On this page you will find more detailed information about our classes. If you like what you see, why not come and try us out by joining a class near you?
Baby Bees (3-12 months)
Our Baby Bees classes give your little one a full sensory experience. All our classes focus around the singing voice, a lot of which is unaccompanied. Unaccompanied singing gives the child a focus with little other distraction, starting their journey listening to pitch.
We also play a range of percussion instruments to our babies in these classes – some are played by the teachers, giving them a sensory experience through sound and sight. Others are played together with carer and baby participation, working on fine motor skills with the baby eventually joining in and holding the instruments themselves.
There are a range of props used in our classes, from colourful scarves to light-up balls. These are great for the little ones to feel and touch but are also great visual aids to help draw their attention.
Babies feel the beat through their bodies, from tapping on their arms and legs to bouncing them in time to the music. This begins their learning in identifying rhythm and beat and helps along the way in their learning to clap and move to the beat independently.
Familiarity and repetition is a very important factor in our babies’ day to day lives, so we like to keep to this routine in our Baby Bees classes. Singing to our babies at any time is key to keeping them feel soothed, relaxed and entertained but it also gets them used to melodies and pitch at a young age.
Classical music is a great tool to calm babies and introduces a different genre to them from the start of their musical journey. This is why we aim to play classical music to them during their sensory experience to give them a well-rounded class experience.
Mini Bees (1-2 years)
Our Mini Bees classes help to further develop your child’s social, physical and musical skills. With continued attention on singing and unaccompanied song the children have a higher chance of focussing on the music with little distraction from other sounds.
Children at this age are finding their voices and exploring their surroundings which is why we do a lot of action and movement songs at this stage. Lots of moving around and energetic actions with carer participation helps them to differentiate between when we can be up on our feet and running around and when we should be sitting down and joining in with quieter songs. This won’t work immediately so don’t worry if your child is still running around when everyone else is sitting playing instruments. Every child works at their own pace and you will be surprised at how much they are actually taking in!
At this age our children enjoy spending time with each other and making new friends. For this reason, we do a lot of group games and songs to engage their social skills. We use colourful, vibrant props like puppets, cuddly toys and hula hoops to encourage the shyest of children to join in with their classmates.
Singing is very important to instil confidence in our children, so we focus on getting them to join in the singing at every opportunity. It is encouraging to them to see their grown-ups singing along too (regardless of how “musical” they are), so carer participation in class is important. With everyone singing together the classes are a more enjoyable and engaging experience for everyone.
Repetition and familiarity is also important to children of this age group as it helps to ingrain what they are learning into their minds.
Bumblebees (2 years +)
Our Bumblebee classes aim to further develop the child’s social and physical skills and have a particular focus on musical skills and building self-confidence.
Continued focus on the singing voice at this age encourages them to sing too. Singing on their own or as part of a small group helps to make them more confident performers in the future.
With sections of the class set out for playing small percussion instruments, in Bumblebees we give composition a try. Here we look at playing in small groups or alone, and either play instruments along with some music in the background, or completely unaccompanied. Our aim here is to make the children into confident, performance ready stars!