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Kodály inspired music education

I’m currently on the train home after a truly inspirational week at the British Kodaly Academy’s summer school in Nottingham. It’s been my sixth residential course with them and it’s enabled me to further develop my own musicianship (with Bori Szirányi) and provide opportunities to reflect upon and develop my own teaching methods. In addition to this we’ve enjoyed daily sessions of vocal technique, choral workshops, conducting classes and opportunities to play singing games with the wonderful Lucinda Geoghegan. The evenings offered more varied distractions ranging from a ceilidh to… Read more Kodály inspired music education

Class Changes

Over the last few weeks I’ve had a few enquiries about classes from parents of very young babies. The general comments have been that the 12:00 slot is not ideal, so for the remainder of this term I am combining the classes for 0-30 months into one class at 11:00. I’ll give this arrangement a thorough appraisal before deciding upon groupings and timings for the Summer Term. If you have any questions or enquiries, please let me know Janey 07762 102732  

Christmas Greetings

What a fun term we’ve had a Maxwell Mini Music. It’s been a delight to see the children developing and gaining self belief in their physical and musical abilities. We’ve had a number of new families join us this term and they’re settling in well. The personal highlight for me has been a Jumpling suddenly believing in herself and now joining in singing and sometimes leading the songs. The new term starts on Monday 14th January with the usual three sessions. The Jumplings class, aimed at pre-schoolers aged over 30 months, starts… Read more Christmas Greetings

Fun course and Autumn Term continues

Just returned home after the first day of a British Kodaly Academy study weekend.  I’m currently studying for their Early Years Accredited Certificate and this weekend includes personal musicianship development, pedagogy discussions and input plus the first assessment sessions. Great day today and looking forward to more of the same tomorrow. After a two week break, my Early Years sessions resume on Monday in Beckenham.  These Monday morning classes are presented in three separate classes enabling me to best meet the needs of the children.  The 10am slot for Jumplings, is … Read more Fun course and Autumn Term continues

The fun start again on Monday 10th September

I’ve had a fun-packed summer of music including singing in Beverley Minster and in Verdi Requiem at the Proms, plus I’ve spent many hours up in the Gallery at the Royal Albert Hall at the BBC Proms, which culminates in the Last Night this evening. In addition to this, I’ve attended a total of ten days of Kodaly inspired Early Years music courses and am bursting full of ideas for the new academic year, which starts this Monday.  I have spaces in each class as a number of families have… Read more The fun start again on Monday 10th September

Summer fun and looking ahead

Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine. I’m holding summer classes on just one date this year: Monday 13th August. The details are: Babies             4-18 months       12:00 Bobblers        18-30 months     11:00 Jumplings      30-48+ months  10:00 £6 per child – sibling rate 2 children £10 Classes held in St George’s Church, Beckenham BR3 1AX Please book places on 07762 102732 or maxwellminimusic@gmail.com Then looking forward to the Autumn term the details are: September 10th, 17th, 24th, October 1st, 8th, 15th,… Read more Summer fun and looking ahead