Another happy post!

I recent posted some comments from parents and carers who have enjoyed Maxwell Mini Music. I’ve just had another message and it’s too good not to share!

We joined Janey’s music class when my youngest daughter was around seven months old.  We both love her weekly sessions, which have given us a little protected time away from busy lives to experience the joy of music together. Janey organises the sessions in such a way that the children quickly become familiar with their format, and my daughter has enjoyed the props and instruments she introduces in some of her songs. We regularly enjoy singing some of the songs we have learnt together when at home, and my eldest daughter has picked them up from us and loves to join in too. Janey’s classes are a wonderful start to music for babies and children alike – we cannot recommend her more highly.

Classes are held in the centre of Beckenham on Monday mornings. To book a trial class, contact Janey on 07762 102732 or maxwellminimusic@gmail.com

Happy post! Happy families!

I’ve recently received some lovely feedback from parents and I’m delighted to be able to share their comments. My Kodály-inspired classes are held in the centre of Beckenham on Monday mornings. Come and join the fun.

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‘My 2 year old daughter has been going to Maxwell Mini Music sessions since she was 6 months old. She loves singing and the physicality of the sessions. She has learnt lots of songs and sings them all the time at home. She has developed a good sense of beat and she’s developing an understanding of pitch and is singing in tune.

Janey is an expert in early years children’s musical education. She is always enthusiastic and passionate about what she does. She has developed a lovely relationship with my daughter who gets so excited about going every week’.

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‘You are doing such an amazing job and Sophie has learnt so much from the music experience not only in terms of singing and actually making music that includes an every increasing awareness of pitch and rhythm but also in terms of gaining confidence in learning about numbers, words, lyrics and texts in familiar and enjoyable contexts making her a much more independent young girl. She is not even four yet and is already willing to perform to others. Furthermore, your teaching has helped her to develop her social skills and she has learnt how to interact with others ever more meaningfully as they played and performed together in teams. And all this within a totally and huge fun and positive atmosphere.

For me, as her grandma, it was a very special time and I hugely enjoyed seeing her and the others grow, interact and perform with increasing confidence and at the same time enjoying every event hugely’.

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‘My daughter started at Maxwell Mini Music when she was just walking and had a phenomenal time learning to sing with Janey. The groups were extremely upbeat with both fun dances and some instruments too. By the time she started primary school she had developed the beginnings of a musical ear and tone in her singing as well as a real love for the teacher Janey!’

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Autumn Term classes start 9th September

After a summer filled with fresh air, exercise, reading and loads of music, I’m feeling mentally rejuvenated and refreshed ready for the new term ahead.

It’s been good having a couple of weeks after the British Kodály Academy’s Summer School to process all the wonderful new ideas before the start of the new academic year.  Autumn Term starts on Monday 9th September.  Looking forward to meeting long standing families and friends and greeting new ones to the sessions.

Autumn Term dates 2019

  • September 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th
  • October 7th, 14th & 21st (No class on 28th)
  • November 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th
  • December 2nd & 9th

Classes

  • 4-30 months (Babies & Bobblers)      11:00
  • 30-48+ months (Jumplings)                10:00

Charges

  • £78 for whole term – £6 per session (Sibling £4 per session pro rata)
  • Trial session £6
  • Drop-in £9 per session per child – sibling rate 2 children £15

Location

  • Classes held in St George’s Church, Beckenham BR3 1AX

 

Places are still available.  To book your place ring Janey on 07762 102732 or email  maxwellminimusic@gmail.com

If you’d like to find out more information on the British Kodály Academy, check out their website http://kodaly.org.uk or their Facebook page

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 a piano masterclass from the amazing Orsolya Szabó. The tutors, drawn from around Britain and Europe, including the Kodály Institute in Hungary, have been on top form  throughout the week. Although physically tired and looking forward to a quiet, early night this evening, I’m feeling mentally rejuvenated and refreshed ready for the new term ahead.

Tomorrow I’m holding two Maxwell Mini Music sessions in St George’s Beckenham: 4-30 months meet at 11am and 30 months+ at 10am.  Then looking ahead, the Autumn Term starts on Monday 9th September.  Looking forward to meeting long standing families and friends and greeting new ones to the sessions.  Places are still available for both tomorrow’s classes and the sessions starting next month.   To book your place ring Janey on 07762 102732 or email  maxwellminimusic@gmail.com

More information about the British Kodály Academy can be found on their website http://kodaly.org.uk or check out their Facebook page

Summer is on the way

The sun is shining, bluebells are blooming and the birds are singing. That must mean the Summer Term of Maxwell Mini Music is nearly here.

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I’ve had a fun and musical-packed Easter holiday. St George’s Church choir had an amazing tour to Italy where we sang in five different venues including St Paul’s and St Peter’s Basilicas. 

 

 

After we’d returned from Italy, I was home for one day before heading off to Huddersfield. This may not be as exotic a location as Rome but it didn’t disappoint. I was there on a four day course held by the British Kodály Academy. The days were busy but very productive. The three hours of morning sessions were for everyone and included vocal warm-ups, choir and the highlight of the morning, musicianship classes with the wonderful Lucinda Geoghegan (of National Youth Choirs of Scotland and EY music publishing fame). The four hours of afternoon session had various options ranging from conducting and ensemble singing to preparing lessons integrating children with special educational needs in the primary classroom. As I’m currently studying for the Kodály Certificate in Early Years, most of my afternoons were spent with Zoe Greenhalgh (author of ‘Music and Singing In The Early Years) looking at various aspects of Early Years methodology. Learned so much and had loads of fun along the way.

I’m now bursting with ideas and enthusiasm for the term ahead. Maxwell Mini Music classes start again this Monday 29th April at St. George’s Church in Beckenham. 4-30 months at 11am and 30 months+ at 10am. Looking forward to meeting long standing families and friends and greeting new ones to the sessions.  Places are still available in these small friendly groups.  To book your place ring Janey on 07762 102732 or email  maxwellminimusic@gmail.com

Music is everyone’s property.

I’m spending the day writing an essay on Zoltán Kodály and Katalin Forrai as part of my Kodály Certificate in Early Childhood Music and this quote has struck home.
 
‘Music is everyone’s property. But how can we let it belong to everyone? We can, if a small child’s interest in music and his mood for singing a song are not ignored for years on end. We can if he learns his music, not as a foreign language, but as his musical mother tongue; if it is inside him and grows in him from the earliest possible stages of his life.’ Zoltán Kodály
                 Katalin-Forrai                                       Kodaly
Classes continue on Monday in Beckenham. Under 3’s 11am. Over 3’s 10am.  For further info contact Janey on 07732 102732 or maxwellminimusic@gmail.com

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