Which Flutterby usic class is suitable for your child?
There are a few Flutterby music class options depending on the age and confidence level of your child.
Caterpillars - Babies & Pre-walkers. (with parent/carer)
A perfect introduction to music for your little one - calm, singing-based sessions - perfect for bonding and leading to real musical skills. We have structure and routine - always the bee, the ball, some moving around and teddies with listening, and everyone soon comes to know what to expect and look forward to the next part. Classes are gentle, fun and musical.
Music and the development of musical skills is at the very centre of each and every carefully planned class. We bounce, sway, roll, tap, walk (carrying them) at different speeds, and play different instruments to and with them so that they can hear and feel the pulse - such an important aspect of learning music!
Chrysalises - Walkers to 2 Years Old. (with parent/carer)
Lots of musical learning fun! Music and the development of musical skills is at the very centre of each and every carefully planned class. Without realising it, the children are learning about music through songs and rhymes chosen to incorporate the week’s concept. We explore counting songs, rhymes, action songs, respond to music with our bodies and props, move around at different speeds and enjoy being rocked, bounced and swung. The structure of the class keeps things familiar and secure and helps the children to look forward to particular activities (such as the ball and the bears) and to know when it's their turn. The children develop favourite songs, try out a variety of percussion instruments to highlight songs or concepts and find the bear family each week in Musicland.
Red Butterflies - 2 to 4 Year Olds. (with parents/carers)
This is an active class for children attending with their parent/carer with lots of movement, circle dances and musical activities that focus on keeping the beat along with activating the ‘inner-ear’ and developing a good sense of pitch. Music and the development of musical skills is at the very centre of each and every carefully planned class. Without realising it, the children are learning about music through songs and rhymes chosen to highlight the week’s concept (fast-slow, high-low, loud-quiet etc). Props, instruments, movement, actions, games and dances all help to imbed the concept and physicalise it.
As they become more independent, we encourage more of a response (if they are ready for this!), and some children are confident enough to start to sing within the class. We frequently ask the children for their ideas and choices (for actions, for the next movement, food for Harry Hare to eat etc) so that they are fully engaged and included in what happens within the class. Every week we meet Daddy, Mummy and Baby Bear in Musicland, try out a variety of percussion instruments and develop our imagination through the story within the songs.
It is advisable to spend a term in this class prior to starting Orange Butterflies.
Orange Butterflies - 3 to 4 Year Olds. (without parents/carers)
For confident 3-4 year olds (those that need a little parental support should consider Red Butterflies). Children attend class independently of their parents/carers - giving them permission to express themselves freely! We do lots of fun musical games, songs and rhymes, try out plenty of instruments and start to read pictorial music notation (through our bears’ footprints). We gently encourage the children to join in with activities and find their singing voices, giving plenty of opportunities for giving ideas and choosing.
Music and the development of musical skills is at the very centre of each and every carefully planned class. Without realising it, the children are learning about music through songs and rhymes chosen to incorporate the week’s concept (fast-slow, high-low, loud-quiet etc). Props, instruments, movement, actions, games and dances all help to imbed the concept and physicalise it. Pulse development is central to music and we do lots of practice!
Yellow Butterflies - 4 to 7 Year Olds. (without parents/carers)
Would you like your child to learn an instrument when they are older? Then this after-school class would be the perfect starting point to gain musical skills, or the ideal next step from the Orange Butterflies class.
This class concentrates on developing the singing voice (encouraging pitch-matching and singing in tune), exploring different rhythms and embedding a sense of pulse. We unlock the songs we already know by singing them with the bear family in their rhythm language and later translate the songs into stick notation so we are able to 'read' rhythms. We also start to name our singing pitches with solfa (do-re-mi) and use hand-signs to physically feel the relationships between pitches. This is invaluable for learning an instrument later.
Learning is achieved through fun games and activities which the children love (particularly the treasure box!) and all the preschool preparation finally starts to ‘click’ as they develop their musical understanding. Everything is a gradual process, with each little step following very organically from the experience the children already have with the help of characters such as Solfa Sam and Tapping Tina.
Green Butterflies - 5 to 7 Years Old. (without parents/carers)
This class is by invitation only for those children who have completed the Yellow Butterflies after-school class the previous year. New children can only join this group if they have previous Colourstrings experience up to the required level.
Musical learning continues with songs that the children know, and new ones that we learn and play games with to establish a good experience of the musical aspects within them before these are explained and turned into rhythm, solfa or notation. The children play with more complicated rhythms and learn the full solfa scale, becoming increasingly more confident with both. They are also introduced to the aspects that make a minor sound and start to write both rhythmic and pitched notation in a systematic way.
The class also helps with non-musical skills such as social skills, cognitive brain development, listening skills, memory skills, symbol recognition, and is a space for fun and play.