BABIES CLASSES

MAKE MUSIC TOGETHER WITH YOUR BABY​
For babies up to eight months

Bond and grow musically with your baby in a calm, nurturing and pressure-free environment.

Your baby will learn through play and discovery… and by watching you and other role models around them.

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Your little one is a natural-born music-maker, hardwired to start learning music at birth.
In our Babies only classes, you will be warmly welcomed in an environment that supports your baby’s natural musicality – and their overall development. You’ll learn lots of ways to communicate and interact musically plus how to recognise which of your baby’s behaviours are musical, so that you can support their development at the time when their brain is at its most receptive.
As you sing, dance, play and learn together, you’ll build lasting musical connections with your child and the other new parents in your class and will be given the tools and inspiration to bring musical creativity into your everyday lives.
The music activities and take home materials are specially designed for those of you who wish to learn as much as possible about music development in babies.
This is a one-term class, after which you and your baby may attend family classes.
This class is specifically for babies and their carers only. For those who wish to attend classes with babies and older children together, see Family classes.

Why should I join Babies Music classes?

Babies Class


CERES, Brunswick East

Term 3 2024

Monday 15 July to Saturday 21 September

Join us for the
HARMONICA COLLECTION

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The Harmonica Song Collection has a wonderful assortment of Music Together favourites, such as the foot-stompin’ “Old Brass Wagon,” and the playful “Two Little Kitty Cats.” Your family will delight in “cloc-ing” and “oinc-ing” along to the traditional Argentinian folk song, “Vengan a Ver,” as well as taking time for a snuggle as you sing along to the soft and soothing lullaby, “Raisins and Almonds.” In addition to your weekly classes, your tuition includes materials for you to use at home, access to the online Family Music Zone, and a family newsletter full of resources and music-making ideas. Join us for term 3 and fill your family’s winter with music, fun, and friendship!

Registration Fee: $20  
one time fee for a new family

FEES FOR TERM 3

Fees include:

Payment options:

You can choose to pay a termly lump sum or 3 x monthly instalments

Twins may attend for the price of one child

 

Termly fee: $375

or

3 instalments of $125

Things to note:

  • Enrolment is ongoing however you may choose to opt out at the end of a term
  • Families joining later in term will pay a pro rata rate of $30 per class plus $75 resource and Music Together services fee

Register for term 3 Babies classes at CERES below!

Your Teacher

Sarah

Sarah is a pianist, singer, and composer and has performed and taught throughout Pennsylvania and New York City, and more recently Melbourne. Sarah began teaching for The Rhythm Tree after taking a break to have a baby from 2021-2024, Sarah is so excited to be returning to the Rhythm Tree, now with the experience of motherhood giving her a renewed perspective and appreciation for the importance and amazing effects of music within early childhood development.

CERES Brunswick East

CERES Environmental Park

Home to The Rhythm Tree for 14 years, our beloved CERES (pronounced series) venue is a popular family destination.

Address

The Lower Merri, CERES, Corner of Stewart St & Roberts St, Brunswick East VIC 3057

Getting to class

The Lower Merri classroom is situated underneath the Merri Cafe at the top of CERES.

Please note:
Rhian’s Wednesday morning classes take place in the Learning Centre at CERES.

Parking

If you are driving enter through the mosaic gates at CERES and find a parking space in the car park on your left. If you park as far down as you can you will almost be at the front door of the Lower Merri.

During busy periods the CERES car park may be full. You can park in The Cretan Brotherhood car park on Stewart street and there are a number of additional on street parking spots on Stewart and Roberts Streets.

Spend time at CERES

With an awesome, upcycled adventure playspace, two cafes (including one with a huge sandpit), an organic grocery shop, a plant nursery, roaming chickens, market gardens and so much to explore, see and do – you’ll want to make a day of it at CERES.

From our families

FAQ

How old are the infants in a Babies class?

Infants range from only a few weeks to eight months in this program! Most infants in the Babies program are non-mobile for at least the beginning of the trimester. If your baby is crawling before the start of the trimester you may want to consider a family class.

Should I take a Babies class or a Family class. What's the difference?

The Babies class is structured in much the same way as a family class. In both classes your teacher will lead your through a variety of activities, facilitating joyful and creative ways for you to interact musically with your baby. The main difference lies in parent education. Because the infants are non-mobile, there is a calmer energy in this class which allows the teacher more opportunities to explain the ‘whys’ behind the ‘whats’ and to point out emerging musical behaviours.

At what age should I start class with my baby?

The short answer to this is they are never too young to start music. Babies learn music the same way they learn language; by being immersed in it. Just as it is never too early to start talking to your baby, it is never too early to start singing with your baby.

 

The longer answer is that it is up to you as you know you and your baby better than anyone else. 

We offer a 100% happiness guarantee so, if after the 1st session you decide that you or your baby are not quite ready then let us know that day and you will not be charged for the trimester.

Classes have a family feel, rather than a school orientation, an environment your child will have ample opportunity to experience when he enters the world of formal education in a few years. In addition, children of the same age are not necessarily in the same stage of music development and a mixed-age environment creates a space for exploration and discovery, rather than peer pressure. The Music Together curriculum is designed to teach on many levels of complexity at once, and our teachers are trained in the art of mixed-age learning.

Does it matter that I can't sing?

We have good news on that front! It doesn’t matter how well you sing or dance, it only matters that you do it. Your children don’t learn how to sing from you, they learn to sing. So, if you have fun playing with music, your child will learn to love it too. It’s really that simple! Your role is essential regardless of your musical ability!

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The Rhythm Tree classes take place on the beautiful land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nations.
We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Wurundjeri elders, past, present and emerging. The land on which we sing, dance and play is Aboriginal land.

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