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We are SO excited to be planning our our 2022 classes!
We are currently taking Expressions of Interest for our 2022 classes.
We can't wait to make music again with you all soon!

MAKE MUSIC TOGETHER AT CERES

Family classes for your O-5 year old…
and the grownups who love them!

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Imagine a joyful gathering of family and friends, from the tiniest infants to the oldest great grandparents.

Add singing, dancing, jamming and musical play for 45 minutes each week and you’ll get an idea of what Rhythm Tree family classes are like.
Experience a research based, musically rich program run by highly skilled, caring teachers who understand how young children learn.

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Enjoy a sophisticated blend of folk, blues, jazz and world music and gain tools and inspiration to bring more creativity and harmony into your everyday lives.

Why join a Family Class?

CERES Environmental Park

CERES Environmental Park

Home to The Rhythm Tree for 11+ years, our beloved CERES (pronounced series) venue is our most popular location.

Address

The Lower Merri, CERES Environmental Park, 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.

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.

Your Teachers

Gillian

With over 30 years’ experience in education as a teacher, music specialist, teacher trainer, consultant and adviser, Gillian established The Rhythm Tree, Australia's largest Music Together® centre over a decade ago. As the director of the centre, Gillian is passionate about bringing the joy of music to families.

Claire

Claire loves singing songs with Rhythm Tree families every week! Before moving to Australia and starting a family, she worked as an actor and a singer/songwriter. She released two albums and toured with her band playing venues and festivals. Her music has been used in both film and theatre.

Matilda

With a jazz guitarist as a father, Matilda grew up singing and performing. Her love of music led her to a Bachelor of Performing Arts and a career in voice work, TV and early childhood education. Matilda is passionate about sharing music with families and is also a Rhythm Tree teacher trainer and mentor.

Rebecca

Rebecca is a Registered Music Therapist and music educator with qualifications in education support and Auslan. Rebecca believes in the capacity of music to nurture development in early childhood. She loves supporting meaningful family connections through shared musical experiences. She also teaches Rhythm Kids for 4-8 year olds.

Sally

Sally is a passionate singer, songwriter and performer. She has an Advanced Diploma of Music Performance and is part of renowned a cappella trio Aluka, who write and perform experimental vocal music and support artists like Missy Higgins and Clare Bowditch. Since having two children Sally has discovered a love of teaching.

Pricing

We offer an award-winning, research-based, early childhood music and movement program that strongly emphasises and facilitates adult involvement. We encourage families to joyfully experience music.

Class Fees

1 class per week for a family with one child
$ 99 Per Month*
  • Same class sibling discount - $45 off each month
  • Joyful weekly music and movement classes
  • Beautifully illustrated songbook each term
  • New digital song collection each trimester
  • CD to play in the car
  • Access to your Family Portal (where you can book makeups)
  • Music and resources on the Hello Everybody App
  • Access to our online community – The Family Tree House
  • Tickets to special family events throughout the year
  • July to December's monthly price will be $108 due to a longer collection. Family discounts are listed below
  • Please note that each termly fee is divided into 3 equal monthly instalments.
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Bonus extras

Collection dates and fees

Term 1
Collection: Fiddles
Dates:
Monday 7 February to Saturday 9 April. (Public holiday: Monday 14 March)

Term 1 monthly instalments (include $25 resource fee per month, per family)
January: $99 / *$54
February: 
$99 / *$54
March: $99 / *$54 / (Mondays $74 / *$36) 

Additional siblings under 9 months attending same class: FREE
*Additional siblings 9 months and over attending same class 

Term 2
Collection:
Drum
Dates:
Tuesday 26 April to Saturday 25 June (Public Holidays: Monday 25 April & Monday 13 June) 

Term 2 monthly instalments (includes $25 monthly resource fee per month per family)
April: $99 / *$54
May: $99 / *$54
June: $99 / *$54 / (Mondays $49/*$18) 

Additional siblings under 9 months attending same class: FREE
*Additional siblings 9 months and over attending the same class

Term 3
Collection: Tambourine
Dates: Monday 11 July to Saturday 17 September

Term 3 monthly instalments (includes $25 monthly resource fee per month per family)
Note: Slight increase in monthly fee due to one extra week in this collection
July: $108 / *$60
August: $108 / *$60
September: $108 / *$60

Additional siblings under 9 months attending same class: FREE
*Additional siblings 9 months and over attending the same class

Term 4
Collections: Flute
Dates: Monday 3 October to Saturday 10 December (Holiday – Tuesday 1 November)

Term 4 monthly instalments (includes $25 monthly resource fee per month per family)
October: $108 / *$60
November: $108 / *$60
December: $108 / *$60  (Tuesdays $83/*$42)

Additional siblings under 9 months attending same class: FREE
*Additional siblings 9 months and over attending same class

 

Payment breakdown

1st child:  $25.00 per class

Additional siblings under 9 months: FREE

* Additional siblings 9 months or older: $18 per class

Resource fee: $75 per family, per collection (split into 3 x $25 monthly payments)

If you join part way through a collection or if a public holiday falls on your class, you will pay pro rata fees

Enrolment is ongoing with the option to opt out of a term by letting us know one week before the end of the term prior.

Discounts

For siblings attending the same weekly class and sharing resources – Indoor classes

  • Siblings under nine months attend for free
  • Morning family classes $40 off per month
    Fee $54 per month / $216 per trimester
  • Afternoon family classes $60 off per month
    Fee $34 per month / $135 per trimester

Families who attend a second class in the same program will receive a $20 monthly discount. For example if you attend two Family classes per week, or if you attend two or more classes in different programs (e.g. one Family class and one Rhythm Kids class per week) you are eligible for this discount.

Timetable & Registration - Bookings open December for 2022 classes

From our families

FAQS

Early childhood educators consistently recommend mixed-age groupings as an optimal learning environment for children under five years because they foster natural, family-style learning. Younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones; and adults are happy because the children in the family can go to class together. Each child participates at his or her own level.

 

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.

Absolutely. Just as siblings in multi-child families learn from each other, so do the children in our mixed-age classes. Babies will engage at their own level, vocalising, moving, listening, observing, and exploring musical instruments. And any or all of your child’s caregivers—parents, grandparents, nannies—can come share in the experience, both in class and at home.

 

Please ask your teacher for the ‘Babies in the Mixed Aged Class‘ guidebook as this will provide you with guidance on enhancing your experience both in class and at home with your baby.

No. You may notice your child revisiting some behaviours she has moved past but do not confuse this with regression. Your child will not UN-learn skills she has already gained. This process of revisiting actually affirms the progress your child has made as she recognises that she no longer exhibits these behaviours. It also signifies empathy as she adjusts her behaviour in order to relate to the younger children in the room.

Absolutely! In each class we strive to create a musically rich, developmentally appropriate environment where the whole family can enjoy music and nurture skills at the level right for each child. Mixed-age classes also provide a rich learning environment because children of different ages thrive when they interact with each other.

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!

The Rhythm Tree Logo

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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