MAKE MUSIC TOGETHER AS A FAMILY...IN FRENCH
Family classes for your O-5 year old…
and the grownups who love them!
Is your family connected to the French language? Would you like the chance to connect with other families, to share songs and music from French-speaking cultures around the globe?
Growing up with a French mother in an English speaking culture, your teacher Claire understands the importance of keeping language alive through music. All the songs she sang together with her mother are a deep part of her and will remain with her forever – just as the songs you sing with your children will remain with them forever.
So what are Rhythm Tree Chantons Dansons family classes like?
Imagine a joyful gathering of family and friends, from the tiniest infants to the oldest great-grandparents all connected to the French language. Add singing, dancing, jamming and musical play in French for 45 minutes each week and you’ll get an idea of what classes are like.
Why join a Chantons Dansons Family Class?
CERES Environmental Park
CERES Environment Park
Home to The Rhythm Tree for 11+ years, our beloved CERES (pronounced series) venue is our most popular location.
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.
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.
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 Fees1 class per week for a family with one child
- Can be paid per trimester $299
- Joyful weekly music and movement classes
- Special French music Spotify playlist
- Access to our online community – The Family Tree House
- Access to our online community – The Family Tree House
- Extra musical videos from your teachers
- Tickets to special family events each trimester
Trimester fee breakdown
13 weekly classes at $23 each
The Rhythm Tree curriculum is split into 3 x 13-week trimesters
You may choose to pay for a trimester upfront or in four monthly instalments
If you join part way through trimester you will pay pro rata fees
Ongoing enrolment with the option of opting out at the end of each trimester
For siblings attending the same weekly class and sharing resources – Indoor classes
- Siblings under nine months attend for free
- Siblings over nine months $40 off per month
Fee $34.75 per month / $139 per trimester
Families who attend a second class in the same program will receive a $20 monthly discount. For example if you attend a French class and a Rhythm Kids class each week you are eligible for this discount.
Timetable & Registration
From our families
The short answer is no, however we are looking for families with a strong connection to the French language. Many of the songs will be in French as well as the chat between classes so it certainly will help if the adults in the room have a grasp of the French language. Children of course learn by absorbing everything that’s going on around them and pick things up quickly.
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 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.