MAKE MUSIC TOGETHER AT MC SQUARE
Family classes for your O-5 year old…
and the grownups who love them!
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.
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?
MC Square Arts Centre
Our Doncaster home. Room 4 on the 2nd floor of the MC Square Arts Centre.
687 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster VIC 3108
Getting to class
Take the lift from the car park or main entrance to the second floor and follow the path around to your right to get to Room 4.
The centre has its own underground car park which can be accessed via Doncaster Road and Tully Drive.
Spend time at MC Square
With Doncaster Library and MC Square cafe on the ground floor and a community piano just outside the main entrance, you may want to make a morning of it! MC Square is also home to Manningham Maternal Health and Community Services, Doncaster Art Gallery and Art Studios and has wonderful views across the city and the Dandenong ranges. You may also like to visit the wonderful Ruffey Lake park and do a bit of shopping at the nearby Westfield Shopping Centre.
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 $376
- Joyful weekly music and movement classes
- New digital song collection each trimester
- CD to play in the car
- Beautifully illustrated songbook
- 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
- Extra musical videos from your teachers
- Tickets to special family events each trimester
Trimester fee breakdown
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
From our families
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.