MAKE MUSIC TOGETHER AT HOME

Choose from Family or Rhythm Kids classes

Experience our high-quality, award winning music and movement program from the comfort of your own home. 

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Family Classes are designed for you and your 0-6 year olds but everyone is welcome to join in the musical fun!  Your highly skilled and caring teacher will lead your whole family to sing, dance, play, and jam and show you how to make everyday items like dish towels, pots, balls and soft toys into musical props.

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In Rhythm Kids classes, your 4-8 year olds will drum, sing, move, and play to rhythms inspired by musical traditions around the world, from West African Gahu, to Japanese Taiko, to Brazilian Samba, just to name a few. Rhythm Kids classes are split into two age levels :

Level 1: For children in 4 year old kinder and prep/foundation (4 – 6 years)
Level 2
: For children in grades 1 and 2 at school (6 – 8 years)

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Even though your teacher is on the screen, each class is designed as an active and engaging music-making experience.

Why join an Online Class?

Childrens Music Class - The Rhythm Tree Melbourne

Why Rhythm Kids for my child?

Fun facts about our online classes

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You’ll never be late

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You don’t have to sit in traffic or find a parking spot

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You can attend in your PJs

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You can eat in class

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You can sing as loudly as you like

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Your pet can join in

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Your whole household can join in

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You don‘t need to worry about the weather

Your Teacher

Josh

Josh is an experienced Disability Support Worker, Performing Musician and Guitar Teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance and has recently begun his Masters of Music Therapy. He currently plays in various jazz ensembles and an 8 piece afrobeat/funk/latin group in venues around Melbourne. Josh has a passionate connection to music and a natural approach based around improvisation and play. He is committed to creating space to allow for growth of skill, confidence and social connections for all involved in the class.

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.

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
$ 86 Per Month
  • Term lump sum: $260
  • Joyful weekly music and movement classes
  • New digital song collection each term
  • CD to play in the car
  • Beautifully illustrated songbook
  • Access to your Family Portal (where you can book makeups)
  • Music and resources on the Music Together App
  • Access to our online community – The Family Tree House
  • Extra musical videos from your teachers
  • Tickets to special family events throughout the year
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Bonus extras

Collection dates and fee breakdown

Term 1
Family class collection: BELLS / Rhythm Kids Collection: ELEPHANT

Term dates: Monday 29 January to Thursday 28 March

Note: additional siblings attend online classes for free

Families have the option of paying for the term upfront in a lump sum, or by splitting this amount into three monthly instalments.

Fees include a beautifully illustrated song collection book, high-quality music in CD and digital form, online resources and a Rhythm Tree tote bag which includes an egg shaker, dancing scarf and ‘music and your child’ guidebook

Payment breakdown 

One-off registration fee for new families: $20
Cost per class: $20 per family
Resource fee (per family, per collection): $80 (this fee includes postage and is already incorporated into above term fees)

If  joining part-way through a collection, you will pay pro rata fees along with the $80 resources fee

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.

Timetable & Registration
Term 1 registrations open to public Monday 4 December at 4pm

From our families

FAQ Top Tips for Online Clases

Worried about screen time?

We wouldn’t normally recommend screen time for very young children, but here’s the difference: YOU!  When children stare at a screen solo and passively receive information, they don’t learn in the same way as when they have an actively participating caregiver or parent beside them engaging with the on screen activity. So just like in our face-to-face classes, your participation is the most important ingredient. The teacher will be on screen, your child may see their classmates on screen too, but it is truly your interaction with your child that will ignite their engagement and musical development! 

Should my baby have screen time?

We recommend no screen time for babies. Position your baby so they are looking at YOU, not the screen. Follow your teacher whilst the baby watches you and inspires you to make each day more musical.

What if my child doesn’t engage with the screen?

DON’T WORRY if your little one doesn’t engage with what is happening on screen during class.  Don’t encourage very young children to look at the screen at all in fact. The most important aspect of online class is that you and your little one carve out time to have fun with each other – singing, dancing, jamming and playing every week! There is no pressure for you to perform – it is not about getting it ‘right’, rather it is about joining in! It is wonderful for children to observe parents having fun making music during class as this gives them the message that musical play is valued in their family. 

Why mixed ages?

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.

Should my baby be in class with older children?

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.

Will my older child regress being in class with babies?

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.

May I bring both my children to the same class?

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.

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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