Limited spots remaining for term 2 classes!

FAMILY CLASSES AT CERES

Discover the joy of community music with 0-6 year olds 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.

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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?

Family Class at CERES

Brunswick East

Term 2 2024

Monday 15 April to Saturday 29 June
Public holidays: Thursday 25 April & Monday 10 June

Join us for the
TRIANGLE COLLECTION

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This autumn we’ll sing, dance, and “Skip to My Lou,” engage in a little dramatic play with “Meow!” and create jazzy rounds with “Hey, Ho, Nobody Home,” just to name a few of the 25 songs and chants in the Triangle Song Collection. In addition to your weekly classes, your tuition includes materials for you to use at home, access to the online Family Music Zone, a family newsletter full of resources and music-making ideas, and a family line dance!

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

FEES FOR TERM 2

Fees include:

(all in the Lower Merri room apart from Rhian’s Wednesday morning classes, which will be in the Learning Centre at CERES)

Payment options:

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

Reduced rate for 2nd child in the same class sharing the same resources

Siblings under 9 months may attend free with one fee paying child

** Families joining later in a term will pay a pro rata rate of $30 $22.50 per class, plus $75 resource and Music Together services fee

 

 

Termly lump sum:

CERES Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays: $405  $247.50

CERES Monday and Thursdays: $375 $225

or

3 instalments:

CERES Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays:  $135 $82.50

CERES Monday and Thursdays: $125 $75

Things to note:

  • Enrolment is ongoing, however you may choose to opt out at the end of a term
  • Monday and Thursday fees are lower due to one less class in term 2
  • Families joining later in a term will pay a pro rata rate of $30 $22.50 per class, plus $75 resource and Music Together services fee

Register for a term 2 Family class at CERES below

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From our families

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.

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.

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.

Rhian

Music has played an integral part in Rhian's life from an early age which led to her obtaining a music degree from the BIMM Institute in Bristol, England. Rhian is a working musician who performs both as a solo artist and in bands, as well as creating and producing her own music. Rhian joined The Rhythm Tree team in 2022 and really aligned with our belief that children learn best in a rich, pressure free, playful musical environment.

Kimba

Kimba Mitchell has had a lifelong love of music. She studied a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Music, where she majored in keyboards and where she enjoyed singing in the university’s acapella choir at many official functions. With two children, now both in their late teens, Kimba still enjoys the occasional gig and singing on local band’s recordings. She is looking forward to being a part of the team and can’t wait to share her love and enjoyment of music with Rhythm Tree families.

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.

FAQS

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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