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.
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
Term 1 2024
Monday 29 January to Thursday 28 March
Public holiday: Monday 11 March
Join us for the BELLS COLLECTION
In the upcoming song collection, families will play with their voices by mimicking the sounds of instruments in the “French Folk Song,” and Spanish-speaking animals in “De Colores.” (Did you know that in Spanish, roosters say “Quiri-quiri quiri” to wake people up?) Making funny animal sounds, lip-burring, and other tonal play helps children explore their vocal register, discover their singing voices and distinguish them from their speaking voices. And since children learn from contrasts and by expressing music with their full bodies, you’ll be hopping lightly like birds and sliding smoothly like an ice skater. You’ll have so much fun you won’t even notice that you’re learning staccato and legato! In addition to your weekly classes, your tuition includes recordings and materials for you to use at home, including access to the songs through the Music Together app. Join term 1 session and play, sing, laugh and learn with families in your community
Registration Fee: $20
one time fee for a new family
FEES FOR TERM 1
(all in the Lower Merri room apart from Rhian’s Wednesday morning classes, which will be in the Learning Centre at CERES)
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 and Thursdays: $345 $202.50
CERES Monday, Friday and Saturdays: $325 $180
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday classes: $115 $67.50
Monday, Friday & Saturday classes: $105 $60
Things to note:
- Enrolment is ongoing however you may choose to opt out at the end of a term
- Monday, Friday and Saturday fees are lower due to one less class in term 1
Register for a term 1 Family class at CERES below
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.
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.
Rhian’s Wednesday morning classes will take place in the Learning Centre at 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.
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.