Mixed Age Family MUSIC Classes
For 0-5 year olds
and the grown ups who love them
Why should I join Mixed Age Family ClassES?
Bring joyful music making into your home with our fun, interactive, pressure-free music classes!
Join our friendly teachers and community as we make musical memories together.
We run face-to-face classes at six venues across Melbourne (see our timetable below for details). You can choose in-person indoor, in-person outdoor or online classes (where your family can participate from the comfort of your own home).
All our classes are taught by highly skilled, caring teachers who maximise fun, engagement and learning. We follow the award winning Music Together curriculum which includes a blend of folk, blues, jazz and world music. Our music is pitched specifically for children’s voices, the arrangements are fun, sophisticated and loved by children and grown ups all over the world!
As easily as they learn to walk and talk, young children learn to sing, dance and make music by watching and imitating role models around them. Grown up participation in class helps create an environment that supports children to achieve basic music competence. There is zero pressure for parents or caregivers to perform or get it ‘right’, but when caregivers model following instructions and joining in, children learn that musical play is valued in their family!
Enrolled families attend weekly 45 minute classes (in-person or online) and receive a new Music Together song collection in high res digital audio with a beautifully illustrated songbook and CD every 13-week trimester.
Families also gain access to our Facebook group – The Family Tree House where teachers post original content. This is a safe space where families connect, gain inspiration and share stories about joyful music making at home. Videos and mini-classes are also accessible via our website for families who don’t use Facebook.
We offer a flexible booking system – so if you can’t make it to class – you can book a make-up class pending availability with any of our teachers – six days a week.
1st Trimester: 1 February to 15 May
Bells song collection
2nd Trimester: 17 May to 28 August
Triangle song collection
3rd Trimester: 30 August to 11 December
Fiddle song collection
On registering all new families receive a FREE registration pack (normally valued at $30)
Music and your Child – parent’s guide book
Musical growth chart
Rhythm Tree tote bag
Free ticket to our special event each trimester (Family boogie, singalong or concert)
$94 monthly payments
Can be paid per trimester ($376) or for whole year ($1,128)
1st trimester payments: January, February, March, April
2nd trimester payments: May, June, July, August
3rd trimester payments: September, October, November, December
- Weekly classes with your teacher (from February to mid December excluding public and Victorian school holidays)
- Make ups for classes missed or for classes that fall on public holidays (up to 4 per trimester & subject to availability)
- A new song collection every trimester in high res digital audio and CD plus a beautifully illustrated songbook
- *Music and your Child – parents’ guide book, musical growth chart , egg shaker per child, Rhythm Tree tote bag (*All for new families)
- Discounts for siblings (see chart below) and families doing 2 or more classes
- Exclusive access to online resources on the Hello Everybody App and Family Music Zone
- Access to our vibrant online community – The Family Tree House
- Live mini classes on The Family Tree House
- Recorded videos from our teachers focused on musical crafts, songs, games, drumming activities, lullabies, musical story times, learn-to-play tutorials, scavenger hunts and more!
- Access to your family portal
- Family ticket to a special event each trimester (e.g. Family boogie, singalong or concert)
Attending the same class
for additional siblings attending same weekly classes & sharing the same resources
- Siblings under nine months are free
- Morning classes or Rhythm Kids: $40 off monthly ie. pay $54 monthly ($216 per trimester)
- Afternoon family classes: $60 off monthly ie. pay only $34 monthly ($135 per trimester)
- All siblings are free
Attending 2nd class in the same program or attending babies and family class
- $20 off monthly per family
- $40 off monthly per family, if at least one class is online
Attending both mixed age and Rhythm Kids
- $10 off monthly for 2nd program
Your child will learn through play and discovery ...and by watching you and other role models around them
Family class timetable for 2021 (mixed age)
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, vocalizing, 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 behaviors 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 recognizes that she no longer exhibits these behaviors. It also signifies empathy as she adjusts her behavior 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.