Baby and Toddler Music with Jackie

What is Baby and Toddler Music with Jackie? 

Our music sessions have traditionally been live and interactive led by Jackie and her guitar.  They involve singing and music making, movement and most of all fun!  Sessions are tailored to each age group to help stimulate and develop your child’s senses and abilities.

In May 2021 we will return to offering our music session at our centre at 188 Pleasance for babies & toddlers.  These sessions are led by Jackie and she is playing her guitar and using lots of different instruments and props but her singing is pre-recorded due to guidance.  Our baby sessions will include a session of music then support time; an opportunity for you to meet and get to know the other parents in the session. We will encourage you to bring along a flask with a warm drink. Our toddler groups will not, presently, include support time as guidance does not allow for this.  There are lots of nice cafes and green spaces around our centre, where you can potentially meet up with your group after class.

All sessions at the PPC are socially distanced and we will share lots of info about how we aim to keep you safe, once you have been offered a space.

Age appropriate activities range from clapping, bouncing and tapping with young babies through to going on sound journeys through story telling with the 3 and 4 year olds.  And in between there are percussion instruments to explore; stimulating multi sensory props and puppets, and balls, hoops and the parachute to have fun with in a musical context.

However, we will be trying to keep the props and instruments to a limit as everything has to be sanitised between classes.

The sessions are on Mondays and Thursday.  Check the table below to see which session would suit your family.

These are rough guidelines to the age of the group and are flexible depending on the stage of your child.  If you have 2 or more children please choose the age range to suit your oldest child and their younger siblings can come along to that class to join in the fun.  The family class activities  aim to involve all children in the session.

Age group Monday Timings Thursday timings
Baby Class (0-6 months) 9.45am – 10.45am 1pm – 2pm
Older Babies (7mths-18mths) 1pm – 2pm 11am – noon
Toddlers (2+) 11.15am – noon

9.45- 10

 

Times correct at May 2021

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How will it benefit my little one?

The emphasis of all classes is on the child’s experience of music.  For music to be understood it has to be felt so it is important that we create the feel of the beat for our children (particularly when they are young).   Engaging with our children in this way will help to foster musical comprehension, coordination and expressive sensitivity.

The sessions go further than just helping to develop musical understanding, the sessions encourage basic communication skills such as waving or pointing  and the ability to share.  Recent research has shown that classes involving interactive music-making and learning set songs benefit babies and young children than listening to recorded music. You can see further information on this research at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120509123653.htm

How will it benefit me / my partner?

The Music sessions here at the PPC are very much a social and fun time.  It is a great opportunity for parents not just to bond with their child but also to meet other parents, to make friends and share experiences.

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What to expect

Our usual welcoming and relaxed approach to music and groups have had to be adapted to ensure we are meeting guidelines around Covid-19.  We have social distancing in place, our groups are smaller and we have adapted our centre to ensure your group not going to come into contact with other groups.  When a space is offered to you, our friendly office team (Sara, Kasia and Val) will share lots of info around keeping you safe.

More Information and How to Book

If you are interested in joining a session please get in touch with us to check if there is a space.   We run the music classes during holidays as well so if you are interested in joining a summer music class please get in touch to be added to the interest list for this.

Payment

Once you have a space on the music classes you can continue coming along for as long as you wish or until your baby is ready to move up to the next age group.  Usually, for 6 consecutive weeks it is £45 per adult and child.   If siblings are coming along we charge half price once they are mobile and able to join in.

Please note that we never turn anyone away due to financial restrictions and so if you feel this is unaffordable, do get in touch; we will come to an arrangement that ensures you can attend our sessions.

For more information on the sessions including the structure, benefits and further testimonials please see Jackie’s website

What other parents say about the classes

“Music  is the highlight of our week! I love the fact that we sing original songs and that we are accompanied by real music (Jackie with her wonderful voice and guitar) rather than a backing tape.

 

“The fact that I have a huge repertoire of songs has saved me from many a meltdown and it’s lovely to be able to teach friends and family sweet, different and entertaining tunes.”  

 

“I have no doubt that this class has helped my daughter’s confidence, language development and co-ordination – turn taking, sharing and being nice to each other is all encouraged.  The cup of tea and blether after the class is also a wonderful way to meet new mums and catch up with the lovely friends you make from coming along.