When children hear a rhythm, it is in their nature to mimic. Rhythm is the first step towards understanding and learning music. This is why percussion music is the best choice as an introduction to music.
There are a wide variety of instruments in the family of percussion. Apart from keyboard instruments such as xylophone and marimba, percussion instruments also include a wide range of drums. Children will have the opportunity to explore all the percussion instruments.
‘Ensemble’ is one of the main characteristics of percussion music. A complete musical piece can be produced only by the collective effort of instruments. Group class encourages children to collaborate as a team. This can also further develop children’s response to timing coordination and their ability to concentrate.
There is 1 lesson per week and 10 lessons per term. Term schedule is according to the public school timetable. All lessons are 50 minutes in length, except for Advanced level, which is 90 minutes, plus 10 minutes of teacher and parent communication.
Children are allowed 2 make-up lessons per term. We recommend having the make-up lesson in another class in the same level. If no other classes are available or a time cannot be arranged, a 15-minute make-up lesson will be arranged during revision weeks. Week 10 is Performance Week and it is compulsory.
It is essential for students to have the correct instruments for class and home practice in order for them to maintain interest and to grow with good learning habits. Our Instrument Bag (containing a variety of rhythmic percussion instruments) is necessary for in class and at home practice. The Glockenspiel is necessary for practicing melody at home.