Music sessions help to develop young minds

Guitar teacher and music hour host Claire Timmons (left) says an early introduction to music is vital for a child's development.

Guitar teacher and music hour host Claire Timmons (left) says an early introduction to music is vital for a child's development.

According to Suzuki Early Childhood Music and Classical Guitar teacher Claire Timmons, the early introduction of musical appreciation is vital to the early development of music and life skills for babies and toddlers.

The passionate musician and educator hosts a series of one-hour sessions at the Margaret River Uniting Church on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, aimed at engaging happy children and parents in a variety of activities based around music, instruments and movement.

“I use a series of varied activities – nursery rhymes, action songs, playing instruments and dancing to engage children and their parents or grandparents,” Ms Timmons said.

Ms Timmons has been operating the class for around eight years and said daily exposure to music was an important part of developing coordination and communication skills from a young age. 

“The maximum number of children in any class is ten, so we are able to relax and focus on listening, watching and making music together.

“There are so many ways music can help children grow and understand the world, and it is also a very pleasant way to spend time with your child. Participants can join in at their own pace, allowing a relaxed atmosphere where everyone can enjoy themselves.

“Come to the class and you will be going a long way towards giving your child the gift of music.”

Music Hour for Babies and Toddlers is held at the Uniting Church on Tingle Avenue and is open to children aged 0 to 3. Children may begin at any time during the ten week term. For more information and to register, text Claire on 04 2830 8493 or email clairevdbt@hotmail.com.

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