High quality music education
Greenwich Early Years Music

Quality classes for babies & toddlers

Discover accessible, high quality music for babies & toddlers - and for parents!

 

Discover engaging classes that provide a real foundation in music   

 

Our classes

Children love coming to make music at Greenwich Early Years Music! 

Each session is part of carefully designed curriculum which allows children to develop musical awareness, creativity and ability.

Greenwich Early Years Music

How it works

Our core classes take place weekly during term time, with extra sessions over school holidays.

Pay for 5 or 10 sessions and attend within 3 or 4 months respectively.

 
 
A fantastic method of teaching music to toddlers, we are so lucky to have found them!
— Olga, parent
 

BOOK A CLASS

Alexandra Hall

Weekly classes

Upcoming sessions - Summer holiday classes:
Friday 4th August, Friday 11th August, Saturday 19th August
Autumn term classes:
Fridays 15th, 22nd, 29th September, 6th, 13th, 20th October (no class at half term 27th October), 3rd ,10th, 17th ,24th November, 1st, 8th December 

TRY A SESSION

To see what a class is like, you can book a single session.

LOCATION

Alexandra Hall (next to Charlton United Reformed Church) 
109a Bramshot Avenue, Charlton SE7 7HX

SIBLINGS

The price for siblings is £1 each per class. 
Siblings under 9 months are welcome free.

Music Makers (for 2 & 3 year olds)
10:30am-11:15am

 

Songs and Sounds (for 9mo-2yrs)
11:30am-12:15pm

 
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Standalone sessions

Standalone sessions

Cradlesongs, family music and other open sessions, at Alexandra Hall or The Forum at Greenwich

Cradlesongs

Singing session for parents with babies up to 9 months, and expectant parents.

Location: The Forum at Greenwich, Trafalgar Road SE10 9EQ

Dates: Thursday, 8 June 2017, 11:40am

 

Family music session

For ages 9 months - 3 years

Location: The Forum at Greenwich, Trafalgar Road SE10 9EQ

Dates: Thursday, 8 June 2017, 10:45am

 
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"Cradlesongs is something I enjoy just as much as my daughter. Eleanor is a warm and enthusiastic teacher and makes us all feel comfortable. The class has also widened the repertoire of songs I sing at home to my daughter."
- Lauren, parent

 
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What is Greenwich Early Years Music?

 

What happens in each class?

Cradlesongs: Singing with your baby
(for expectant mothers, and those with babies up to 9 months)

Experience the joy and relaxing benefits of singing in this small group session for expectant mothers and carers with babies up to 9 months old. You'll learn the fundamentals of good singing technique through breathing and relaxation exercises, learn a collection of beautiful songs and lullabies, and create a rich musical experience for the little ones. 

Songs and Sounds
(for 9 month - 2 year olds)

In these sessions we’ll be learning songs to sing, moving to music, bouncing to rhymes, and exploring sounds with simple, child-friendly percussion instruments. For the littlest ones (who won’t be singing themselves just yet!) seeing and hearing their loved ones sing and make music is fantastic for their musical development, and we’ll use touch, movement, and colourful scarves to involve all their senses in making music!

Music Makers
(for 2 & 3 year olds)

In these sessions, we’ll be singing songs, exploring rhythm and pulse, and creating music with percussion instruments. We’ll involve our whole bodies through dance and action songs and we’ll be learning basic musical concepts as we play, such as dynamics (loud and soft), tempo (fast and slow) and pitch (high and low). Parents and carers take an active part in the class and we have a lot of fun making music together!

 

Who teaches the classes?

 
Bethan Scolding MMus

Bethan Scolding MMus

Bethan is a professional pianist and co-founder of Greenwich Music School. She became interested in music in the early years through a desire to find out how the first steps into music are made. She aims to help children develop a life-long love of music, and provide them with the very best musical skills and understanding right from the start of their music education. She is an experienced music educator and has been delivering classes, instrumental tuition and and holiday courses for children aged 0-6 for over six years. She has an MMus in piano performance from Trinity Laban and performs as a soloist and chamber musician as well as teaching piano to advanced level. Read more about Bethan.

Eleanor Rastall MMus

Eleanor Rastall MMus

 

Eleanor is a professional singer, a teacher and choir leader in London and holds an MMus in Vocal Performance (Distinction) from Trinity Laban. Recent performance highlights include Belinda in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah and her debut performance at the Royal Shakespeare Company in A Merchant of Venice. In addition Eleanor has been working as Assistant Musical Director on projects for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and teaching for The Actors Guild and Music in Offices.

Read more about Eleanor.
 

 
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Our unique approach

What happens in our classes?

  • Our classes are interactive and aim to create simple musical experiences, carefully directed so that toddlers and babies can participate. We sing songs and rhymes, play rhythm and movement games, and explore sounds.
  • There will be some recorded music, but mostly we use our voices and percussion in songs and rhymes that you and your child can continue to explore outside of the class.
  • We explore high and low, fast and slow, loud and quiet, and rhythm and pulse, as well as telling stories and expressing ourselves through music. The tutor may also give short performances on their own instrument.

How you can join in!

  • Everyone joins in the class, including parents and carers. But there is no right or wrong way to join in!
  • Each activity is a starting point for making music. If the tutor suggest clapping or wiggling, but your baby is in the mood to be gently rocked then go for that instead.
  • Babies just love to hear their parents and carers voices, so please do join in songs once you know them. Even just humming along creates a lovely sound for the babies to listen to. For toddlers, it will give them the confidence to use their singing voice too. If you aren’t in the mood to sing, just tap your knees or clap along instead.
 

Why early years music?

  • Babies and toddlers are naturally musical and our interactions with them are full of music, even when we don’t realise it.
  • Just think of the extra rise and fall that so many of us use when speaking to them. And when we instinctively bounce a child in fun, or rock them to sooth them, they are experiencing rhythm.
  • Many toddlers also sing to themselves as part of play and they hear a wide variety of music from the radio and television too. A weekly music class forms a very small part of each child’s musical experience. Therefore at Greenwich Early Years Music we don’t teach babies music, they are already musicians!
  • We offer the opportunity to come together and explore music, guided by a professional who understands how musical skills develop, and how to encourage children’s natural musicality and confidence making music.

Our expertise

  • As part of Greenwich Music School we are committed to best teaching practice, continually seeking ways to develop and improve, as well as staying up to date with the latest developments in music education.
  • As part of this, in some classes we may be joined by other tutors and trainee tutors from Greenwich Music School.
  • All our tutors have a full DBS check and adhere to our code of conduct and child protection policy.
 
 
 
 

Want to know more?

Sign up to hear as we open classes for booking through the year, or contact us if you have any questions. 

 
 
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