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ChiME Childhood Music Education
Music Lessons for Kids

Beginning at WollCon in the early 70’s our early childhood music program, now known as ChiME, is the longest running program providing music lessons for kids in Australia.

WollCon’s music lessons for kids are designed for children aged 1-8years, providing children with the opportunity to explore music through singing, playing, moving, listening and creating. ChiME is based on the latest research into child development and early childhood education, recognising the importance of a child’s “play-full” exposure to quality music experiences.

ChiME Program
Music Lessons for Kids

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Toddlers

music lessons for kids – toddlers – ages 1-3 years

Fairy Wrens (1-2yrs)

DAY & TIME

Monday 9.15am-9:45am
Tuesday 9.15am-9:45am
Wednesday 9.15am-9:45am
Thursday 9.15am-9:45am
Friday 9.30am-10.00am

AGE GROUP

1 to 2 years of age, as at February of the year they commence

FEE

$132 per 9 week term

TEACHERS

Amanda Fox

Grace Cowling

Simone Boswell

Introduce your child to the wonderful world of music through all their senses as they explore vocalising and moving, playing, listening and feeling.

We offer: a safe, welcoming space; fun, accessible instruments; new as well as ‘golden oldie’ songs and games to continue enjoying at home; lots of repetition to develop familiarity and ownership

Willie Wagtails (2-3yrs)

DAY & TIME

Monday 9.45am-10.15am
Tuesday 9.45am-10.15am
Wednesday 9.45am-10.15am
Thursday 9.45am-10.15am
Friday 10.00am-10.30am

AGE GROUP

2-3 years of age, as at February of the year they commence

FEE

$132 per 9 week term

TEACHERS

Amanda Fox

Grace Cowling

Simone Boswell

As you know, they are on the go-go! This program is non-stop fun: singing, dancing, playing instruments, using props and games as they discover music and build new friendships. We discover and play with the important, first building blocks of music: go and stop, slow and fast, soft and loud, high and low.

We offer: plenty of space for our Toddlers to move their bodies; interesting instruments to explore; new songs and games to play at home

Prep

music lessons for kids – prep – ages 3-4 years

Whipbirds

DAY & TIME

Monday 10.20am-11.05am
Tuesday 10.20am-11.05am
Wednesday 10.20am-11.05am
Thursday 10.20am-11.05am
Saturday 10.00am-10.45am

AGE GROUP

3 year olds – for children who are not starting school the following year

FEE

$159 per 9 week term

TEACHERS

Amanda Fox

Grace Cowling

Simone Boswell

Kaija Upenieks

Let’s make music with our friends, while we will develop our:
social skills: turn-taking, sharing, caring and listening to each other
personal skills: self-control and concentration, independence
physical skills: gross motor, fine motor and vocal control

We offer: a safe place to practice our developing social awareness; more challenging songs and games to build our physical and mental abilities/skills

JaM

music lessons for kids – jam – ages 4-7 years

Junior Age Musicians
JaM-1: Lyrebirds (Ages 4-5 years)

DAY & TIME

Monday 11.15-12.15pm
Tuesday 11.15-12.15pm
Wednesday 11.15-12.15pm
Thursday 11.15-12.15pm
Saturday 9.00am-10.00am

AGE GROUP

Preschoolers – the year before starting school

FEE

$217 per 9 week term

TEACHERS

Amanda Fox

Grace Cowling

Simone Boswell

Kaija Upenieks

JaM-2: Lorikeets (2nd Year Kindis)

DAY & TIME

Monday 3.30pm-4.30pm
Tuesday 3.30pm-4.30pm
Wednesday 3.30pm-4.30pm
Thursday 3.30pm-4.30pm
Saturday 9.00am-10.00am

AGE GROUP

Ages 5-7

FEE

$217 per 9 week term

TEACHERS

Mel Wishart

Anamaria Gomez

What is music? Why does it sound like that? How does music work?

We help our Junior age Musicians develop their understanding of music, by exploring the music concepts:

Tempo (beat and rhythm), Dynamics (volume), Timbre (how sound is made), Pitch (high and low), Style (from pop to folk, multi-cultural to classical)

We create and play our own music, moving and grooving with our friends, using our growing skills and knowledge.

JaM-S

music lessons for kids – jam-s – ages 5-7 years

School Age Musicians: Currawongs

DAY & TIME

Monday 4.30pm-5.30pm (Kindi)
Monday 5.30pm-6.30pm (Yr1/Yr2)
Saturday 10.00am-11.00am (Yr1/Yr2)

AGE GROUP

Ages 5-7

FEE

$217 per 9 week term

TEACHERS

Mel Wishart

Anamaria Gomez

This is the one year abridged JaM course for school-age children (Kindergarten, Year 1, Year 2) who are new to ChiME. Classes are 60 minutes, students are placed in similar age groupings with a maximum of 10 students in each class.

Transition

music lessons for kids – transition

JaM Graduates – for children who have completed JaM

DAY & TIME

Monday 3.30pm-4.30pm
Monday 4.30pm-5.30pm
Tuesday 3.45pm-4.45pm
Tuesday 4.45pm-5.45pm
Wednesday 4.00pm-5.00pm
Wednesday 5.00pm-6.00pm
Thursday 4.00pm-5.00pm

AGE GROUP

School Yr1 – Yr3

FEE

$258 per 9 week term

TEACHERS

Janet Andrews

Using skills developed in JaM, students spend a fun year exploring over 15 different instruments, to find one they might like to learn. They will spend three weeks trying various orchestral brass, strings, percussion and woodwind instruments, as well as guitar, keyboard, recorder, speech, drama and singing. They are then assisted in choosing an instrument to learn, which includes our exclusive MISA questionnaire (Musical Instrument Suitability Assessment)

We offer: smaller classes (maximum of 6) to enable focussed learning and support; orchestral instruments of various sizes suitable for children to safely and successfully explore

InTrO

music lessons for kids – intro

New students in Years 3 or 4 at school

DAY & TIME

Monday 5.30-6.30pm

AGE GROUP

School Yr3 – Yr5 with no previous ChiME experience

FEE

$258 per 9 week term

TEACHERS

Janet Andrews

InTrO Year (Instrument Try-Out) is an exciting 12-month course specifically for students in Year 3 and 4 at school who have not participated in the JaM program. It combines elements of JaM and Transition.

Students spend the year trying over 15 different instruments as they learn about the various music concepts. They are then assisted in choosing a suitable instrument or focus.

MISA

music lessons for kids – misa

Musical Instrument Suitability Assessment (MISA)

AGE GROUP

Ages 8+

FEE

$71

As part of Transition and InTrO, parents are given the opportunity to complete a MISA questionnaire to assist the family in choosing an instrument or study best suited to their child.

This assessment is also available for older children (8yrs and above) not enrolled in the ChiME program.

Additional Info

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Application information

To apply for classes, please use our online application form and nominate your three preferred days.

Please apply for the level you think is most suitable for your child, we will use their date of birth and other information you have supplied to confirm the most appropriate level.

Child minding for siblings

An adult must attend with your child throughout the ChiME program. Siblings cannot attend classes but a free on-site child-minding service is offered (subject to limited numbers) for siblings of children in a ChiME class.

Music lessons for kids of an early age provides them with a creative opportunity to discover, express and share who they are. We use our whole self when making music – as your child explores and develops their brain and imagination as well as developing their physical abilities through playing, moving and singing.

During each ChiME lesson you and your child join other parents/carers and their children on a path of music exploration that will help develop your child’s social skills and self-confidence, as well as their sense of belonging and well-being.

With parent/carer participation, and no more than ten children per class, each child experiences the positive world of music in a fun, relaxed, supportive and stimulating environment.

The ChiME program culminates in a Transition year where students try over 15 different instruments, including speech, drama and singing, helping them choose an instrument or focus to which they are most suited.

Watch your child thrive as they rise to each new challenge and help them develop a lifelong love of music.

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“I can’t speak highly enough of the ChiME Program. The teachers are enthusiastic and so engaging. It is a wonderful introduction to music, and also allows other positives such as spending time with your child and making new friends. The Transition program is particularly unique and beneficial. Where else would a child be able to learn about and try a wide range of instruments prior to deciding what they love?”

Tess Burgess

Parent of ChiME student

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To me, Janet Andrews is the Mary Poppins of music. She is so passionate about music education, and she has such a magic with the children.

Tess Burgess – Parent of ChiME student

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