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At Little Maestros we believe that there is a secret musical place within every child -at every age. Given the chance, a child can grasp onto their musicality and use it as a tool for communication and self expression at a time in life when the words don't come as easily.
Little Maestros classes are child and parent/carer centered. Children are given the chance to explore a range of percussion instruments while improving:
Children learn about the beat, rhythm, dynamics, stopping/starting, packing away, melody and pitch while being introduced to a rich scope of language through nursery rhymes, traditionals, world music and some modern songs.
... hold a safe space for their children to learn, play and sing. What is created through close physical activities
-such as lap rhymes, bounces, tickles and games - is a lovely time of bonding and strengthening of relationship between child and their grown up. It is hoped that grown ups will continue these activities at home..
Singing is a constant, and all activities are accompanied by a mix of backing tracks and, when appropriate, guitar, ukulele, keyboard and drums. Props such as scarves, rainbow dancing streamers, puppet eyes, puppets, various toys, parachutes and hobby horses are used when appropriate to the activity. Each lesson's end is signified by a song tale (book) and a repeat of the hello/goodbye song.
The lesson's structure stays the same but the content changes sequentially. Songs are made available (on request) to parents/carers to play for their children throughout the week, however, grown ups are highly encouraged to memorise songs in class and sing unaccompanied to children outside of class.
Unaccompanied singing, directed towards a child, is the most beneficial.
Cassandra has been teaching and performing music for 19 years and plays piano, guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, alto sax, and various percussion instruments. She’s also learning violin and hopes to add the clarinet and cello to her repertoire.
After 11 years of being a high school music teacher Cassandra had a little boy and fell in love with his world and the music in it. Having discovered a passion for Early Childhood music education and its benefits; Cassandra has obsessively worked and studied towards her goals. Intent on providing a holistic musical experience for 0-5's, Cassandra integrates all her experience as a musician, lover of languages, traveller, mother and teacher.
Cassandra has travelled extensively and has taught music around NSW, London and Italy. While in Italy she taught English as a second language through music, theatre and play.
Cassandra has a Bachelor of Music in Composition, a Masters of Teaching Music and the Australian Kodály Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education for 0-3 years. Committed to continuous professional development; she is currently studying Konnakol and Rhythmic Neuro Gymnastics. Cassandra is planning on doing another Masters in Music Therapy (specialising in early intervention) when her two small children start school.