FIRST STEPS IN MUSIC 0 – 3

As a new mother going through this stage as well, I know how the first months of a baby’s life are really a big (but wonderful) challenge for a parent and if you are reading this page you deserve a great BRAVO!

Now that the hardest phase has passed, you may feel ready to help your baby develop their innate musical potential.

You are in the right place!

FIRST STEPS IN MUSIC is Music Tree’s course for families with children aged 0-3 that helps you to support your child’s musical development with original songs and creative ideas.

What makes this course different is that it goes deeper in your child’s understanding of music by combining neurological and musical research. We bring music to your family in a special and fun way, also to help you bond with your child.

IS THIS YOU?

  • You’re looking for a new and interesting way to introduce music to your child
  • You want to share music with your child, but you’re tired of the same old nursery rhymes
  • Music has always been something special in your life and you want to find a creative way to experience it with them
  • You believe that musical learning supports your child’s general development
  • My approach is based on using rich and creative music where fun is at the core of the learning process.

MY PHILOSOPHY:

  • I believe in having no more than 10 children per class as this allows the teacher to follow each child needs and development better throughout the term
  • After 18 years of teaching, I believe that promoting rich and interesting music shouldn’t compromise the fun and creative process of learning
  • I create musical games and songs specifically designed to stimulate the cognitive and psychomotor development of children
  • Parental/carers participation is encouraged in my classes to grow children’s passion for music
  • I use non-verbal and instrumental music to enrich children’s musical vocabulary
  • My classes encourages improvisation and individual exploration which increases a child’s creativity

The first three years of life is an incredible learning window, important not only for the development of cognitive and psychomotor skills but also for the musicality of your child. If guided with joy in a creative environment, children can develop their musical potential naturally, with no stress and rush. My goal as a teacher is to support this learning path by guiding the children to become musical guides for them. Music Tree’s teachers sing, move and interact with them, suggesting also to their parents and carers how to create a musical bond with their children.

At Music Tree, we base our classes on Gordon’s Music Learning Theory: we sing songs in all the modes and meters of western music, we compose our own songs and we create musical dialogues to support children’s creativity and responses to music. Movement is another fundamental element of our sessions that help children develop their coordination.

The latest studies in music education and neurology suggest that all children are born with innate musical potential and, like in the development of language, we can support the development of musical skills in a natural way, creating a musically rich and creative environment in our sessions. Our goal, when children are very young, is to guide the couple child-parent through a magical journey made of sounds, non-verbal communication, movement and dance.

My little one really loves the music class. We have been to a lot of different ones and she normally seems a little bit overwhelmed. However, in this class, she is completely comfortable and smiles from start to finish (and is super happy and chatty afterwards). It’s our favourite class of the week!”

Hannah, Review on Hoop

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS during the classes you will learn songs and activities that you can then repeat at home with your little one. Are you afraid you won’t remember them? Subscribe to our online course MUSIC AT HOME 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE TO OUR SESSIONS

SMALL GROUP sessions at music tree

Max 10 children – Classes are held at Music Tree’s new music school at 50 Barnsbury Street N11TP

WHEN

From MONDAY to FRIDAY at 3.15 pm and on TUESDAY ADN THURSDAY morning at 10.00 am

FEES

Trial sessions: Music Tree suggests 2 trial sessions for £28. After the trials, the rest of the term fee will be applied or you can book for a single session.

  • Whole term £154 (11 sessions)
  • Single session £16

ABOUT THE CLASSES

  • Expert music tuition
  • Live music
  • Restricted class numbers (max 10 children and 10 parents)

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS the teacher will suggest songs and activities that can be done together in the session or after it, taken from our online course for families MUSIC AT HOME.

BUBBLE GROUP you and your friends

Create your own group with your child’s friends and one of our early years music teachers will run customised classes at your home or at our school. It’s not necessary to own musical instruments, the teacher will provide them for the sessions. We suggest a maximum of 10 children per session and to create a space for the class free from toys, where children, parents and the teacher can move, dance and sing without too many distractions. 

WHEN customised classes can be arranged by contacting info@musictreeuk.com

FEES Contact info@musictreeuk.com

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS the teacher will suggest songs and activities that can be done together in the session or after it, taken from our online course for families MUSIC AT HOME.


MEET THE TEACHERS

TIZIANA POZZO Music therapist, music and pianist, Tiziana has collaborated for years with educational institutions (from nurseries to universities) on music projects in Italy, Spain and the UK.  Tiziana graduated in piano from the Music Conservatoire in Venice and in Music Therapy in Padova (Italy). She gained her expertise through training courses in Italy and abroad in the development of children and their natural understanding of music.
In 2016 she started collaborating with Creative Futures and University College London for different research. She is one of the co-founders of Music Tree and Highbury Park Music. She also works in the UK and abroad running CPD courses for teachers, educators and music therapists. She’s one of the co-founders of Gordon UK Music Research Institute, where she co-delivers “Music Learning Tree – International Training Course about Music Learning Theory”, for teachers training in early years music.

ILARIA FORESI is a versatile singer, artist and teacher based in London.  Ilaria began her music training in Rome. At the age of 20, after completing a foundation diploma at the Saint Louis Music College, she moved to London to perform and continue her music studies, incorporating new subjects such as composing, arranging, production and songwriting. In 2017 she graduated from The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance with a BMus (Hons) in Popular Music Performance- Vocals. Alongside her private singing teaching, she developed her interest in early years music education by assisting music educator Alison Blunt during her “Music and Movement” classes and workshops at the Ann’s Tayler Children centre. In 2020 she became a qualified MLT music teacher, after completing “Music Learning Tree – International Training Course about Music Learning Theory” course delivered by Gordon UK Music Research Institute.

READ MORE ABOUT OUR SESSIONS:

Are your classes based on Gordon’s Music Learning Theory (MLT)?

Yes, MLT is an explanation of how we learn when we learn music. Based on an extensive body of research and practical field testing by Edwin E. Gordon and others, MLT focuses on children’s natural music attitude development. Music, among others, also supports language; attention and concentration; non-verbal communication; motor and socio-emotional development.

What is the main principle of MLT?

The main idea of MLT is that we learn music in the same way we learn a language. Children need to be exposed to a rich music environment to develop their musical potential (not just nursery rhymes!) as much as they are exposed to the complexity of language when they are newborn babies (actually even before). That’s why we sing songs that are composed in all the tonalities, modes of jazz and tempos of western music.

Why do you sing songs without words in the classes?

During our classes, we use mainly melodic and rhythmic songs without words, sung with neutral syllables like PAM or BAM. This is because the spoken language is predominant in children’s lives. Our brain naturally focuses on language to understand the meaning of lyrics, losing the musical aspect or reaching them only after the words. Singing without words helps children focus directly on melody, rhythm and harmony. 

Why do you sing PAM-BAM? 

PAM-BAM are neutral syllables and children can repeat them very easily. In this way, when they are ready, a musical dialogue can be created with the teacher (P-B-A are some of the first sounds pronounced by a child). Songs are short to be entirely followed by babies and toddlers as their ability to be focused is still developing.

Why a non-verbal environment?

We leave space for silence after every song… but that moment is not empty! It’s actually full of the sounds that children have just listened to and it’s exactly at that moment that they start developing their internal musical listening, and therefore their musical understanding. 

Why are children free to move in the room and there are no specific activities that you teach them?

Children need to listen to music in the way they prefer to create a positive relationship with it. We know that even if they’re not looking at us, they are listening and that’s the most important thing for their musical development. Also, to develop their musical skills, children need to move in relation to rhythm and music. As they grow, they move in different ways according to their age and personality. We follow each child’s development and that’s why the activities are based on children’s natural responses to sounds and music.

First stages of children’s musical development?

0-18 months oldAbsorption: Children listen and aurally collect sounds of music from the environment with their cognitive potential.

12-18 months old – Random answers: Children move and babble in response to the sounds from music of the environment, but they are not aware of it.

18-36 months old – Purposeful answers: Children try to relate movement and babble to the sounds from the environment. They start imitating intentionally.