IAM Hobart
Quality music education ages 2-102

Kids’ Classes

Designed and produced in Australia, IAM Hobart is the only place in Tassie with teachers trained and licenced to teach the highly respected and award-winning Encore classes for ages 2 to adult.

 

  For 2-3 year olds  

Kinder Beat is an outstanding award winning start to music, featuring musical activities and skills that children of the 21st century need for cognitive development and accelerated learning.  Setting the benchmark for early childhood music, our engaging characters – Kinder Bear, Kinder Roo and Joey, make sure the fun factor is always embedded.  Each 45-minute weekly class is a building block ensuring musical enjoyment is extended with each new song.  Lots of musical creativity, two full-colour workbooks with professional quality CDs, taught in a fun, unpressured classroom environment supported by a Parent or Carer. Siblings may attend.

 

Introduction to foundation skills necessary for all musicians:

  • Beat, Metre, and Rhythm – Using A Wide Range of Percussion Instruments
  • Aural – Developing Listening Skills
  • Pitch – Singing Songs
  • Gross Motor Skills – Movement, Action, Body Percussion
  • Movement, Dance, Gesture
  • Musical Games

Instruments and Props:

  • Music Box, Rainbow Ring, Parachute, Streamers, Hoops, Scarves, Balls
  • Flash Cards, Worksheets, Specialised musical interaction via a different character toy each level
  • Chime Bars, Puppets, Coloured Felt Strips, Bells, Shakers, Rhythm Sticks, Tambourines

All teachers have undertaken specialised national training to teach this course.
Classes have a maximum of 10 children per group. A parent/carer must attend and participate.
Siblings are welcome in morning Classes, but are not able to participate.
See Hints for Parents below for other helpful bits.
At 3.5 years, the children can progress to Kinder Beat Piano.

  For 3.5 -4.5 year olds  

Kinder Beat Piano has set a new benchmark for early childhood piano.  Super Cool Mouse is the hip character adding that very special dimension to this unique and developmentally precise exploration of the piano.  Each 45-minute weekly, interactive music programme is specifically designed to develop all aspects of early music fundamentals for this most receptive age group. Rhythm is treated as the most important foundation element because it is the basis of all music-making, no matter what instrument or style the child chooses later in life.  Appropriate hand and finger shapes is carefully managed and developed, while exploring creativity on both the black and white keys, as well as playing rhythmic and melodic ensembles.

Focus Activities:

  • Pitch through singing and listening
  • Movement, gesture and response
  • Encouragement of creativity and improvisation
  • Body Percussion and Ensemble playing
  • Development of Gross and Fine motor skills and co-ordination
  • Rhythmic response using Percussion Instruments
  • Musicianship skills through songs, rhymes and rhythm
  • Listening Skills through Music Appreciation
  • Elementary Notation, Rhythmic Reading, Composition and Writing
  • Verbal Interaction, Discipline, Self-Control, Concentration, etc
  • Music Games and Activities for musical fun and social interaction
  • Worksheets and Flashcards
  • Learning to work in a Group and develop Social Skills and new friendships

Lots of fun, lots of great music props (see Kinder Beat 1 & 2).
All teachers have undertaken specialized national training to teach this course.
Classes have a maximum of 10 children per group. A Parent/Carer must attend and participate.
Siblings are welcome in morning Classes, but are not able to participate.
See Hints for Parents below for other helpful bits.
Kinder Beat Piano is an exciting development in early childhood piano and is a great preparation for our Junior Piano classes.

 

  For 4-6 year olds  

Junior Piano features the lovable Onkie characters, who assist in developing multiple learning layers and whole-pattern learning to promote faster, more accurate learning of music as a language, so children feel and think in musical units.   It builds confidence in children because every aspect of learning the piano is purposeful, stimulating, and engaging.  Physical coordination, motor skills, posture, balance and technical foundations are all integrated through the whole series of 4 books, each with their own professionally produced CDs and accompanying flash cards.  By the end of the series students are ale to play in different keys (including minor!), transpose at the piano, play basic chord progressions, read notation, play by ear, and perform with confidence.  This is an outstanding children’s piano class. Children are grouped in age in classes.

Junior is specifically designed to encompass a wide range of musical activity in short segments across different “work stations”, which enables concentration levels to be kept at the optimum during the lesson. Our classrooms are equipped with a quality Digital Piano for each student in the classroom, as well as a full range of Percussion Instruments. Magnetic Music Boards for all students simplify theoretical work and all piano pieces are learned with the additional support of Speed Variable Backing Tracks.

In each 45 minute weekly lesson, the students experience:

  • Songs for enjoyment, musical expression and musical foundation
  • Aural (Ear) – to train the musical ear for faster comprehension
  • Singing using words and solfege, to build a library of pitch and melodic patterns
  • Percussion – practical experience of learned rhythmic patterning
  • Finger Zips to develop keyboard skills on a micro level
  • Ensembles to develop part-playing skills
  • Keyboard Harmony skills, to play chords, transpose, play by ear, and improvise

A Parent or Carer sits beside each student and assists with discipline, motivation, and class participation.
Students must have a suitable Piano/Digital Piano/Keyboard for home practice from the first lesson.
All teachers have undertaken specialized national training to teach this course.
Classes have a maximum of 10 children per group.
Because of the need for silence to maximize the Aural learning activities, siblings are not permitted in afternoon Classes. An unsupervised waiting room is available next door to the classroom.
See Hints for Parents below for other helpful bits.
Children from the age of 7 who’ve had no or minimal previous musical experience begin at Primary.

 

 

  For 7-9 year olds  

Primary is a dynamic, comprehensive series of 2 books (with CDs) where children learn to play hands together from the very first lesson! Because it teaches the piano using a “five finger” approach rather than the “middle C” approach, it allows students to learn the piano as both a melodic and harmonic instrument, treating the right and left hands as equal partners and establishing a musical versatility that allows the hands to swap parts with ease.  A wide range of musical styles is experienced from Baroque to Rock and Jazz to Pop.  Primary introduces Finger Taps which establish finger numbers, develop dexterity and reinforce fingering patterns.  They are an excellent way to develop the young musician.

(For more detail see also Junior above)

Parents and Carers do not have to attend after the age of 7, but are highly encouraged to sit beside their child to assist with discipline, motivation, and participation.
Because of the need for silence to maximize the Aural learning activities, siblings are only permitted in afternoon Classes with prior approval.
Students must have a suitable Piano/Digital Piano/Keyboard for home practice from the first lesson.
All teachers have undertaken specialized national training to teach this course.
Classes have a maximum of 10 children per group.
See Hints for Parents below for other helpful bits.
Children who’ve completed the Junior or Primary course are eligible for our Achiever Classes.

 

 Achiever Classes 

Achiever is for graduates of Junior, Primary, or Accent classes, to further expand the musical and technical skills being developed. Through 4 excellent books (all with their own CD) the students learn to develop a higher level of artistry, technical proficiency and creative fun!  Achiever is suitable for a wide range of ages and based on training the student in musicianship not just piano performance.  The student develops practial skills in playing by ear, sight reading, exploring different voicings, transposing at the keyboard, playing along with chord progressions, keyboard harmony, scales, cadences.

This is an exciting course where students learn to bridge traditional and modern styles, and where they discover how to think outside the score, to understand the theory underpinning each song and then being able to add their own flavour to make it their own.

Achiever is carefully graded so performance pieces and musicianship skills are closely aligned with AMEB exams for those interested in going further on piano.  At the end of Achiever students will have achieved a playing standard equivalent to around grade 3 or 4. Wow!

  Other Instruments, All Ages  

Private and Group Lessons are available 6/days week for ages 9+ in
Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocal.
We offer Accent on Piano for Teenagers and Adults who prefer a beginner Piano class environment using the excellent Encore series developing musicianship skills for beginners.
We also offer Microwave Your Music for adults who want to discover how to play along with their favourite songs or guitar or keyboard.
And we also offer FREE adult piano lessons on Tuesday evenings.
Just ask Lyndon.

  IAM Hobart  

Beginning as Kawai Music School at Geoff Long Music in North Hobart, the International Academy of Music Hobart builds on over 60 years of quality music education and employs 10 teachers with over 250 students each week in individual and class lessons across Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Bass, Uke, Drums, and Vocal.

Please also see our Enrolment Form, Newsletter and Parent Tips for helpful info.
Still unsure? You are very welcome to an obligation-free Observation Lesson or Assessment (no cost, but subject to availability and booked through the Director).

Geoff Long Music has beginner keyboards available for Rental. See Geoff for advice on buying a Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Drums, and heaps of accessories, strings, and sheet music.
Lessons are available six days/week, subject to minimum numbers. Please let us know your availability so we can keep you up to date with upcoming classes.

 

 

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