Jackdaws are running a series of fun and educational music classes for babies and toddlers, using singing games, movement and rhymes to inspire a lifelong love of music.
Our simple songs, singing games and rhymes will introduce musical concepts like tempo, dynamics, rhythm and pitch, giving parents and carers ways to connect, encourage creativity and musically play with their under 5s.
Starting after Easter, sessions run weekly at Jackdaws in Great Elm from Monday 20th April, 10-11am with cafe on site and free parking. In our beautiful setting at Jackdaws’ beautiful Lehane Wishart garden studio overlooking the Rose Garden with a large outside area to play and learn in, we’ll feel close to nature as we sing and dance together, led by Eliza Wylie.
The Jackdaws cafe will also be open for tea, coffee and cake.
Eliza has been teaching music and dance to people of all ages since 2002. Her groups use a mixture of unaccompanied songs and rhymes, some of which will be familiar, and some will be new. As well as using our voices we also do a lot of moving; wiggling, swishing through the air, bouncing and clapping so children and parents quickly understand how to listen for and move to the beat. Our aim is for our children to start singing, continue singing, and never to develop a complex about not being able to sing.
We use no backing tracks, and songs are easy to learn and sing; simple enough for toddlers to take home and become part of their play and musical learning.
Sessions are £6 drop in, or £45 for the series of 9 (£5 per session – a saving of 17%). For more information and online book visit The Eggs Music Page
Our One Day Courses are open to musicians and non-musicians of all abilities. Running from 10:30am – 4pm, the price includes lunch and tuition, and welcome coffee from 10am. They give the same high-quality tuition you expect at Jackdaws, without taking up a whole weekend.
Singing for the Over Fifties
Sat 30 November
When we ensure that our voices are used correctly, we can continue to enjoy all the benefits that singing brings to our lives as we get older. Penny’s inspirational course is for singers of all abilities, with no upper age limit!
Healing with the Voice
Sun 1 December
Opera Singer, Teacher and Sound Healer – Anne Bourne gives an introduction to the healing power of your voice. She will encourage you to find your true voice and unlock its healing potential to transform mind, body and spirit. Bring a yoga mat/blanket and notepad.
One Day Courses cost £45, including lunch and refreshments.
Understanding Your Voice
Sat 7 December
With key breathing and vocal exercises to help you develop a healthy and more secure vocal technique, Voice coach Jessica Walker will help you to increase your confidence as a singer and get the most out of your voice.
From Panic to Poise
Sun 8 December
Performing can be a deeply enriching experience, yet many musicians experience anxiety when performing in public. Wendy will introduce you to practical strategies drawn from Cognitive Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming to help manage this anxiety.
We have officially reached autumn and we’re looking forward to the next few months of courses at Jackdaws because our One Day Courses will enter their fourth season.
One Day Courses are the perfect introduction to making music at Jackdaws. In 2011 we decided to swap our usual programme of weekend courses in November and December for a series of one day singing taster sessions. It turned out to be a success – three years later, we are running day courses on topics from Playing Jazz to using Alexander Technique.
With top quality tuition and a famous Jackdaws lunch provided, taster days are open to musicians of all levels and give you the opportunity to try something new. Perhaps that’s playing a new genre of music at “Jazz Day”, or singing as part of your first opera chorus in “Come and Sing the Magic Flute”.
What’s happening this year?
Alexander Technique for Musicians
Saturday 15 November
Singing for the over 50s
Sunday 30 November
Saturday 6 December
Singing with Confidence
Sunday 7 December
Come and Sing Mozart’s Magic Flute
Sunday 14 December