Newtown Junior Beats

Fun filled music classes for children aged 3 – 8 years

New class 9:00 – 9:50 – INTRO TO MUSIC

Due to a high level of interest we are opening enrolment for an additional INTRO TO MUSIC class. The proposed time (numbers pending) would be 9am to 9.50. To register for this class please follow the link below:

Intro to Music 10:00 – 10:50 class is now FULL

10:00 – 10:50 class is now FULL

Covid 19 plan

  • If your child does not feel well. If your child has symptoms of viral respiratory disease, even if they are mild, they must not attend our classes. Likewise parents who have respiratory symptoms must not take their child to a setting or pick them up. Parents must not take their child to a childcare setting if a parent or anyone else in your home is suspected of having or known to have Covid-19. If your child becomes ill while attending our classes, you must collect them as quickly as possible, contact your GP straight away and follow HSE advice
  • Parents should follow the drop off policy.  During this period, it is important that parents and guardians are physically distant from each other and socialise as little as possible with others when dropping off and collecting their children.
  • Do not bring any toys from home. Children must not bring their own toys from home.
  • Please ask your child to use their bathroom at home as close as possible to class time. This ensures that there is less movement of children and less surfaces being touched!
  • Hand sanitiser will be available before each class starts and children will be asked to use it.
  • Shared instruments will be thoroughly cleaned before and after each class they are to be used in.

5 Reasons Ukulele Lessons Are Great for Kids

If you’re looking for a beginner’s instrument for your child, consider the Ukulele. Not only is it unique and fun, but it’s easier for younger children to get started on the Ukulele. The fun nature of this instrument keeps kids interested and engaged in lessons and in learning more about music.

About the Ukulele

The ukulele is part of the lute family that developed in the Hawaiian Islands during the late 19th century. It’s a small, guitar-like instrument with four strings and developed from the Portuguese machete. Although it is played around the world, the ukulele is often associated with Hawaiian culture.

Why Start with Ukulele Lessons for Kids

If you’re considering starting your child in music lessons, here are five great reasons to consider the ukulele.

1. Ukuleles are inexpensive.

Unlike other beginning instruments, the ukulele is inexpensive. Quality instruments appropriate for beginners range between 35 and 80 euro. If your child starts Ukulele lessons, then decides he no longer wants to play, you don’t have the large investment you would with other instruments.

2. Ukuleles are small.

Many kids want to learn to play the guitar, but their little hands aren’t big enough to wrap around the neck. If your child is interested in the guitar, consider introducing the ukulele first. Not only is it similar, but it’s small enough for a child’s hands to easily manipulate. And because it’s so small, a ukulele can be hauled around to practice and other places without issue. Many are small enough to fit in backpacks.

3. Ukuleles are easy to play.

Ukuleles are one of the easiest instruments for beginners to learn. There are only four strings and, unlike the guitar, fretting is easy to do. Ukulele chords are simplistic and don’t require odd hand and finger movements. During music lessons, beginning ukulele students learn how to strum and pick and soon they are making music on their own.

4. Ukuleles teach kids about music.

As a first instrument, ukuleles teach kids about music and music theory. Through ukulele lessons, a child learns about beat, harmony, melody, rhythm, and tempo. The ukulele also helps children develop eye-hand coordination as well as independent movement of fingers. If you have a child who wants to eventually learn the guitar, starting with a ukulele often makes the process easier and less frustrating.

5. Ukuleles are fun.

One of the best reasons to start your child in Ukulele lessons is because playing the ukulele is fun. Since it’s small and easy to learn, kids get excited as they quickly learn to play fun songs and melodies. They love the instrument’s Hawaiian charm. As an added bonus to parents, the ukulele has a soft mellow sound that can’t be heard through the whole house.

 

UKULELE classes (6-8 yrs)

Saturdays, 11:00 – 11:30 and 11:40 – 12:10,

Limited numbers!!! Register here.

WE HAVE MOVED !!!

New venue is: The Scout Hall, John’s Hill, Waterford 

Map address:

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Some of our rhythm patterns! Happy clapping!!

A sample of our Kodaly based rhythms which we learn on a weekly basis:

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Enrolment open for September 2019

Enrolment open for September 2019

Please click this link to get to enrolling form http://www.newtownjuniorbeats.ie/enrolment/ 

Now enrolling for Summer classes!

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