When Bach meets bubbles

Every week in our music classes for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers we explore a jam-packed programme. Each term we explore a different theme, with the whole class set to music. We use a range of popular and unique songs. We’re passionate about using music as a catalyst for learning, so the programmes are beautifully tailored to the age range of the children.

Music classes for toddlers in Claremont, Cape Town
Instruments for little hands: Each child has a set of beautiful percussion instruments to play during the classes!

A day in my life

So, for example this term our older Pre-Schoolers have been exploring the theme “A Day in my Life”. We use a giant clock to explore the idea of time in life … as well as in music.

These little 4-5 year olds don’t just learn basic time-telling skills. They also learn to recognise and play basic musical notation. But, in between focussing on TIME, we’re connecting with their emotions and giving them tools to interact with others with consideration and emotional intelligence and to work as a team.

Bubbles, bubbles, everywhere!

So, with all the different themes and jam-packed learning experiences, what do all our classes have in common?

Pre-Schooler in music class

One thing springs to mind immediately – BACH and BUBBLES!

Each class ends with a time of packing away the instruments, followed by chasing and popping bubbles. All this happens, whilst listening to a beautiful clip of one of the Brandenburg Concertos, by J. S. Bach.

What’s the big deal about Bach?

Johan Sebastian Bach was born in Germany in 1685. He is thought of as the “Father” of the Baroque period of music. But, in his day he gained notoriety as an exceptional organist, rather than a composer.

Johan Sebastian Bach at Wriggle and Rhyme

The music of Bach can be played on any instrument. His melodies are still so culturally relevant that contemporary musicians have reused them several times.

Deborah le Fer, from THE OPEN UNIVERSITY in the UK says that you can still pick up Bach references in pop music and jazz, centuries after his death.

Apparently artists like the famous jazz singer, Nina Simone, admired Bach’s melodies. So much so, that she herself interwove them into her own songs.

His most famous melodies stick in your brain – think of the the iconic beginning to his “Six Cello Suites” or his “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” or “Air on the G String.”

Click on the link above to have a listen!

We use a clip from the exquisite “Brandenburg Concertos” for our bubble time in class.

What’s the big deal about bubbles?

Bubble play has so many benefits for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Just to highlight a few:

Co-ordination: hand-eye and foot-eye – reaching up to pop the bubbles with hands and feet as they fall to the floor.

Oral-motor skills: blowing the bubbles around the room strengthens the muscles in the jaw and mouth.

Body awareness: becoming aware of your body as the bubbles pop around you!

Spatial awareness: being aware of how your body functions in space and directionality – where are the bubbles moving and landing?

Pre-schoolers playing in bubbles at Wriggle and Rhyme, Cape Town

Interested in finding out even more about the benefits of bubble play? Read this article:

http://activebabiessmartkids.com.au/articles/benefits-bubbles/

So, why not use bubbles more and more in your play time with your own babies, toddler and pre-schoolers.

And, incorporate some beautiful instrumental music from the past few centuries, to expose them to even more and spark interest in the wonder of all that music can offer!

Our baby and toddler classes run in MELKBOSSTRAND, RONDEBOSCH, CLAREMONT, MEADOWRIDGE and FISH HOEK.

http://www.wriggleandrhyme.co.za/our-classes

Our Pre-School classes run as an extra-mural option at partner schools across Cape Town. Please contact our Programme Director for more info – kirsty@wriggleandrhyme.co.za