Little Songbirds

Tuesdays  9.50am to 10.35 term time only

Contact: Iva Butler

Phone: 07720 059409

Cost: £5.50 per session or £9.00 with a sibling. Visit the website for more information on charges and discounts.

Little Songbirds is a playful, inspiring and very friendly music class for children from 12 months old (though younger ones are welcome, too) up to the age of 3 years with their parents/carers. It uses the Colourstrings Kindergarten holistic approach based on the philosophy of Zoltan Kodaly, the famous Hungarian music teacher.

The main stress is on singing nursery rhymes famous and lesser known, with specially selected and beautiful children’s songs published attractively in three available books.

In this age group it is mostly parents and carers who do it, but by doing so they wake up the interest and desire in children to do the same once they can.

Through various activities children are developing their sense of pulse, social abilities, confidence and speech.

Children are particularly interested in music and there have been many studies showing the connection between music and brain development. Music can be used to help children learn to read.

Colourstrings was developed in the 1970s in Finland by the Hungarian brothers Geza and Czaba Szilvay, both well known string players and educators. Their approach to music teaching is based on Kodaly principles. This introduces musicianship and early instrumental skills in an integrated way.

The Colourstrings approach is a child-centred teaching philosophy where children build a solid musical foundation by taking small steps. As we help a child to listen, say a few words and then finally to read and write, in music we help them to listen, feel, sing a few notes and then finally to read and write music notation. The idea is for children to learn through experience. At first this is happening unconsciously, and as they grow they begin to talk about what they are doing in music and in the end read it and write it.

About Iva Butler:

Iva Butler (Fleischhansová) studied violin in the Czech Republic and in Manchester. She has¨ performed worldwide with orchestras (The Academy of Ancient Music, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Classical Players, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Suk Chamber Orchestra, Talich Chamber Orchestra etc), and as a chamber musician and soloist.

She taught as a professor of violin at the Conservatoire in Teplice (Czech Republic) and between 2009 and 2013 taught music in pre-schools in South East London and in a reception class in Eltham Church of England Primary School.

In 2010 she started Little Songbirds in Shrewsbury House on Shooters Hill and in 2011 became a fully qualified Colourstrings Associate Teacher - Music Kindergarten



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