Kate and the twins enjoyed a music workshop session with Kiddyrock recently and experienced much more than just a simple musical experience. The sessions have a mix of singing, moving, dramatical and musical activities which are a great way for children to learn and develop a range of skills for their whole development. Read Kate's review below. Follow Kate's adventures on Instagram.
Kiddyrock is a Melbourne-based collective that aims to spark children’s appreciation for music and art through interactive events. Their workshops - for babies through to kindergarten age children - are fun and fast paced, stimulating young minds and helping to develop new skills. Incorporating stories, songs and art activities that are relevant to a particular theme each term, the workshops aim to promote listening aptitude and fun collaboration.
Lead by performer/artist Ally McNamara (who is clearly adored by all of her young attendees) and West African drummer Emmanuel Aryeetey, the workshop we attended in Term 1 was focused on the theme, Afro Beats. Ally began the class by reading a super cute animal story, ‘Monkey Found a Baby’ written by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Jane Chapan before moving straight into the first of many songs of the morning – all sung live with an acoustic guitar and accompanying drums. We were invited and encouraged to play along on the musical equipment provided, which included drums, ukuleles and percussion instruments.
Throughout the workshop we also got to play with a variety of dancing props and were entertained by a hungry, egg shaker-eating T-Rex puppet (who was an absolute hit with the little ones).
A simple but fun craft activity which saw us making our very own ankle shaker from pipe cleaners, small pieces of plastic straws and bells was a fantastic inclusion to the workshop and definitely added another layer of enjoyment for the little ones who proudly wore their handmade shakers for the remainder of the class.
In Term 2 Kiddyrock will be going Around The World, exploring the music, dancing and costumes of other cultures and singing in different languages. Plus they will also be launching their brand new program Baby Beats, designed for babies under 18 months. These workshops are all about tracking, reaching, grasping, pulling yourself up on things, exploring instruments, sounds and voices and some special 'mummy and me' time (dads welcome too).
Sit in on a Kiddyrock workshop and you’ll quickly see that they are so much more than a ‘musical experience’. Singing, movement, playing instruments and dramatic play activities mean that children learn and develop a range of skills for their whole development. They say that a love of music lasts a lifetime and that is what Kiddyrock wants to share with you.