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Melbourne’s go to destination for Children’s Music Education!

Music is central to all of our lives. Experience the beautiful discovery of music with your child by learning music together in our classes and watch them develop while you have fun together!

IN-PERSON MUSIC CLASSES – Babies to Primary

JAM SCHOOL – Primary – Secondary – Adult

ELC MUSIC PROGRAMS – Customised for your Centre

    COUNCIL & HOLIDAY PROGRAM

PRIMARY SCHOOL INCURSIONS

NDIS Music – self-managed funds
                 

Our programs are designed using the Orff-Schulwerk approach and Kodaly methodology and are developed by our highly experienced music director who has spent over a decade as head of music in leading independent schools in Melbourne & Sydney.   

Tanya Bethune with profile photo
Tanya Bethune with profile photo

Do You Have a Musical Mind?

Of Course You Do, and So Do Your Kids!

“I wish I continued learning an instrument…I want my kids to experience music and learn an instrument”. Our founder, Tanya Bethune, has heard this time and time again from parents wanting to bring music into their child’s life. Parent-teacher nights and playground conversations were filled with these emotional wants and desires for their kids and themselves.

Musical Minds grew out of our founder’s passion for showing all ages how they can create and experience music—seeing the absolute joy in kids’ faces when they succeed. Those smiling faces are the driving force behind Musical Minds. Music is just as much for kids as it is for adults. When a child and parent share music, they’re building life-long memories.

Musical Minds has created a welcoming place where kids and adults can explore their musical minds. With experience in all areas of the teaching profession and drawing on the Orff-Schulwerk approach and Kodaly methodology, Tanya and her team expertly guide you through your musical journey. 

Get to know Tanya and meet the Musical Minds team

Tanya Bethune – Director

Tanya Bethune is the founder of Musical Minds, a Music school for babies, children and adults. A little about Tanya: at the age of 6 Tanya was encouraged by her grandfather to learn music in her local Brass Band. She continued her love of music as a trumpeter in orchestras and blues bands, playing with inspiring musicians across Australia. Tanya continued her education at The University of Melbourne, completing a Bachelor or Music (Honours) and Bachelor of Teaching. In her teaching experience she progressed to a Head of Primary Music in leading schools across VIC and NSW. She is an experienced Orff Practitioner, infuses the Kodaly methodology into the music programs and has experience in teaching in a Reggio Emilia school, plus she is currently learning Auslan. Tanya has experienced first hand the benefits of learning music from a young age and has researched, developed and written the programs that you learn today. 

“Miss Bethune, I can do it, listen to me, I can make a song using the music hand signs, I can sing ‘so’ and ‘mi’.”

Tanya loves to help children create music of their own and give parents and grandparents the skills to encourage their children to explore music at home. Tanya values self-confidence and the building blocks of an individuals growth. She has studied, researched, practiced, taught and lived music education in many different forms in variety of settings. Though this experience Tanya is confident that she can give you the best music foundation for your child’s development.

Andrew Donald

Andrew Donald is an experienced piano and singing teacher with a strong jazz and contemporary music background and extensive ensemble experience as a professional gigging musician for over twenty years. Andrew has a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium and is currently completing his Masters of Teaching (Primary Education) at Victoria University. He has extensive experience working with children (and adults) through individual and group music lessons and is passionate about sharing the many benefits of learning music through the Musical Minds community.

 

See What Some of Our Families Have to Say

We have done a few music classes but Tanya’s are brilliant. She weaves music knowledge and understanding seamlessly through the fun activities and engaging songs, and there is cultural diversity in the material too. Kids use different age appropriate instruments and learn community practices like cooperation, packing away etc. She also has highs and lows to the energy so the kids don’t leave over-revved/over-stimulated. It’s wonderful.”
Emily H

I just wanted to say a big thank you to Tanya for your commitment to continuing classes this term. I’m pretty sick of zoom with my work but considering how interactive and performative music is- I take my hat off to you. Please know that through your small business you’re giving a lot of kids like my son a fabulous opportunity to sing, dance and just have fun which they all need. And during lockdown, the whole community needs a pick-me-up. I find because of your positivity and energy, I really feel better after your classes too! So thank you from me and my little guy. Musical Minds is not just about music experiences for kids, it’s a community and I’m so glad my little family stumbled across it!
Maddy H

Thank you Tanya you were amazing! Our 3 Year Old kindergarten children had so much fun and so did the educators! The Musical Minds incursion was really hands on and relevant to the children and we all had lots of turns at playing all the musical instruments. Thanks once again Tanya we will definitely see you next year!
3 Year Old Kindergarten – Maria C

Group Music Classes

Experts In Music Education

Every child deserves the opportunity to expand their minds with music! Musical Minds offers group classes and instrumental lessons for every step of your child’s journey!

Whether you have a newborn child and are looking to explore their sense of sound, a toddler who’s full of energy and wants to express themselves, a kinder child who is keen to experiment with music or a primary school student who wants to be the next Beethoven, we can fulfill all their needs in a supportive and creative environment.

Here are our 6 core programs where parents and kids can get in on the fun together!

maracas

Babies

3 Months – 12 Months

Our Babies classes are set in a comforting and gentle environment where you and your child are encouraged to explore sound together. You will be guided through songs and activities that can be easily incorporated into your daily routines.

drum

Toddlers

10 Months – 24 Months

Your kids are on the move and our Crawlers and Walkers classes here to guide you through activities and songs that you can sing and play daily. This includes imaginative musical play through storytelling and puppets, dances, and instrument play to develop coordination and confidence.

piano

Pre-Kinder

2 Years – 3.5 Years

Learning music in a supportive environment is how your child continues to build their confidence. Through musical play, your child shares ideas with other children and learns how to take turns. They get excited about showing you new sounds they can sing and play and take pride in retelling a musical story.

guitar

Kinder

3.5 Years – 5 Years

Your children are curious about the world around them. They want to know the how’s and why’s of their world. Our Kinder aged classes support your child’s curiosity through programs aligned with the Early Learning Years Framework. Your child learns how to interpret the Elements of Music: keeping a steady beat, identifying a rhythm, playing a melody and singing and hand signing pitch.

violin

Lower Primary

Prep to Year 3/4

Have you thought about learning an individual instrument? Or would you like to develop the skills for making the transition to learning an individual instrument smoother? We show your child how to identify the Elements of Music and teach them how to play these elements: beat, rhythm, pitch, tone colour, dynamics and expression.

saxophone

Jam School - Join a band!

Primary Year 1 – Year 6
Secondary – open age
In Jam School your child will need to have been learning their instrument for at least one year. Your child will learn how to play their instrument in a band. Learning key ensemble skills and having loads of fun along they way. Yearly concerts and open rehearsal sessions. Parents are welcome to attend.

trumpet

Instrumental Lessons - Group & Individual

 Primary and Secondary age

Build upon your child’s group music skills by supporting their learning though group or individual instrumental learning. Our group instrumental lessons are a great way for a young student to begin: lower cost, build social skills and learn from a highly experienced teacher. 

xylophone

Early Learning Centre

Australian Program- EYLFD

Our Early Learning programs are designed and developed at Musical Minds. The programs are customised to your centre and meet the Early Learning Framework Standards. Our program encourages school readiness, learn the xylophone to lead to individual instrument learning and learn the foundations of music that support all other areas of learning. This program is usually only available in independent schools! We are here now to bring it to you! 

Are You Looking to Share Your Passion for Music With Your Child?

Get Started Today By Reaching Out and Talking to Tanya!

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