How the Rhapsodaisy Program came about...
After studying music education at QUT and working as a professional musician throughout Queensland, I developed the Rhapsodiaisy program in response to the learning needs of my own three children. Every child leans on their strengths to successfully learn. They might be really great visual learners or aural learners or kinesthetic learners.
I wanted to create a program that was inclusive and multi-sensory in its approach to allowing each child to use their unique strengths to learn, whilst being supported by all their senses.
I am always thrilled bumping into past students and hearing how music remains a passion and an important part of their everyday lives.
Having spent many years playing, producing and teaching music, I was compelled to create an accompanying album of original and traditional tunes. Each song on the CD supports the Rhapsodaisy learning activities that children enjoy in the class. Music has to be fun!
Thousands of academic papers have been written about how music benefits all areas of learning, especially in a child's early years; but above all this, I believe that giving children music tuition is a gift that lasts a lifetime. For me, there is no greater joy.
Our Rainbow Parachute CD is available to purchase by emailing us via our Contact page.
The Benefits of Music for Children
Through experiencing stimulating musical tuition, your child also develops many other life skills. The outcomes are not just musical; they are developing in a responsive learning atmosphere which prepares them for future learning
The Program uses strategies first developed by early childhood music pioneers Zoltan Kodaly and Carl Orff.
Songs and activities have been enhanced to incorporate specifically designed movements which provide input into the muscles and joints to support attention focus and regulation, by requiring the brain to engage many areas of the brain simultaneously.
Observable outcomes will be your child’s recognition of high and low sounds (pitch), long and short sounds (rhythm), changes in tone (timbre or tone colour) and phrasing (form). They will also develop aural skills (listening attentively) and experience physical coordination by keeping a steady beat and moving with music, while also using their singing voice and experimenting with percussion (body and instrumental).
It allows every child to celebrate their own abilities at all stages of learning and instils in them an appreciation of the joy of music!
We look forward to sharing the joy of making music with your children!