We have a fixed number of teachers, who provide our weekly classes. Occasionally a guest teacher will fill the spot to ensure the music classes are as diverse as possible.
We will sing well-known and unknown songs, try different musical instruments and there is always room for dance and movement. It has been shown that moving and making music together is not only fun but also beneficial for a child’s overall development. We hope to inspire parents to make music and sing with their children at home.
The lessons are in Dutch but the language of music is international, so everyone is welcome.
Coleta has a background in music therapy and has worked a lot with young people and mentally handicapped children. She currently plays in various bands and makes music for and with babies and toddlers. Through her work Coleta has experienced that music is very suitable for communicating with children. Music makes people dance and laugh and it is nice to see how immensely fascinated children are by the instruments, which are often totally new to them. Along with her guitar, Coleta uses different instruments, which stimulate the imagination. With these instruments, she sings and accompanies well-known and sometimes lesser-known children’s songs from all over the world. These songs are mostly in Dutch, but she’ll happily sing an English song or two. In this class, the children are encouraged to participate, sing, clap and dance as well as touch the instruments and try them out for themselves.
The Liedjes tovenaar travels throughout the city and country to schools and nurseries to enchant children with the playful ‘Magic of Music’ interactive workshops. She plays well-known and self-written nursery rhymes on guitar or ukulele and also takes along melodica, cajon (magic music box) and rhythm instruments for the children. The Liedjes tovenaar wants to introduce children to the diversity of music in a playful manner. They learn how to express themselves using both their body and voice, so they can enjoy the pleasure of singing, dancing and playing an instrument. During this workshop, children are challenged to use their voice to the fullest and to move together to the music.
Argentinian Ada Rave is a saxophonist, composer and music teacher. She has a background as a jazz and experimental musician and has taught music and saxophone to all ages for more than 20 years. Currently, she performs for babies and toddlers in schools and theatres and continues her research on improvised and experimental music playing around Europe. Using the voice, wind and percussion instruments Ada will guide the children to discover and explore music elements such as sound, musical texture, rhythm, movement and more. They will have the wonderful experience of making music together in a group with other children and parents or caregivers.
As well as being a jazz singer, Esther Van Hees is also a singing and music teacher at several elementary schools in Amsterdam (Aslan Muziekcentrum). In this lesson for babies and toddlers, the children will discover different instruments and move a lot, while learning songs from all corners of the world. Of course, the popular classical nursery rhymes will be sung too and parents are always welcome to join!
“This singer has a velvet voice, that does not stand out when using big gestures, but thrives in an intimate setting. No artificial accents, no ad-libs, but a beautiful, pure tone. Lots of praise for this beautiful singer” – Het Parool