Early Childhood Music

Amanda Barton

Macquarie Conservatorium’s Early Childhood Music classes are designed to give children a positive first experience of music in a fun, relaxed and stimulating environment.


There are two stages to the Early Childhood Music Program:

  • MusicPlay for pre-schoolers, in classes for ages 2-3yrs and 4-5yrs. Parents or carers attend and participate in the classes with their child.
  • MusicMakers for school-age children 5-6 yrs

Class size is 5-10 in a group. All classes are 45 minutes.


2018 Classes

MusicPlay 2-3yrs
Teacher: Camilla Ward

  • Thursdays 9.30-10.15am
  • Thursdays 10.15-11.00am

MusicPlay 4-5yrs
Teacher: Barbara Redgrave

  • Tuesdays 10.00-10.45am
  • Wednesdays 10.00-10.45am

MusicMakers 5-6yrs
Teacher:  Barbara Redgrave

For this class, children aged 5 yrs must be attending school or homeschooled

  • Tuesdays 4.00-4.45pm



For enrolment and fee information, please visit:

At the appropriate age, children from these classes may wish to progress to other Macquarie Conservatorium programs:

About this program

Music is important for young children, not only for their musical development but also for their social, emotional, physical, cognitive and language development. The specific age range of each of our classes enables our teachers to give children age-appropriate activities that suit their development needs.


In their early childhood music class, children learn songs, make up songs, play percussion instruments, and take part in a range of rhyming, action and movement games. They are encouraged to listen and respond to music creatively.


Through the use of action songs, music and movement, children gain an understanding of the basics of music: beat, rhythm, pitch, tone-colour and dynamics. A variety of tuned and untuned percussion instruments provide further stimulus and help develop coordination skills and musical awareness.


The classes aim to be as enjoyable as possible and create a good basis for further development of music and other learning skills. An important feature of these classes is social interaction through music activities with children of similar age and ability. Parental participation in these classes is encouraged.