Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose Blackbird Early Years Music Classes?

The classes provide an ideal foundation for instrumental learning, as the children learn to read and understand rhythm, as well as learning many musical terms and different styles of music. I have trained in the Kodaly method, and have many years' experience teaching children and leading workshops in schools. I also have two small children of my own. In addition to this, all our teachers are trained performers, who play live music for the children every lesson - an invaluable experience. The children are taught in very small groups, of maximum 6, to allow for individual attention and more focus to the lessons. We work with primarily original material, including songs written especially for the classes by Dominic Sewell -

What is the ideal age for my child to begin the classes?

I suggest that children start no younger than 3.5, in order to be able to understand some of the concepts presented, and to gain the most from the classes. The children can start Stage 1 at ages 4, 5 or 6. There is flexibility among the stages, so please do talk to me first, if you have any questions about the best route or class for your child.

Do you teach the children to play an instrument?

No, not as such. The aim of the classes is to provide a musical foundation for children to go on and learn an instrument. If it seems appropriate then the teacher might teach the odd tune or melody on an instrument they have available which seems suitable. We do, however, teach the children to read rhythm.

Do you offer trial classes?

Yes, we offer trial lessons - please email for details of forthcoming trial lessons in your area. All classes can be booked at

How much are the classes?

The classes are £6.50/child, for a 30 minute class. There is a maximum of 6 children per class, to allow for individual attention. We ask that parents sign up for a term at a time. The curriculum is designed to run over a year for Stage 1, and a year for Stage 2. Children may join in the middle of a term or year, at the teacher's discretion.