Children love the props and puppets that are used to support songs.

Come and have fun singing, playing instruments and learning action songs with your baby or toddler at our popular pre-school music classes.

Abingdon Music Centre has been running baby and pre-school Music Classes for over 30 years. Qualified teachers and musicians aim to foster a lifelong love of music in our fun and friendly groups.

 We run classes every weekday morning, plus Thursday afternoons, grouped according to age from 3 months up to 4 year old pre-schoolers. Younger siblings are welcome to attend classes with their older sibling for a reduced rate.

New classes are opened in response to demand at stages throughout the year.

Babies enjoy playing safe and easy to use instruments.

BABIES aged between 3 months and 1 year are taught:

  • in small classes of 10 or fewer
  • traditional and new songs you can continue at home
  • to use safe, easy to play instruments

 Babies and carers love the special one-to-one playing time they have at music, and the songs and repetition help with brain development. View our curriculum here.

We don’t mind at all if your baby needs a feed, nap or change during the class.

Toddlers enjoy playing a range of instruments.

TODDLERS aged between 1 and 2 years are taught:

  • in classes of no more than 16
  • to express themselves in movement and sound
  • a range of songs using puppets, props and instruments

 We begin to introduce formal musical concepts such as rhythm (fast/slow), pitch (high/low) and dynamics (loud/soft) in a fun and easy to follow way, providing a solid foundation for future musical development. View our curriculum here.

Pre-schoolers enjoy playing a range of instruments and sharing their own ideas.

PRE-SCHOOLERS aged between 3 and 5 are taught:

  • in classes of no more than 16
  • to build on and extend the experiences they have already had
  • to sing and fully participate in the session
  • to share their own ideas

 The pre-school classes are interactive and the children will love suggesting ideas for new verses or actions. We may use story songs and humour that appeal strongly to the children.  Our classes provide an inclusive environment where everybody’s ideas are valued. View our curriculum here.

Why does music matter to your baby/pre-schooler?

  • Music can be extremely valuable in enhancing personal, social and educational development in young children.
  • By giving young children a way of expressing themselves, music encourages their creativity and improves self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Music helps with better language and mathematical ability, better-adjusted social behaviour, and even improvements in spatial reasoning, which is the foundation of science and engineering science.
  • It’s fun and a special time to share and bond together.

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How can you help?

  • We hope that you will participate as fully as your child, as the more you put in to the class, the more your child will get out of it.
  • Our own CDs (Sing Hooray! and Let’s All Make Some Music) are available to buy and can help to reinforce and practise songs at home.
  • We hold events for our members, focused on enjoying making music as a family, as well as themed parties for our babies/pre-schoolers.

Why choose Abingdon Music Centre?

  • Abingdon Music Centre has been running baby and pre-school Music Classes for 40 years.
  • All our baby and pre-school music classes are run by qualified teachers and musicians who aim to foster a lifelong love of music in our fun and friendly groups.  All teachers have been checked by the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)
  • Each session is carefully planned in order to meet the specific needs of the children in each class. All songs and activities are carefully planned by the teachers to enable the childrens' musical development as well as exploring important social and language  skills. Classes are flexible and plans can be adapted when necessary. View our curriculum here.
  • We deliberately make use of repetition, often exploring similar songs for a 5-6 week block - very young children learn through repetition and this allows them to become familiar with the songs and join in during the class as well as eventually singing themselves at home. We find that parents/carers also appreciate the opportunity to learn a set of songs/rhymes that they can enjoy together at home outside the class.
  • Our teachers are also musicians and the children enjoy seeing their teachers playing live within the sessions. Our classes are deliberately fairly low-tech, instead focusing on live music. This allows the teachers flexibility to adapt within each session but also makes it possible for parents/carers to revisit favourite songs/activities from the sessions at home.
  • Signing up for a term of classes allows children and their parents/carers to develop a bond with their teacher and other families in their class as well as teachers being able to plan tailor-made sessions to help a known group of children to develop.
  • We believe that baby and pre-school music classes mark only the beginning of a child's musical journey and your association with Abingdon Music Centre does not end when your child starts school. We offer a range of school-aged and adult groups, classes, workshops and members’ events that enable families to enjoy life-long music-making.
  • Toys and refreshments are available before and/or after some of our classes (please check when booking if this is something you require/would like).
  • Most weekday classes take place at Abingdon Music Centre, Abbey Close, Abingdon - ideally placed in the centre of town. Tuesday morning classes take place at Christ Church, Northcourt Road, Abingdon. (Weekly pay-as-you-go/ drop-in option available at Christ Church only)

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Children love songs using props and puppets as well as playing instruments and singing action songs.