15-month-old Willow Kost at the music play-group yesterday.
15-month-old Willow Kost at the music play-group yesterday.

Music workshops for young minds

BASHING on drums and dancing to music is the idea of fun for any toddler, but the effect it has on them is far more important.

The sound of music plays a huge role in the development of young minds and even a sing-along to the latest Wiggles album can help hasten significant milestones.

Musicians Grant Tilbrook and Michael Funder see the need for music in children's lives and have begun weekly workshops to help expose them to it.

The former teachers said the workshops have a number of positive outcomes.

“The long-term effects are tremendous,” Mr Tilbrook said.

“It helps with their co-ordination, their brain development and it's a way to express themselves. It's also a social thing too and allows them to play with one another.”

Yesterday, children aged from 15 months onwards, had a ball singing, dancing and having a go at a number of different instruments.

Mr Tilbrook and Mr Funder hold twice weekly workshops for toddlers at Slade Campus and would like to hold more sessions.

“We can have up to 10 toddlers in each class and if there is more response, we'll start some more,” Mr Tilbrook said.


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