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About this Program

The Mini Maestros education program has been developed over many years of trial and research. The music literacy component is based on Kodály methodology and repertoire. The influences of the theories of Orff, Dalcroze and Suzuki are also evident. Much of the music is by local Australian composers featuring multicultural influences.

Our education program is sequential. Our babies’ classes are primarily aimed at building an appreciation for music through unconscious learning activities, and help to give the primary care giver confidence to share music with the child. Our toddler classes start to build the child’s knowledge of music, and in our classes for preschoolers the unconscious learning becomes apparent as the children discover the beat and the rhythm in the music, identify high and low sounds on the music staff, become familiar with musical terms, and learn how to read basic music elements.

Singing, dancing and playing percussion instruments

Our teachers bring a variety of percussion instruments into the sessions for the children to experiment with. We provide attractive and entertaining props, which stimulate the children’s imagination and keep them engaged in the music-making educational activities.

Class Sizes

We aim to have no more than 10 children in each class so that every child receives individual attention.

Studio Classes

Parents and carers of our Mini Maestros students are welcomed into the class and participate along with their children. This time together not only allows the parent or carer to spend valuable play time with their child it can also provide the time for the parent or carers to observe their children’s development. Educational sessions are also provided at childcare centres.

Music Books and Student Equipment

Each child attending studio classes receives a Music Book. This book includes the repertoire for the term. In addition to the music book, on first enrolling a child will receive student equipment relevant to their age group to be used in class. For most age groups this includes the child’s own copy of a Mini Maestros CD containing some of the music used in class. The music books give ideas for enjoyable follow-up activities at home, while reinforcing concepts learned in class.



Mini Maestros Story

Mini Maestros was founded by Jenny Fogarty (12/3/1950-12/4/2007), a dearly loved and well respected early childhood music education specialist. Jenny passionately believed that music and learning through play were critical tools for childhood growth and development. She worked tirelessly to ensure that as many young Australian children as possible were able to experience the benefits of pre-school music education.

Jenny was born in Adelaide. Jenny’s parents instilled in her a deep sense of community and of community service. Music featured strongly in everything that she was involved with, her beautiful voice being her first instrument.
As a child Jenny taught herself to play the guitar and in her late teens performed classic folk tunes.

Jenny trained as a primary school teacher. After teaching at a number of Melbourne primary schools Jenny decided to combine her love of music with teaching and obtained a postgraduate Bachelor of Arts (Music).

It was her desire to find a flexible, family-friendly career that led her in 1984 to teach music at the Vermont South Community House in Melbourne and later at her family home. Jenny wrote her own program using music predominantly from Australian artists and traditional folk songs to introduce the elements of music to very young children in an ordered and practical manner. Within a short time classes had become so popular that she decided to franchise Mini Maestros, giving many others the opportunity to combine a love of music and teaching with the flexibility and rewards of running their own business.

For the next 23 years Jenny continued to develop and expand the Mini Maestros program. In 1994 Jenny commenced training others to present Mini Maestros classes. Three of the first people to use the program had been mothers in Jenny’s private classes. One of these women, Judy O’Neill, continues to teach the program today and is an important mentor and ambassador for the Mini Maestros system.

Jenny’s untimely death aged 57 was deeply felt in the early childhood music community as well as through the vast community of past and present teachers, students and students’ carers, all who had been immeasurably touched by her music education. Jenny was the epitome of a woman juggling career, family and community service and excelling at each. It was impossible to resist her sense of humour accompanied by a deep, infectious chuckle. Her ability to inspire and motivate her students and staff through wit and boundless energy was legendary.

Jenny’s legacy and dreams live on through every Mini Maestros class and are carried by the thousands of children who participate in the program each year.

Jenny’s important work in continuing to develop the program has been carried on by Jennifer Smith, our Music Director and Emma Hart, our Head of Teaching, with assistance from our experienced and passionate teachers. It means that today we have a program of exceptional quality, a program which is outstanding in its field and a program that is taught internationally as well as in Australia.

Our Vision

The Mini Maestros vision is that every child reaches the primary school gates confident, excited to learn, equipped with basic classroom skills and experience, and pushes the gates open with a skip in their step from the songs in their heart.

Our Mission

The primary aim of Mini Maestros is to create self-reliant, confident and well-rounded learners who are familiar with the classroom experience and prepared for school. We use music and movement to achieve this objective, starting with children from six months of age. We facilitate nurturing spaces to develop the whole child, celebrating their social, cognitive, physical and emotional breakthroughs. We provide the highest quality lesson content, developed by early childhood music education experts and delivered by a team of thoroughly trained big-hearted professional music teachers. As the longest running and most successful Australian business of its kind, our methods are tried and tested. We are proud to empower generations of confident and engaged learners, who are best placed to succeed in their chosen endeavours.



Music 1
Duration: 30 minutes
10 students maximum

Our 6-24 month classes are designed to develop the confidence of the primary care giver to share a love of music with the young child in their care. Songs and activities are introduced that can be integrated into the child's daily routine so that quality musical experiences are a part of their everyday life. Lap plays and movement activities allow babies to experience a sense of steady beat, and props and puppets are used to encourage focus. Percussion instruments are played in stop and start activities to extend babies' listening skills and peekaboo activities gently develop their confidence.
A Mini Maestros 'Rock and Rhyme' CD, comprising a selection of songs and rhymes from Mini Maestros classes, a Peek-a-boo Scarf and a Mini Maestros Bag are included when you first enrol in our 6-24 months classes. Each term you will also receive a Mini Maestros music book containing a range of activities learnt in class that can be enjoyed with your child at home.
The best music educator for the young child is the primary care giver. These classes will help you fulfil this important role.



Music 2
Duration: 40 minutes
10 students maximum

These classes combines the 2-3 year old and 3-4 year old programs and are structured to meet the needs of both groups.
2-4 year old classes focus developing children's social skills so that they can contribute and gain confidence in a group situation. Songs are introduced to develop children's language, listening and counting skills. The children participate in dances, play percussion instruments and are involved in dramatic play activities. All activities are designed to lead children to an understanding of the elements of music such as beat, pitch, dynamics, tempo and style. Puppets and a wide variety of other props are used to stimulate children's imaginations. The adults attend classes with their children.
When children first enrol in Mini Maestros classes they will receive a Bumblebee hand puppet, a Mini Maestros 'Walk and Talk' CD and a Mini Maestros Bag. The Bumblebee puppet is used as a learning aid in every class throughout the year to assist children with their singing. Each term's enrolment also includes a music book to allow children and carers to follow up class activities at home.



Music 3
Duration: 45 minutes
10 students maximum

As the Mini Maestros program is sequentially developed, our 3-5 year old classes are designed for, but not limited to, children who have previously participated in our music education program. Children are taught to read simple notation through stimulating games and visual reinforcement, and basic sight singing techniques are introduced. Each child has a set of chime bars (like a small xylophone with removable notes) so that they can transfer their music literacy skills onto their first tuned instrument. The chime bars are played in ensemble activities where children learn about harmony and part-work. Pre-reading and writing skills introduced in the 3-4 year old program are built upon and extended. Children also participate in dances, singing activities and musical games. They are given regular opportunities to perform for their classmates and the parents.

Children may attend these classes on their own and parents are invited in for the last 10 minutes so that they may observe what has been taught.

When children first enrol in the 3-5 year old program they will receive a set of chime bars, a Mini Maestros Bag and a different music book each term. Children use the music books in class and also for simple and fun 'homework' activities.

Pricing and Enrolment Information

Enrolments with Mini Maestros are for a term (normally 10 weeks) or the remaining part of the term at the time of enrolment.

Pricing depends on age group and generally starts from a total price of $191 per student for the first 10 week term including a Starter Pack and $165 for subsequent terms. (Less for a shorter term. Prices may vary in a limited number of regional locations.) The total price includes:

•all equipment (our required learning aids are few but highly relevant to class participation and enjoyment) (some items are used over 2 or more years and do not need to be repurchased each year)

•an age specific, structured and sequential educational program developed by early childhood education experts

•class delivery by carefully selected and accredited teachers who undergo training over at least 15 months and are subject to ongoing assessment

•class size limited to 10 students to ensure every child receives individual attention

•class duration of 30 to 45 minutes depending on age group.

Our Main Teachers

The Mini Maestros education program has been developed over many years of trial and research. The music literacy component is based on Kodály methodology and repertoire. The influences of the theories of Orff

The Mini Maestros education program has been developed over many years of trial and research. The music literacy component is based on Kodály methodology and repertoire. The influences of the theories of Orff

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