わらべうた WARABEUTA (Japanese Nursery Rhymes ) and early childhood music classes

2016  Term 2 Wednesday class will start.

幼児音楽教室(わらべうた教室)2016年ターム2より水曜日クラス スタート。

場所はブリスベン、ウエストエンド Browning Street Studiosにて。

全て日本語となります。 一回$16 タームごとのお支払いとなります。

人数に限りがありますので早めに連絡をください。

 

Forgotten songs or unsung.

Japanese nursery rhymes were sang and passed to generations and generations without music books. Grandparents or elderly people in the community sang those to crying babies while parents were busy working in the rice field, kids play as they sang.  There were no TVs or video games.   Kids ran around and played.

In the choir I was lucky to visit elderly in the country side of Nara and we collected those songs,recorded and  wrote down on the manuscript and sang so those songs will not disappear.

As a mother, and someone who sang those special songs in the choir I was a member of, I wanted to sing those songs again while raising my own child.   I studied again by going to classes, visited libraries and copied what I can find, read about it.  And it was not just because I wanted to use those songs for my own child, I felt the strong will of passing those songs to other children as well.     Then I realised parents around my ages did not even have those songs when we were growing up much at all.  And our parents generation either however that depends on where people lived, it seems.

I have taught at home, in various schools in Brisbane, helped establishing a Japanese preschool in Brisbane by providing a teacher training, taught at Sakura Gakuen, Japanese Culture School in Gold Coast, and so on.

My classes are fun. I use Solfage, rhythm cards, different instruments like tambourine, bells, rhythm sticks,  Children  learn to walk in beats, learn to sing in tune, get to play a bit of the piano and play games with music.

The classes are designed for age 1 up to pre school age and the classes are  for children AND carers.  It can be mother, father, grand parents, friends, aunty, uncle as long as they are comfortable learning Japanese nursery rhymes in Japanese.  All lessons are in Japanese to have maximum impact on children’s brain!  And it is important for me to provide a place where carers can chat in Japanese because I know how hard it can be when you do not speak the language that is mostly spoken in the area you are living in.   It is also a good place to make friends.  I know how hard it can be when you just move to a new city or new country and trying to raise your child but not having friends.

  • Lessons are in West End, Brisbane.  Australia.  

The classes are run by me, Momo Hamada, Suzuki Piano teacher.       Please read my bio here

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