Leading Note FAQs

There is a maximum of 10 enrolled students per class – in-person and online. We prefer to keep the classes small and calm so your child can learn best.

Our classes include children from a wider age range (either ‘Pioneers’ 0 – 4 years of age, or ‘Explorers’ 3 – 5 years of age), because we know how much they learn from each other. The older ones gain confidence through mastery of skills and take delight in demonstrating those skills for the little ones, they also develop their sensitivity by being around younger children. The younger ones are encouraged by seeing the older ones achieve, they are motivated and develop more quickly and securely in this ‘family style’ age grouping. Also, children learn at their own pace, and no two children will hit the same set of developmental stages at exactly the same point. By having the wider age grouping, this means that all students, with all kinds of needs, can be comfortably accommodated. The activities are carefully planned and  layered, so even when doing the same activity the older children will be learning something different from the younger children. It’s quite an amazing process!

Absolutely! The music we play is available as digital download codes. Creating a musical environment by playing the songs each day at home is the best way for your child to develop their musical vocabulary, and for them to learn the music so they can more comfortably join in the classes.

Term enrolments are for one, one-hour long class per week. This allows continuity of learning for your child, and provides a great routine. Our terms roughly follow the state school term dates but please check our booking site for details. Casual classes are pay and play as you go.

Students start in our ‘Pioneers’ class, which is perfect for 0 – 3 year olds. They can then graduate into our ‘Explorers’ class, which is developed for 2.5 – 5 year olds. As our students grow, so will our programs, and we look forward to offering programs for school-age children in the near future.

Often we as adults are enjoying a learning opportunity perhaps at work, or listening to an engaging topic on the radio. While we may be engaged and enjoying learning these new things, we probably aren’t ecstatically grinning the whole time. Perhaps we have a look of concentration on our faces. This is the same for your child in the classes. For example, it takes a lot of concentration for them to co-ordinate their arm to keep the beat, their fingers to hold the wood block and mallet, and they might be trying to say the words at the same time. It is quite amazing to see how hard they are working to achieve this seemingly small task of keeping the beat and saying a rhyme. Also, we need to take into account different personality types. Some children will show us with their body language or the expression on their faces how excited and engaged they are, while others would prefer to be quieter and soak it all up until they are ready to try an activity themselves. All of this is perfectly normal, so it is totally fine for your child to look serious in these classes – it shows how much they are learning!

Yes we do! We love running classes on Public Holidays as it’s a great opportunity for your child’s other special people to join in a class. It means so much to the child to be able to share their music class with their special people, so please feel free to include a grandparent, parent, aunt or uncle!

For Leading Note on Location classes, you should enrol each child in the class if they are both within the age range of the class. Some families find that one grown up to two children works fine, others can find it a bit full on and the experience is more enjoyable for everyone if each child has their own grown up. Please talk to your teacher, or contact us directly if you are unsure. We are always happy to talk things through and discuss different approaches.

For Leading Note at Home classes, we don’t need to worry about the number of people in the room, so you are most welcome to have the whole family involved. We love meeting both parents, grandparents and the furry siblings too!

If you are going to miss a class for any reason, please let us know in advance via email or phone. We aren’t able to provide a reduction in fees, but you are welcome to ‘make up’ the missed class by attending a class on a different day, if there is space (bookings are essential).  

If you would like to try a Leading Note classes to see if they are a good fit for you and your little one, we recommend trying one of our casual classes.

It depends. Online casual classes begin at $10 while enrolling for a term starts at $22 for a one hour class. The term fees also depend on the length of the term. Each term is paid for in advance for planning and staffing purposes. If you wish to start part way through the term, a pro-rata fee applies for the remaining weeks of that term. For the latest prices we recommend visiting our WeTeachMe booking site.

We strongly believe that every child can achieve and develop musical skills, and this has been proved to us so many times through our teaching experience. In the same way that your child learns their first language, they are absorbing all the musical sounds around them months before they are able to reproduce those sounds. When thinking about a child learning their first language there isn’t a sense that ‘maybe English isn’t for my child, perhaps we’ll focus on Japanese instead’, we just accept that every child will get there in their own time. Parents and caregivers greet each attempt at speech with joy and encouragement, and there is lots and lots of repetition! You naturally provide a rich language environment for your child to hear thousands of words before they can say any, rather than introducing only one word at a time. 

We follow this concept and provide a rich musical environment for your child by playing lots of different, beautiful, musical instruments and singing lots of songs in each class. We also ask that you play your Leading Note albums each day, as well as other music, so that you and your child can learn the core repertoire and join in the classes comfortably without feeling shy about the words. They will learn so much from this broad musical vocabulary, and you are the only person who can provide this rich home environment in which they can develop and learn.

Leading Note classes are carefully planned to have a good mix of playing instruments, singing songs, creative dance and listening to stories. We work hard to provide a calm, joyful environment for your child as this is how they learn best. We love what we do, and look forward to sharing it with you and your child! Visit our approach page to find out more.

Leading Note at Home

  1. Select a room that is relatively free from noise and toys/distractions.
  2. Decide what will work best for your family:
    • Set up the screen so you can both see the teacher, and follow along at home.
    • If your child is too young for screen time or you would like to limit it, set it up so only you can see the screen. You will be the teacher and demonstrate the actions.
    • If you don’t want us or others to see you via video, feel free to join in with audio-only. You don’t have to have the video option on if it makes you feel uncomfortable.
  3. Open up the zoom app and type in the meeting number and password that was sent to you in the WeTeachMe weekly email. Alternatively, click through via the Zoom link in your weekly email.
  4. Make sure the app is opened in speaker view. This means you’ll be able to hear us but your microphone should be muted. We will still be able to see you should you choose the video function. Please Note: that to ensure the privacy of each child the ‘record’ function will be disabled.
  5. From time to time in the class we will unmute specific students so they can sing and share with the group.
  6. There is a written chat function in zoom, feel free to use this to communicate during your class.
  7. Bring the same positive attitude you bring to physical classes. This is a little bit different and we are all going to learn how to make these classes function better as time goes on.

We love creativity, so search your house for some items that may be a substitute for the instruments we would use in class. You might like to try:

  • Claves: i.e. chopsticks, wooden spoons, etc.
  • A drum-type thing: plastic container, box, bucket, saucepan
  • Shaker: these can be made by using a plastic container with some rice, lentils or dried beans.
  • Woodblock: anything to keep the beat, can reuse the same drum instrument, or have another for variety.

We are working to put together a small pack of instruments to have at home, in order to get the most out of your online classes.

Zoom classes work with a number of devices. If you can, use a laptop, smart TV or computer that gives you a wider screen. Otherwise use a phone or tablet device. Please ensure you have a charger handy, just in case. You will need to have Zoom already installed on the device prior to your fist class. 

  1. Go to zoom.us and download the appropriate free software for your selected device.
  2. Each week you will have a new Meeting Code, which will be emailed to you by WeTeachMe. Locate the email for this week, and click through via the link. Alternatively, you can enter the meeting code and password information directly into your Zoom app.

Our virtual classes use Microsoft Zoom (this is like Skype on a serious amount of sugar). The big advantage Zoom has over Skype is that if you choose to use the video link, all parents can see each other during the class. 

You are welcome to change classes if needed, just email us at least a day beforehand so we can ensure you have all the links and codes. 

  1. Enrol into the term as usual. Class details can be found on our website here or you can visit and pay for classes via WeTeachMe directly.
  2. Once enrolled, WeTeachMe automatically sends a Zoom link a few days before the class (best used on laptops and PCs) plus a meeting code and password (best way to access for smart TVs).
  3. On the scheduled day, click the link or enter your codes and password on Zoom to join the virtual classroom.
Illustration of kids learning music from online class

Leading Note at Home

  1. Select a room that is relatively free from noise and toys/distractions.
  2. Decide what will work best for your family:
    • Set up the screen so you can both see the teacher, and follow along at home.
    • If your child is too young for screen time or you would like to limit it, set it up so only you can see the screen. You will be the teacher and demonstrate the actions.
    • If you don’t want us or others to see you via video, feel free to join in with audio-only. You don’t have to have the video option on if it makes you feel uncomfortable.
  3. Open up the zoom app and type in the meeting number and password that was sent to you in the WeTeachMe weekly email. Alternatively, click through via the Zoom link in your weekly email.
  4. Make sure the app is opened in speaker view. This means you’ll be able to hear us but your microphone should be muted. We will still be able to see you should you choose the video function. Please Note: that to ensure the privacy of each child the ‘record’ function will be disabled.
  5. From time to time in the class we will unmute specific students so they can sing and share with the group.
  6. There is a written chat function in zoom, feel free to use this to communicate during your class.
  7. Bring the same positive attitude you bring to physical classes. This is a little bit different and we are all going to learn how to make these classes function better as time goes on.

We love creativity, so search your house for some items that may be a substitute for the instruments we would use in class. You might like to try:

  • Claves: i.e. chopsticks, wooden spoons, etc.
  • A drum-type thing: plastic container, box, bucket, saucepan
  • Shaker: these can be made by using a plastic container with some rice, lentils or dried beans.
  • Woodblock: anything to keep the beat, can reuse the same drum instrument, or have another for variety.

We are working to put together a small pack of instruments to have at home, in order to get the most out of your online classes.

Zoom classes work with a number of devices. If you can, use a laptop, smart TV or computer that gives you a wider screen. Otherwise use a phone or tablet device. Please ensure you have a charger handy, just in case. You will need to have Zoom already installed on the device prior to your fist class. 

  1. Go to zoom.us and download the appropriate free software for your selected device.
  2. Each week you will have a new Meeting Code, which will be emailed to you by WeTeachMe. Locate the email for this week, and click through via the link. Alternatively, you can enter the meeting code and password information directly into your Zoom app.

Our virtual classes use Microsoft Zoom (this is like Skype on a serious amount of sugar). The big advantage Zoom has over Skype is that if you choose to use the video link, all parents can see each other during the class. 

You are welcome to change classes if needed, just email us at least a day beforehand so we can ensure you have all the links and codes. 

  1. Enrol into the term as usual. Class details can be found on our website here or you can visit and pay for classes via WeTeachMe directly.
  2. Once enrolled, WeTeachMe automatically sends a Zoom link a few days before the class (best used on laptops and PCs) plus a meeting code and password (best way to access for smart TVs).
  3. On the scheduled day, click the link or enter your codes and password on Zoom to join the virtual classroom.
Illustration of kids learning music from online class

Leading Note on Location

When attending an in-person class, some children take a little while to ‘warm up’, and that is perfectly normal. Even if your child is listening and watching they can still be engaged, learning and participating in the class, so don’t worry that they don’t want to come to the teacher for a turn just yet. When your child is ready, they will express the desire to have a turn. They learn just as much by watching and listening as they do by having a turn themselves! If your child isn’t ready for a turn yet the teacher may offer them a ‘watching turn’ or invite the parent to have a turn. This can help the child to feel ready.

Illustration of kids interacting in group classes

Leading Note on Location

When attending an in-person class, some children take a little while to ‘warm up’, and that is perfectly normal. Even if your child is listening and watching they can still be engaged, learning and participating in the class, so don’t worry that they don’t want to come to the teacher for a turn just yet. When your child is ready, they will express the desire to have a turn. They learn just as much by watching and listening as they do by having a turn themselves! If your child isn’t ready for a turn yet the teacher may offer them a ‘watching turn’ or invite the parent to have a turn. This can help the child to feel ready.

This is also completely normal in both in-person classes and online lessons! Each class follows a basic pattern of sitting activities, then moving, then sitting, then dancing, then sitting, etc. and you and your child will learn this pattern over the course of a term or so. Don’t worry, you are probably more aware of your child’s behaviour than anyone else in the class, so follow the gentle directions from your teacher. They will help you and your child to know when it’s ok to let them have a bit of a run, and when they should sit with you. Joining a new music class can be very exciting for a little child, so it’s normal for them to be excited or over-stimulated by all the new sounds and people!

Illustration of kids interacting in group classes

Class Timetable

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Explore our program of group music classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

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