Ahead of the launch of the Baby and Toddler Activities section on My Tunbridge Wells, I will be writing about my experiences at different classes around this
lovely town over the coming weeks and months…….
The first class to be featured is the lovely Little Notes sessions for babies, toddlers and pre-school children. Bursting with live music and led by a professional musician, Clare Preece, Little Notes classes have an authentic feel to them, offering a magical blend of instruments, songs and exploration.
After studying horn and piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Clare joined the National Children’s Orchestra, and later, became principal horn with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. She has appeared on many occasions with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms in the Albert Hall and her love of music is clear to see during her sessions.
We first went along to one of Clare’s classes before Christmas and popped in to the new 9.30am Little Notes session at Bells Yew Green on Friday. This class is for 9 month to 2 year olds, so it was perfect for Ben (who is 14 months).
We started the class in a circle, where we warmed up to the tune of Clare’s french horn and spent 40 magical minutes dancing, singing and playing. We also had the pleasure of seeing Clare play the ukulele and keyboard, which is a great way to introduce children to the art of making music.
The sessions follow a different theme every 3-4 weeks, and Clare used different props throughout the class to help the children to stay engaged.
The session culminated in some energetic African dancing before we relaxed for the final session, listening and singing to lullabies which were played by Clare on her keyboard.
Afterwards, we were offered a hot drink, some biscuits and I had a nice little chat with the other Mums, which was a great way to end a super session. Clare’s warmth and passion for music is clear and her classes are making their mark on the Tunbridge Wells baby and toddler scene.
Details of the Little Notes Classes are below and bookings for a FREE Little Notes taster session at Bells Yew Green can be made by calling 01892 300103 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bells Yew Green – Fridays
9.30 – 10.10am: 9 months – 2yrs old
10.30 – 11.10am: 2 – 4yrs old
Address: Bells Yew Green Village Hall, Frant, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 9AD
Tonbridge Sports Centre (Recre8) – Thursdays
9:30 – 10.10am: 2-4 years
10:30am – 11.10am: 9 months- 2 years
11:30am – 12.00pm: 0-9 months
More information about booking onto the Thursday classes can be found here.