Our Classes


 

Holiday Semester 2017
Winter 2018
Class Descriptions
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Music Together® Mixed Age Class

Our essential Music Together® family class, ages 0 - 5 years, follows the recommendations of child development researchers grouping children of a variety of ages because this fosters natural, family-style learning. In a class size of 12 children, younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones, older children learn by leading younger ones while they practice and hone their new skills and adults are happy because the children in the family can go to class together.

The 45-minute class includes music experiences ranging from playful free-movement to instrumental jam sessions to songs and chants in unusual tonalities and meters as found in other cultures. Utilizing informal instruction, each child is allowed to participate at his or her own level, singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching, or exploring through natural play and music engagement.

Music Together Within Therapy

Music Together Within Therapy (MTWT) allows credentialed music therapists at Bang A Beat Music Therapy Centre to incorporate the musically rich and beautifully crafted song selections from Music Together® into small group neurologic music therapy sessions.

At Bang A Beat Music Therapy Centre, we believe that all of our clients are musical beings. Music is our birthright and one of the most natural ways to express oneself. By combining the philosophies of Music Together with our extensive education and training as Neurologic Music Therapists, we can help make Music Together easily accessible to all clients regardless of ability. In our small MTWT groups (maximum 4 registered children plus siblings) families will have the opportunity to make music together with their children. 

Current MTWT Classes:

  • Social Skills Development: A strong emphasis is placed on helping group participants learn appropriate play and interaction skills.
  • Social Skills / Self-Regulation: In this class, group participants continue to expand their social interaction skills while also learning self-regulation techniques.
  • Language-Learning Through Song: A strong emphasis is placed on helping children with limited language abilities to further explore, develop and practice early language skills through singing sounds, syllables, and words.
    • parents/caregivers are required to participate
    • 60 minute class 
    • The final 15 minutes of each session are reserved for the therapist to update the parent/caregiver on what was worked on, the client's progress, and strategies and techniques that can be used outside of sessions in continuing the therapeutic process as well as completing session documentation.  A report will be completed at the end of each semester to review accomplished goals and report on client progress.  
Social Skills Programs

Bang A Beat is now offering Social Skills Programs  at our studio for individuals with special needs.  The different programs target the social needs of our clients by using musical experiences to faciliate peer interaction.  Maximum registration: 6 participants per class

  • Rhythm Kids Within Therapy (ages 8-12yrs):  We are excited to be the only location in the wold offering Music Together's newest curriculum as a pilot class for our Within Therapy program. Using enticing musical experiences (including improvisations, songwriting, instrument exploration, moving to music, etc.,), group participants will practice working together, supporting one another and listening to each others’ contributions throughout the music making process.
    • 45 minute classes
    • The final 5 minutes of each session are reserved for the therapist to update the parent/caregiver on what was worked on, the client's progress, and strategies and techniques that can be used outside of sessions in continuing the therapeutic process Weekly session documentation is completed, and a report will be submitted at the end of each semester to review accomplished goals and report on client progress.  

 

  • Let's Jam (ages 13-22): Let’s Jam gives teens and young adults an opportunity to be in their very own “garage band” with their friends!  A great opportunity to make lasting friendships, this class focuses on participants learning how to work together as a team to learn how to play some of their favourite radio hits using various instruments.  Teens will also be supported in creating their own song lyrics and will have the opportunity to perform for family and friends during the year.  Let's Jam class packages are geared towards individuals who need moderate to no support participating in a group setting.
    • 45 minute classes
    • The final 5 minutes of each session are reserved for the therapist to update the parent/caregiver on what was worked on, the client's progress, and strategies and techniques that can be used outside of sessions in continuing the therapeutic process Weekly session documentation is completed, and a report will be submitted at the end of each semester to review accomplished goals and report on client progress.  
Handwriting Without Tears 3-5yrs

Handwriting Without Tears is a program that promotes the development of early writing skills. Faciliated by our highly trained and certified Occupational Therapists, this class uses Handwriting Without Tears curriculum, as well as a wealth of knowledge in movement and play-based learning, to help get kids on track and build their confidence in their gross and fine motor development, and in their printing and drawing skills.

Handwriting Without Tears 6-9yrs

Handwriting Without Tears is a program that promotes the development of early writing skills. Faciliated by our highly trained and certified Occupational Therapists, this class uses Handwriting Without Tears curriculum, as well as a wealth of knowledge in movement and play-based learning, to help get kids on track and build their confidence in their gross and fine motor development, and in their printing and drawing skills.

Move n' Groove: Sensory Integration 3-5 yrs

Grounded in Motor and Sensory Integration theories, Move n' Groove is faciliated by our highly trained and certified Occupational Therapists, and is ideal for children working on attention, task completion, regulation, behaviour, emotional and sensory processing.  Filled with song, play, structured and spontaneous movement, this class aims to bring awareness to the body as a means of connecting with the nervous system in order to integrate  their connection and foster their development.  

Move n' Groove: Sensory Integration 6-9 yrs

Grounded in Motor and Sensory Integration theories, Move n' Groove is faciliated by our highly trained and certified Occupational Therapists, and is ideal for children working on attention, task completion, regulation, behaviour, emotional and sensory processing.  Filled with song, play, structured and spontaneous movement, this class aims to bring awareness to the body as a means of connecting with the nervous system in order to integrate  their connection and foster their development.  

Move n' Groove: Sensory Integration 10-13yrs

Grounded in Motor and Sensory Integration theories, Move n' Groove is faciliated by our highly trained and certified Occupational Therapists, and is ideal for children working on attention, task completion, regulation, behaviour, emotional and sensory processing.  Filled with song, play, structured and spontaneous movement, this class aims to bring awareness to the body as a means of connecting with the nervous system in order to integrate  their connection and foster their development.  

Get Set for School 3-5yrs

Facilitated by our highly trained and certified Occupational Therapists, Get Set for School is deisgned to help get your little ones ready for the classroom.  Our classes are centred around natural ways kids learn - through movement, play and song.  This floor-based class will focus all of the important pre-academic skills such as: number, letter, shape and colour recognition, colouring, drawing, counting, early reading, social skills (turn taking, waiting, sharing, etc) as well as learning how to use scissors, and follow multi-step instructions.  Come play with us and get set for school!

I Love to Learn! 6-9 yrs

Facilitated by our highly trained and certified Occupational Therapists, I love to Learn classes focus on helping your child reach his/her potential and get set up for success in the classroom. From following instructions, to answering questions, our classes are centred around natural ways kids learn - through movement, play and song.  This floor-based class will continue to work on important academic skills such as: number, letter, shape and colour recognition, colouring, drawing, counting, early reading, social interactions with peers (working with peers, dyad activities, listening to others, sharing ideas, etc) as well as working with scissors, learning about safety and expanding on classroom expectations.  Join us and fall in love with learning!

RDI 101: A Class For Parents

Learn the RDI basics in this 4-week parent course!  RDI 101: A Class For Parents uses parent-education, take-home assignments, open discussions and hands-on practice to offer parents an introduction to the world of Relationship Development Intervention! RDI focuses on teaching parents how to be their child's #1 teacher and guide in life! This course will feature a new parent education topic each week, accompanied by 'try this at home' assignments.  The goals is to have parents develop a baseline understanding of RDI, and to give parents the chance to consider how it could work for their families in the future.

RDI goes outside the “treatment room,” so even though parents are learning new skills alongside their consultant, they also need to practice those skills at home with their child in order for them to really stickand make that life-long difference.  One way we support parents in learning new things is to have them submit videos of themselves practicing. By reviewing your video, your consultant can give you the most relevant, personalized feedback possible, and you know you’re moving in the right direction.


Parents who participate in this class will have their own opportunity to try out this learning style! By submitting one video at anytime throughout our 4 weeks together,
parents will get a glimpse of what an individualized RDI program would offer!

 

 

Let's Talk Together: A Parent-Child Class (3-5yrs)

Our Let's Talk Together: A Parent-Child Class is geared towards parents and their children who have been identified as having a language delay.  Join us in a small class environment, and learn practical strategies to help become your child's most important language teacher.  This class will help parents recognize their child's stage and style of communication, helping parents change the way they speak to their children so that children understand and learn new words.  Parents will also find what motivates their child to interact by adapting routines, tweaking play and changing how to read books together, so that parents can get that conversation started, and together, keep the conversation going.  Child-led, this class will also help build children's confidence,  while encouraging communication. 

Let's Talk Together: A Parent-Child Class (6yrs +)

Our Let's Talk Together: A Parent-Child Class is geared towards parents and their children who have been identified as having a language delay.  Join us in a small class environment, and learn practical strategies to help become your child's most important language teacher.  This class will help parents recognize their child's stage and style of communication, helping parents change the way they speak to their children so that children understand and learn new words.  Parents will also find what motivates their child to interact by adapting routines, tweaking play and changing how to read books together, so that parents can get that conversation started, and together, keep the conversation going.  Child-led, this class will also help build children's confidence,  while encouraging communication. 

Social Skills: Communication with Peers (8-11 yrs)

This Social Skills: Communication with Peers class will help your child learn important social skills needed in successful communication with their peers.  Focusing on improving social communication, back and forth interactions, improving play skills and imitation skills, this class will help teach children how to interact with their peers in a small intimate group of four.  Children will work on turn taking, waiting, sharing, listening to each other's ideas, building off of each other's ideas, recognizing emotions in others, and learning to read facial cues, all while engaging in fun and interactive play.