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At Be Sharp Beetles we believe that every child is unique and special and that we can make a difference in their development and musical abilities. All children are born with a natural musical ability – it is whether this ability and love for music is nurtured that influences whether the child develops this natural musical ability. Genes do play a role but exposure plays an even bigger role!
 
Be Sharp Beetles is a Music, Stimulation and Movement programme that develops children from 8 weeks to 8 years of age. The original music and lesson plans are specifically written to include a variety of music and song styles, cultures and languages that will stimulate and encourage a child to grow physically, emotionally and intellectually.
 
The earlier your start your Baby in the Be Sharp Beetles music class, the better. “Babies are never too young for music” and this is why:
 
  • Music is soothing and engages emotions. The attention of an infant is constantly attuned to the sounds around them. In a recent study, infants were able to pick out minute changes in melodies at the age of only one or two months. Four month old babies are starting to be attentive and responsive to musical sounds and their brains are very ready for "musical wiring".
  • Music contributes to what experts call "a rich sensory environment." This simply means exposing babies to a wide variety of sounds, different movements and rhythms. a variety of music and percussion instruments forges pathways between the cells in their brains. These neural connections will assist a child in every area of school including reading and maths. Just listening to music can form some connections but the biggest impact on your baby happens when he is involved in musical activities.
  • The focus in the Baby Beetles class is exposure and not "performance". Babies are so ready to learn about their environment so we believe in exposing babies to all aspects of music. The fact that a baby cannot hold an instrument does not mean that he is not learning. The task is with the caregiver to expose the baby to the instruments until he is ready to play it himself. That is why babies that have participated in Be Sharp Beetles classes since the age of 8 weeks are able to play maracas by the age of 8 months, can play rhythm sticks by the age of 10 months and can explore castanets age appropriately by the age of 11 months.
  • Infants enjoy feeling the rhythm of the music. They learn by observation and love exploring the instruments with their mouths. They eventually realize the instruments are more fun to play with than to "suck on" and begin to experiment with the sounds they can make with the percussion instruments.
  • Infants are stimulated by the music in the class and eventually attempt to vocalise what they are hearing and begin to sing – yes the AAHHHs and BABABA’s are tunes and the babies attempt to sing!
  • Be Sharp Beetles classes are FUN and a great opportunity to bond with your baby and other caregivers.