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Be Sharp Beetles classes start from the age of 8 weeks for Babies to the age of 8 years old for Primary School children.A Be Sharp Beetle grows through five stages of development to become a Bright Beetle (6-8 year old child) - the sixth and last stage. Be Sharp Beetles gives our "naturally musical Baby beetles" the opportunity to develop into strong, happy and healthy "musically bright beetles". 

Beetles of all age groups are exposed to the following genres of music: African, Latin American, Jazz, Classical (opera and orchestral), Rock and Roll, Big Band, Contemporary Pop, Ballads, Country and Western and instrumental music. The music is originally composed and recorded in a recording studio. There are 8 Volumes of music and worked-out currulae that are used throughout the musical development of your child.

The first 8 years of musical development in Be Sharp Beetles class will prepare your child for learning a more formal musical instrument such as the piano, guitar, drums, the "voice" (also an instrument), the violin or the flute just to name a few. Should your child wish to enter the "arts" such as drama, dancing, painting, pottery or drawing, the Be Sharp Beetles classes will wire your chlld's brain for "creative thinking and movement" which is the basis of your child's creative development. 

“Baby Beetles”: Lap babies - crawling babies

In a Baby Beetles class the focus is on the stimulation of Baby through the exposure to different instruments as well as genres of music. Babies have the opportunity to explore a variety of percussion instruments such as rhythm sticks, egg shakers, bells, drums and different kinds of maracas/maracitos. They are also exposed to the sounds of different instruments such as that of the piano, the triange, the mbira (African percussion instrument), the recorder, the voice (during singing activities) and drums just to name a few. This is a wonderful opportunity for moms to relax and enjoy time with their babies during dancing and movement activities. Babies have a natural love for music so it is easy for them to learn the skills involved in playing a variety of percussion instruments. Apart from learning how to play the instruments, the Babies also develop a strong "ear" for different genres of music. Babies Beetles classes continues to develop the natural love a baby has for music

"Bouncy Beetles": Toddlers (walking babies) - twenty one months

Activities in the Bouncy Beetles class are focused on the child that loves to move. Life is an adventure -the opportunity to explore an environment without needing the caregiver to move from point A to B. Though the child displays signs of independence, he still needs much supervision and guidance. Children of this age have a short attention span and may not complete an activity but this does not matter as they are given ample opportunity to explore and learn new things in class. The Bouncy Beetles class involves a lot of movement, ample opportunity to explore a variety of percussion instruments as well as objects such as balls, exploration baskets and the parachute while hearing different genres of music. Bouncy Beetles love listening to short musical stories in which puppetry is involved. Bouncy Beetles take great interest in other children and caregivers in the class so there is opportunity for social interaction and development during the musical activities. 

“Bubbly Beetles”: Twenty two months - two and a half years

Language development is prime in our “Bubbly Beetles”. Stories that develop cultural awareness, puppet play, singing and movement helps your child to understand the changing world around him and prepares him for the complexities of school and adult life. Bubbly Beetles are mastering the skill of playing rhythm sticks, egg shakers, maracas, bells and doing a few basic movements on the drum. They are now ready to start developing their ability to keep a steady beat to music which will blossom during the next Busy Beetles phase. Bubbly Beetles love musical stories which involve different characters such as Thokozane and Thokozile (our South African representatives) and a number of different animal characters that feature throughout our 8 Volumes of music. Bubbly Beetles start to understand that there are different languages that we sing and communicate with such as English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Sotho as these are included in our "hello" and "goodbye" songs.

“Busy Beetles”: Two and a half  - four years old

Instrument play, musical games and movement to different genres of music give children the opportunity to learn how to use their bodies in different ways - a confident child has a positive body image.Children that have been exposed to music and movement classes since baby have the potential to keep a steady beat to different genres of music by the age of three. By now they are learning the names of the different percussion instruments and are starting to show a keen interest in a specific instrument. By now the child will be drawn to the piano or the guitar or the drum but this is not the time to start the child on a formal instrument as he does not have the ability to concentrate or the discipline to pursue a specific instrument. The focus in Busy Beetles class is on stimulating the love of music and the interest in the world of music which includes instruments, the understanding of emotion in music, the ability to keep a steady beat, orchestral abilities such as switching between different percussion instruments, the ability to move creatively, share ideas and thoughts in class and participate in the creative process of making beautiful music together.  

“Big Beetles”: Four - six years old

Musical notation, learning the background of Classical composers such as Beethoven and Mozart while listening to some of their compositions, learning about the orchestra and complex rhythmic development are the focus in our classes. Drumming forms part of this curriculum as it is used to develop counting, reading and listening skills. Children are exposed to different orchestration sounds like cello, trumpet, double bass, accordian and jazz drums and in this way they are introduced to the extensive world of musical instruments. Big Beetles learn that there are string, wind, percussion and keyboard instruments. Singing and dancing is encouraged as well as the arts such as drawing and drama - these are incorporated in music class as all forms of the art are essential in the development of creativity.

“Bright Beetles”:  Six - eight years old

Children learn to play instruments like the recorder and glockenspiel. Brilliant Beetles lay a strong musical foundation before a child starts playing a formal musical instrument like piano, guitar, flute or violin.

Bright Beetles learn about the 4 elements of music i.e. melody, rhythm, harmony and intonation. They learn about the different parts of the orchestra: percussion, woodwind, keyboard, strings and brass. Musical theory also forms part of this curriculum as children have now learnt to identify note values. The child now becomes ready for a more formal musical instrument but this depends on the child's physical abilities, mental reasoning and personality. All of these need to be taken into account when choosing the "right instrument for your child".  Refer to the book: " Choosing the right instrument for your child" (Atarah Ben-Tovim and Douglas Boyd).

Be Sharp Beetles prepares your child for the day he chooses the instrument(s) he would like to partner with. And so the life- long journey in the creative arts start as a Baby Beetle, grows your child into a Bright Beetle and then continues into life as an adult.

The Be Sharp Beetles slogan: "Developing happy children through music" is the beginning of developing happy and balanced adults in our communities.

The Be Sharp Beetles "Musical" Life Cycle.

The child starts as a Baby Beetle. He then moves throught the different developmental musical phases to complete the musical life cycle during the Bright Beetles phase.