Our Story

Happy beat is a culmination of our passion, joy, experience and love of children and music. We would love to take you on a journey of how Happy Beat started and to where we are now. Catherine has always had a love of music and has expressed that through her journey in teaching children, she has taught various music and movement programmes alongside a music career involving a background in classical and jazz piano training as well as performing professionally as a percussionist. In 2012 Catherine drew form her passion and experience and created Happy Beat. Soon after Catherine branched out on her own she partnered up with Nicola and together they spent many hours creating a beautiful curriculum and still today continue to grow it. Nicola has always found joy and love in working with children and has many years of experience teaching and caring for children. Nicola has a degree in psychology which has infused into creating our curriculum and gaining a greater understanding of children and the impact of music and movement in their world. We’ve been around for many years but for us it’s just the beginning, let the music begin!

The Teachers

Happy beat is a culmination of our passion, joy, experience and love of children and music. We would love to take you on a journey of how Happy Beat started and to where we are now. Catherine has always had a love of music and has expressed that through her journey in teaching children, she has taught various music and movement programmes alongside a music career involving a background in classical and jazz piano training as well as performing professionally as a percussionist. In 2012 Catherine drew form her passion and experience and created Happy Beat. Soon after Catherine branched out on her own she partnered up with Nicola and together they spent many hours creating a beautiful curriculum and still today continue to grow it. Nicola has always found joy and love in working with children and has many years of experience teaching and caring for children. Nicola has a degree in psychology which has infused into creating our curriculum and gaining a greater understanding of children and the impact of music and movement in their world. We’ve been around for many years but for us it’s just the beginning, let the music begin!

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Happy Beat Services

  • Classes are held once a week and are thirty minutes long.
  • Personal Feedback is given twice a year.
  • Certificates are awarded at the end of the year.
  • Open classes are offered twice a year for parents to come and observe.
  • Children’s Birthday Parties

Singing

  • Children become more confident in themselves by expressing themselves through singing.
  • Children are encouraged to use their voices in different ways. This is important for developing pitch and tone.
  • Learning songs helps children to improve their memory.
  • Singing is an uplifting activity.
  • Singing encourages children to be a part of a group and is a fun social activity.

Music Theory

  • Children are introduced to music theory in a fun and interactive way.
  • Children learn to read music and play along with percussion instruments and backing music.
  • Each child is encouraged to take theory notes home and practice with their families.
  • Children read and play their own notes for the group. This also builds their confidence in themselves and their abilities.

Dramatisation

  • Dramatisation helps children to identify their emotions and builds their self confidence, by acting out a character or pretending to be different creatures or even in expressing their own stories.
  • Children are encouraged to be creative and imaginative.

Happy Beat Classes Involve

  • Music appreciation
  • Movement to music
  • Djembe drumming
  • Learning to play a variety of percussion instruments
  • Music theory
  • Singing
  • Active Listening
  • Dramatisation
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Integration of left and right brain
  • Memory
  • Observation skills
  • Body awareness and self awareness

Music Appreciation and Active Listening

  • All kinds of music is used in the classes.
  • Children learn to identify sounds in the music.
  • Children develop an appreciation for music.
  • Learning to listen is a skill which is emphasized in the lessons.
  • Learning to hear the emotions in music.

Movement to Music

  • Rhythmic movement and free dance encourage self expression.
  • Children are able to interpret what they hear and feel with their bodies.
  • Children develop an understanding of their bodies and to move in certain ways, for example, crossing the midline.
  • Spatial awareness, they learn to perceive where they are in relation to the space around them.
  • Muscle development, they gain flexibility and core strength through a series of fun activities and exercises.

Djembe Drumming

  • Children learn about the drum and how to play it.
  • Children create their own rhythms and are able to express themselves individually.
  • Children learn to play rhythmically in a group.
  • Playing in a group encourages self expression and self confidence.
  • Drumming stimulates both sides of the brain and is an excellent activity for whole brain development.
  • Drumming has been found to be beneficial for improved co-ordination and memory.
  • Drumming is a stress reliever and is such fun.
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