Rachel Parkinson has been involved in the entertainment industry since 1992, having played drums, guitar and sung in original touring pub and club bands from the age of 16.
Her first band, Exploding Daisies, released a CD album in Australia and overseas, and charted as high as 15 in the Australian Independent Charts. Exploding Daisies toured Australia supporting the likes of Baby Animals, Boom Crash Opera, Hunters and Collectors and Mental As Anything.
As a solo performer Rachel supported Eric Burdon and The Animals and performed at numerous venues throughout Australia.
Rachel completed a Preschool Music Teacher Training Course (Level 1) through the Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia in 2006 and is a full writer member of the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Rachel has also been a member of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) since 2011.
Rachel is continually updating her skills by attending workshops and courses held by the Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia.
The Little Feet Music program is a carefully researched, developmental and sequential music program. It's fun, entertaining and educational. All of our teachers play guitar and sing, so all of the music is live and we use a variety of percussion instruments and fun, colourful props. Each term your child will be given a Little Feet Music song book to keep, which has lots of the songs and activities we'll do in the classes for that term. There are lots of songs you'll know as well as loads more for you to learn!
Through the Little Feet Music program children acquire a knowledge of musical concepts such as beat, rhythm, inner hearing, pitch (high and low), dynamics (loud and soft), timbre (characteristics of sounds), form and tempo (fast and slow) while gaining enhanced social skills and confidence.
Little Feet Music is LOTS of fun and the best way for children to learn is by having fun! Children bring the music home to rest of their family through the Little Feet Music song book. Many of the children pretend to be the music teacher for the rest of the family and parents are encouraged to read the Little Feet Music song book and sing the songs at home.
Observation is participation!
Many parents find that their children start singing at home the songs theyíve been learning at Little Feet Music classes, which shows that they have actually been listening and absorbing the information provided in the classes. The Little Feet Music room is an absorption room; not all children will participate straight away.
6-12 months – 30 minute classes
Children and adults participate in songs, dances and playing percussion instruments. Fun, colourful puppets and simple instruments are used and there are lots of finger and lap plays. These sessions are great for child/parent bonding and for giving parents and carers musical ideas to use at home.
1-2 years – 30 minute classes
Listening skills are enhanced - children start to learn how to identify changes in music (e.g., start and stop) and musical elements such as dynamics (loud and quiet), tempo (fast and slow) and timbre (characteristics of sounds). There’s lots of singing, dancing, clapping and jumping!
2-3 years – 40 minute classes
There’s dancing, jumping and wriggling, playing musical games, learning about taking it in turns, meeting some interesting and friendly puppets, learning colours and counting through music and generally having a great fun time. Listening and social skills are developed and nurtured.
3-4 years – 40 minute classes
Children develop conscious learning of beat, tempo, dynamics and pitch through stimulating games, directed movement, songs and rhymes. Musical elements are expanded on and the focus is on having fun while gaining an understanding of music.
4-5 years – 40 minute classes
Children learn some of the symbols which represent musical sounds and rests and learn how to play simple songs/melodies on the chime bars. Simple notation and the concept of reading from left to right are built upon. There’s lots of structured musical game playing and solo singing opportunities in a relaxed and friendly environment. Children who participate in Little Feet Music’s 4-5 year old program can confidently move onto learning a musical instrument.