Early Childhood Music Program

For children 0 to 9 years of age

Newcastle Conservatorium Early Childhood Music
The Early Childhood music program provides children with opportunities to discover and develop a love and understanding of music. Children develop vocal, instrumental, aural and musical discrimination skills, through the use of enjoyable games, songs, moving, creating, listening and playing activities. Participation in a developmental music program during a child's early years enhances listening skills, concentration and academic ability, as well as social skills and self confidence.

The Conservatorium's music for children program provides a series of enjoyable, age appropriate musical experiences, from birth through to the age of nine years. Elements of Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze are included. Classes are offered in Newcastle.

Lessons for children aged five and under are held in the mornings, Monday to Friday. School age children attend after school.

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Early Childhood Music fees 2019

Group tuition

Lesson duration

Cost (per term inc GST)

Early Childhood Music

45 minutes once per week


Early Childhood Music 2nd child discount

45 minutes once per week


Early Childhood Music Level 3

1 hour once per week


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Early Childhood Music Staff

Janelle Davies 

Janelle Davies

BEd(Music); ATCL; AMusA; MMusTech

Janelle is the Coordinator of the Early Childhood Music Program and has an extensive background in music teaching and performing; from piano, choir and band work to classroom teaching, individual tuition and music technology. She has taught in high schools, primary schools, studio teaching and at the Conservatorium for many years. Janelle has had a vast range of teaching experiences and musical styles meeting the educational outcomes of students, from birth and on, to allow for a lifelong appreciation of learning and enjoyment. She is passionate about teaching and strives to promote a highly motivating and engaging environment in which students can express themselves freely while modelling the appreciation of music for learning and enjoyment.

David Hawkins David Hawkins

M.Ed.(Distinction); B.Mus.; B.A.; Grad.Cert.Ed.Studies; Grad.Dip.Ed.; Cert.ECM; Cert.KMEIA; Cert.Mus.; A.Mus.A

David is the foundation Principal Flute of the Hunter Orchestra, and foundation committee member of many community societies dedicated to the teaching and love of music, including: The Newcastle Flute Society; the Newcastle Twentieth Century Musical Society; the Mattara Music Festival Society; and Newcastle Philomus Orchestra (conductor).

Geri Rea photo Geri Rea


Spanning over three decades, Geri's experience and expertise lie in establishing sound technique and learning principles for primary aged children. In addition to teaching her own four children, Geri is employed in the Early Childhood Music Program at Newcastle Conservatorium, runs music workshops for teachers and has 70 piano students in her private practice.

An author of four books, Geri loves to nurture the beginning of a lifelong enjoyment of music for young children, providing creative repertoire through which confidence can be built and musical talent developed.

Carla SharpeCarla Sharpe

A. Mus. A. (Singing). Aust. Kodaly Cert. In Music Ed.

Carla has been teaching singing and leading early childhood music classes with the Newcastle Conservatorium since the mid 1990s.  Carla's early childhood music students are involved with music games to develop their sense of rhythm, voice and pitch. The games include movement with scarves, parachute, hoops, balls, singing and many untuned instruments, such as bells and maracas. Also tuned instruments are used while Carla plays the piano or sings with the children joining in.

With older children Carla uses the Kodaly music system and the children find they are exploring music with rhythms, simple melodies and voice. Games are played and later the music is put on the staff and played on tuned instruments.