Australian Chamber Orchestra Music and Movement Classes

  • Toddlers

Movement is an important part of any music lesson. When children move around to music, they benefit from improving their hand-eye coordination, concentration, balance, and cognitive skills.

About Australian Chamber Orchestra Music & Movement classes.

ACO weekly Music & Movement classes run on Mondays. The classes offer a quality music learning experiences for 2.5 – 5-year-olds, presented over the course of an 8-week term.

Children will be introduced to musical concepts through singing, playing, and moving, and will develop their creativity and expression through improvisation and dramatisation activities. Led by our highly experienced early years music educator, classes will use a combination of Dalcroze, Kodaly and Orff teaching methods and activities, tailored specifically for the age and developmental stage of the children. Class sizes are kept intentionally small, and children will progress at their own pace.

Most importantly, ACO Music & Movement classes are fun and will ignite in children what will hopefully be a life-long love of music. Focus is on unconscious learning so that children are not inhibited by set musical ideas – allowing them to become creative musical thinkers before going on to more formal instrumental education.

Research has shown that participating in music learning from a young age can improve a child’s physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development. We look forward to welcoming your family to Pier 2/3 to experience the life-changing impact of music.

ACO weekly Music & Movement classes run on Mondays. The classes offer a quality music learning experiences for 2.5 – 5-year-olds.

How it works

There are three classes: the Green Class for 2.5 – 3-year-olds, the Red Class for 3 – 4-year-olds, and the Blue Class for 4 – 5-year-olds. Sign up to the relevant class for your child on termly basis, with 8 classes per term. See further details below.

Green Class (2.5 – 3 year olds) Mondays, 9:30am – 10am

This 30-min class for 2.5 – 3 year olds is will start children on their music learning journey. Children will be introduced to basic musical concepts and develop critical gross and fine motor skills through singing, rhythmic movement, simple percussion activities, action songs, finger play, and dramatisation games. In this class, accompanying adults are required to participate with children in activities. As children turn three, and depending on their confidence, they may start to participate in some activities independently.

Red Class (3 – 4 year olds) Mondays, 10:15am – 11am

In this 45-min class, children will develop their understanding of musical concepts, start developing their creativity, and will begin to work more independently. The structure of the lesson involves a mix of singing, action songs, body percussion, rhythmic movement with piano or instrumental accompaniment, and dramatisation of songs. Children will begin to play percussion instruments independently, moving onto tuned percussion and using improvisation as a means to express their creativity. Involvement by accompanying adults may be required in movement activities, only if needed.

Blue Class (4 – 5 year olds) Mondays, 11:15am – 12pm

This 45-min class will see older children continue to develop musical understanding and skills, through singing, playing tuned and untuned percussion instruments, rhythmic movement with and without accompaniment, and dramatisation to music. Classes will involve elements of improvisation and creative self-expression and children will begin to work much more independently. There is continued focus on the continuity of unconscious learning and the development of broad musical thinking and skills before children move onto more formal instrumental lessons in the future.

2022 Program Dates

Term 3 runs from Monday 1 August 2022 to Monday 19 September 2022 (8 weeks)
Term 4 runs from Monday 17 October to Monday 5 December 2022 (8 weeks)


2.5-3 years old (Green class) - 9.30am - 10am 

3-4 year olds (Red class) 10.15am - 11am

4-5-year olds (Blue class) 11.15am - 12pm

Where:      Pier 2/3, 13A Hickson Road, Dawes Point
When:       Term 3 runs from Monday 25 July 2022 to Monday 12 September 2022 (8 weeks)
Cost:         2.5–3 year olds  $200.00 and 3-5 year olds $280.00

Please contact us at [email protected] for more information click here to enrol.


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