In Musical May, Educational Experience is providing exclusive articles and expert advice about how parents, educators and teachers can introduce music and make it a key feature of their lifelong learning.

Literacy: in the early years literacy includes a range of modes of communication including music, movement, dance, storytelling, visual arts, media and drama, as well as talking, reading and writing.

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The owner and principal teacher at Rosie’s School of Rock, Craig ‘Rosie’ Rosevear has a unique perspective on the importance of music in every aspect of life. Based in Newcastle, Craig has many years’ experience as a performer and teacher. Having taught drums since the age of 15 and toured the world with iconic Australian rock band, The Screaming Jets, Craig has immense knowledge of the music industry and how music can enhance every aspect of a child’s life. His school was established in 2007 and provides a wide range of small group and private 1:1 lessons.

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Craig has a simple philosophy, ‘it must be about the interactive, authentic experience.’ For someone with many years’ experience performing live, Craig knows that it can be a daunting choice for a teacher or parent to start a child with a musical instrument. ‘Parents don’t have to be musicians. Encouragement can be having a guitar or drum kit in the house.’

'Music is an art and science...'

At Rosie’s School of Rock, there is a unique focus on performance. ‘It is the ultimate thrill for a child,’ said Craig, ‘performing is all about confidence. The self-confidence and self-discipline to perform will help a child in every aspect of their life.’ Craig offered his top three tips for parents, educators and teachers wanting to extend their children with music.

1. When to start? As early as possible, recommends Craig. ‘From the initial non-verbal stages parents can be immersing their child in music.’ Craig recommends small group lessons for children in early childhood. ‘Kindergarten is such a busy and stimulating time. I would recommend parents allow a child to settle into school before starting private 1:1 lessons.’ Craig suggests that the perfect age to start private lessons is 7 years old

2. How can it help a child’s academic and social wellbeing? ‘Music is an art and science,’ says Craig, ‘it is a creative art with a mathematical structure.’ The other countless benefits include young children learning about turn taking, haring, supporting each other, increasing confidence and the immense focus on fine and gross motor skills.


3. What is the role of the parent or educator? According to Craig, music the perfect way for parents to engage with their children.’ Craig emphases the important role of parents. ‘We have the parents as a central part of our lessons. They can help children engage with music, encourage the child to play along to music, make regular time to practice, make it something you do together.’

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