It is a greatly underappreciated fact that learning music in childhood can help the brain develop faster. Children who receive music lessons progress faster in the areas of language and reading skills but also in mathematics, memory and fine motor skills. Learning to make music helps in many other non-academic areas: social development, personal confidence and self-expression, and researchers have seen music instruction yields positive results in children with speech delays and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The Super Music Factory is only too ready to agree with the scientists’ conclusions. At The Super Music Factory, preschoolers learn to interact with, read, play and, above all, enjoy music.
The Super Music Factory is looking for a new generation of musicians. Pre-schoolers will be introduced the key musical concepts of pitch, rhythm, timbre and tempo, children engage with a variety of percussion instruments (shakers, tambourines, maracas etc) as well as songs, rhymes, movement and keyboard activities. Each 30 minute session is paced to the ability and learning style of the child, and always finishes with a song and a big smile.
All Super Music Factory sessions are supported by take-home sheets in the student’s own folder, with activities and games featuring the Finger Force Five, a quintet of cute musical superheroes.
For school age students The Super Music Factory offers beginner to intermediate classes in piano and singing. Piano lessons are supported by the Supersonics program, an acclaimed syllabus developed in Australia, however every student is treated as an individual and lessons are paced to their unique learning style and ability.
The Super Music Factory also has fun ukulele lessons called Superlele. Superlele is a weekly fun-filled 45 minute small group ukulele lesson for ages 5 -16 years. In each Superlele lesson they will not only be taught to play the ukulele but will also get teaching in theory, aural and rhythm in a fun environment which makes practice a breeze.
Every Super Music Factory student is encouraged to participate in one of two performance afternoons held each year, which is a great opportunity for family and friends to see and applaud their young musician’s progress. No one is under obligation to perform like Mozart or Michael Jackson, but every child feels pride in showing what they have learnt.
For casual music education for preschoolers, The Super Music Factory also has a weekly drop in music group called Super Music Musical Adventures. Super Music Musical Adventures is a fun filled music lesson for pre-schoolers.
Children will learn about numbers, rhythm, sounds and patterns and the fun songs and games offer a great start to any budding young musician. It runs every Wednesday morning during the school terms at 11am at the Whangarei Central Baptist Church Hall. The cost is $4.00 per family. Stay after for a drink, a biscuit and a chat.
SHARON SIMPSONOwner/Operator & Head Teacher
Sharon started The Super Music Factory over 10 years ago when she saw the need for quality and fun children’s music education. She plays piano, piano accordion, is a classically trained singer and actress. Sharon has been part of numerous amateur and professional theatre productions all throughout New Zealand performing lead and supporting roles in show like Westside Story, The Buddy Holly Story, Anything Goes, Fiddler On The Roof and more recently as Donna in Mamma Mia.
She has had the opportunity to share her creative gifts by running a children’s choir, teaching drama and providing music education shows for children. She also had the privilege of being the vocal coach for the children’s choir at Coca Cola Christmas in the Park 2006. She has travelled throughout the world as part of the Air New Zealand Accordion Orchestra where she played accordion and was the lead vocalist.
Sharon is passionate about music education for children. Sharon’s experience of teaching music in her private studio and in schools for more than twenty years is full of stories of children blooming and thriving as they take their first musical steps and then learn to express themselves with music.
JONAH NIKOLAI WERHANPiano/Ukulele Teacher
Jonah first picked up an instrument at the age of six when he started playing the Descant Recorder. Since then he has learnt the Piano, Guitar, Saxophone and Clarinet. He is a member of the New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds Band, the Whangarei Youth Music Concert Band and Orchestra where he also gives tuition in Saxophone; and is the Youth Representative on the WYM committee.
Jonah is also involved in musical theatre and is regularly part of productions for The Whangarei Theatre Company. He plans to study music at university and aims to be a professional musician. It is great having Jonah as part of The Super Music Factory team.
ANGHARAD YEARBURY-MURPHYPiano/Pre-school Music Teacher
From a young age Angharad has known she was going to be a musician. She is a trained singer and plays piano, guitar, the ukulele and is a valued member of the Whangarei Youth Music choir. Angharad’s passion is musical theatre. She is an active member of the Whangarei Theatre Company where she was part of the cast for Jesus Christ Superstar, A Night of One Act Plays and Rent.
She loves anything creative and as well as being an amazing artist she has won talent quests and is starting her professional performing career. She hopes to continue towards a career in musical theatre and acting. Angharad is an awesome part of The Super Music Factory team.