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For 5-year-olds

The Junior Circle

About the Programme

TMC’s Early Childhood Music Pathway for preschoolers (2 to 5 year-olds) lays a strong and essential foundation for their first steps as musicians. Our music and movement classes promote a love for music while developing crucial skills such as rhythm and aural development. These classes are also aimed at enhancing physiological-emotional skills such as gross and fine motor coordination, cognitive skills as well as nurturing creativity.

The Junior Circle Pre-Instrumental (5 year old) class is a 45-minute non parent-accompanied class. Each term of TJC is 11 weeks, with 4 terms in total. Students are welcome to attend a trial class before enrolment.

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Programme Structure
45 minutes per lesson
Each term of TJC is 11 weeks, with 4 terms in total
Non parent-accompanied class
Trial class available

TJC Learning Outcomes

Students will enjoy and experience music in the following ways:

Pitch and melody
  • Identify, sing, and aurally differentiate between notes including do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, and ti.
  • Echo and sing 2-bar melodic phrases in solfege and perform songs with hand signs in solfège.
  • Play songs on the xylophone using the notes do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, and ti.
  • Recognise notes on staff lines and learn to associate each note with its corresponding alphabet.
  • Rhythmic patterns such as ta, ti-ti, tika-tika, ti-tika, tika-ti, ta-a, ta-a-a, ta-a-a-a, triplet, and tim-ka.
  • Keep a steady beat by walking and clap specific rhythms within the bar.
  • Accurately echo and clap 2-bar rhythmic patterns and demonstrate an understanding of different rhythms.
  • Visually and aurally identify each rhythm and create, clap, and say 1-bar rhythms using rhythmic syllables.
Listening skills
  • Identify and respond to recurring motifs in music through movement.
  • Identify rhythms in songs and echo and playback simple melodic patterns on the xylophone by ear.
Tempo and dynamics in music
  • Respond to changes in tempo through movement.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of gradual changes in dynamics.
  • Using the xylophone, students will be able to play songs at varying tempos (fast or slow) with varying dynamics (loud or soft).

Programme Fees

The Junior Circle

$440 per module of 11 lessons

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Miscellaneous fees
  • One time TMC enrolment fee: $65 (including administrative costs, TMC bag and Student Folder
  • Material Fees: $40 including starter pack, all resources, booklets, home activities and playlists provided for the course
  • Xylophone Rental: $20


Can my child start learning an instrument?

For 5 year olds, we recommend that they attend pre-instrumental The Junior Circle (TJC) classes. These classes prepare students for instrumental lessons and explore rhythm, singing and basic musical skills such as notation. Students will also be doing kinaesthetic exercises which will help prepare their bodies for playing an instrument. Playing xylophones and singing solfege in these classes are also much more manageable at their age and aids in instrumental playing in future.

During the student’s term at TJC, we can arrange for individual piano lessons when they are ready. Children who want to learn the violin can undergo a consultation with a Violin Academy teacher towards the end of TJC, as we recommend starting closer to the age of 6. If students commence individual lessons, they will attend these concurrently with TJC.

Will my child get exposure to different instruments in The Junior Circle?

TJC students will play with percussion instruments as well as the xylophone to take their first steps in instrumental learning. At the latter half of the course, the students will be able to experience the piano and violin in class sessions facilitated by Instrumental Academy teachers.

What if we have to miss classes, will there be a make-up class?

We are unable to provide a make-up class as it is a group class. We do however provide a lesson credit for a class missed due to unforeseen circumstances. We are able to provide up to two lesson credits per term, which will be credited towards the subsequent term’s fees or expenses.

Can my child attend a trial class?

Yes, you can register for a trial class by filling in the register interest form on the page.

What happens if we miss a class?

We provide a lesson credit for a class missed due to unforeseen circumstances. We are able to provide up to two lesson credits per term, which will be credited towards the subsequent term’s fees or expenses.

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We can arrange for a suitable trial class for your child, if you fill in this form below.

I love The Music Circle’s curriculum, which focusses on building a strong music foundation in the early years through story and art instead of rushing children into learning instruments. I love the way the school teaches solfége and the teachers are very patient and passionate. Class size is just right and everyone there is so warm and friendly. Highly recommend this music school.

Lydia Ng

Both my kids enjoy the learning experience at The Music Circle. Appreciate the teachers building a strong foundation through developing pitch and rhythm awareness in the early stage through songs and movement before progressing to learning instrumentals. Lessons are interactive and engaging conducted by warm and caring teachers. 🙂

Qin Yi Teo

Fun, creative and interesting journey into the world of music, with the help of Mimi the Mouse, Sophie the Sheep, and all their wonderful friends. to build a solid foundation before kids embark on learning an instrument.

Carolyn Tay

The TMC Teachers Academy has been absolutely eye-opening and inspirational for me as a new educator. It not only prepared me to teach but made me question and consider various aspects of my own learning and being a musician, which very much shapes the way you teach. It was also very interesting to learn various pedagogies and understand how children learn. I am very thankful to Tee and her team for their time and effort to mentor and encourage me to grow and develop, without which I wouldn’t be the educator I am today.

Clarissa Lim