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ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM

Thursday, April 2, 2020 by David Bowyer | Uncategorized

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ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM!

We are in an exciting new age of online connectivity and this brave new world needs a bold hero... and that hero is ZOOM.
Kidko has shifted to Virtual Music Lessons for the time being because nobody can stop the music.
So... how do you ZOOM?

STEP 1: Create a ZOOM account, you can do this by clicking here. If you have more than one child it can be handy to create an account for each child so they can have concurrent lessons.
STEP 2: Download the "ZOOM Client" interface to your computer. We prefer our students to use a laptop or desktop computer for their Virtual Music Lessons (VMLs) as the screen is larger and in many cases the audio is better in quality. You can download the "Zoom Client for Meetings" here.

STEP 3: After downloading you'll need to install and then sign in to the "ZOOM Client" interface using your email and address you used in step 1.

STEP 4: "Turn up" for your lesson. Once you are in the "ZOOM Client" interface click the "Join" button, type in your teacher's PMI (Personal Meeting ID), and click join again.

STEP 5: Make sure your microphone and camera are turned on and connected. The settings for these are in the bottom left corner of the ZOOM window.

That's it!

Your teacher will then admit you into their Virtual Studio when they are ready to start your lesson.

Have a Happy Kidko Birthday

Monday, March 2, 2020 by David Bowyer | Workshops

Do you have a birthday or special event coming up?
Kidko would love to host your next party. We offer very competitive rates and have a range of party workshop packages that give you and your kids the chance to sing, dance, and act on their special day.

Hosted by our sensational musical theatre instructors you can choose between our 60, 90, and 120 minute party workshop formats.

Inspiration and Motivation Tips and Tricks

Monday, March 2, 2020 by Rebecca Chambers | Tips and Tricks

Let’s be honest when the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and there are so many awesome things to do and see, practicing music is usually the farthest thing on your kids’ minds. This obviously makes getting them to practice seem like a massive chore for yourself… and undoubtedly for them too.

Consistency and focus are key when it comes to practicing, and is a formula for success. I would like to offer you 10 tips and tricks that I’ve learnt in my 25 years of teaching and in motivating my own son, Fox, to practice.

  1. Amount of practise. 10 minutes, 6 times per week is recommended for a beginner in their first year of learning. Practising small amounts more often is far more productive and achievable than one large practise for the week.

  2. Creating habits. This can take time but habitual behaviour is key to routine. Find a time each day and make practice part of a larger sequence of tasks. I’ve found morning works best for many kids as they are fresher and more focussed, however I’ve found the inverse to be true of Fox who practices better in the evenings. Find the time that works best for them and run with it. Keep their instruments out so they’re accessible for when motivation and inspiration hits, a packed up instrument is an unplayed instrument. 

  3. Good practice is intentional practice. The saying goes that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in a particular skill However, I tell my students, Playing the wrong way is worse than not practising at all. I explain to them that if you program your brain with the wrong information then it is more difficult and time consuming to retrain your brain to the correct way.

  4. Setting goals for each practice session, however small, will give your kids something to work towards. It creates a finality to the session, rather than the arbitrary, open ended notion of “Go Practice.”

  5. Invest your time. Every child is different and they’ll all have their own unique journey and experience with music. Experiencing the high points of joyful inspiration and passionate ambition can be achievable if you are able to commit to supporting their musical studies and invest your time. You can't expect your child to always want to practise... you actually need to enforce the playing at home... there is only so much we can do as educators when we only see the students once a week. Our most successful students are those who have parents who expect regular practise. If their interest and motivation is waning change it up and try something different. You could set new goals, try a different motivation technique or even switch up instruments.

  6. Make it fun and enjoyable. Make a game of their exercises or  challenging parts of a piece.  
    Our teachers here at Kidko encourage repetition, by playing 'first to three' or noughts and crosses.  The student receives a point for correctly playing the phrase. If they don't, the opponent receives a point. Whether they win the game or not, they have mastered the challenging section and also learnt the important life lesson that you don’t always win.    

  7. Improvisation is an incredibly powerful tool in making music fun. Toss the music books aside and let your kids just make up their own music. A University of Queensland study found that informal music making at home can lead to better literacy, numeracy, and social skills in children.

  8. Connecting with your teacher. For those doing daytime lessons we are aware that there can be a 'disconnect'. We welcome you to connect with your teacher- this can be done via email or through our wonderful Student & Parent Portal. As you know every child also has a homework diary which can be used as communication between parent and teacher - feel free to add a note or question here.

  9. Terminology. The term ‘practice’ can come with the connotation of being laborious and boring. Instead you could try using positive terms like play, rehearse, and improvise.

  10. Rewards and bribery. The prospect of a treat or reward will create much better motivation. My mother is a master of this one (she still loves teaching music after 40 years) and I’ve also used big and small rewards with my son, Fox. The reward should be proportional to the task/goal. At Kidko we use stickers and certificates to reward students when they complete their homework tasks, perform in a concert, finishing learning a piece, complete a reading or theory book, or when they have excellent behaviour and a great attitude.

The Chambers Concert Series

Monday, March 2, 2020 by David Bowyer | Concerts

We’ll be hosting our first set of concerts very soon. For those of you who are new to the school, we schedule every student into 1 of our 2 concert series held in May and September. The concerts are super relaxed, a lot of fun, and each concert only goes for an hour making it easy to stick around and support your child’s fellow students.

What is the Coronavirus and what should you do about it?

Monday, March 2, 2020 by David Bowyer | Health & Safety


Don't worry, that's the first thing while coronavirus is of concern, it is important to remember that most people displaying symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or tiredness are likely suffering with a cold or other respiratory illness—not coronavirus.

That said we're not being blasé about the potential threat. It's important to know the facts and to not get caught up in the media hype. Check out this useful guide from the department of health.
If you, or your children are experiencing a fever, a cough, sore throat, tiredness and shortness of breath then pop down to your GP, it could just be a cold but at least you'll have nipped it in the bud.

At Kidko it is always our aim to practice good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene and encouraging our students to do the same.


Your Term Fees

Monday, March 2, 2020 by David Bowyer | Fees

Very soon you will be receiving your ‘Fee Breakdown’ for the term two.

Kidko is a 'subscription based service' which means we deduct your upcoming term fees, in advance, from the account you nominated in our secure payment gateway.

Your fee breakdown will arrive by email one week prior to the processing date and will outline your fees for your lessons and/or classes in term two.

 The fee processing date is on or just after 16th March 2020.

As you are aware, we have a 4 week discontinuation policy. Now is your opportunity to let us know if you wish to cease lessons with us from next term. Naturally we’ll be sad to see you go. If you need to amend your nominated payment method or need to discuss your fees you can always chat to me in the office or send me an email info@kidko.com.au

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Thursday, February 27, 2020 by David Bowyer | Communication

Who Ya Gonna Call?

So you need to talk to someone in the admin and management team. It could be to let us know that you’re sick and can’t make your lesson, update your payment details, or just to ask us a question.

We now have two phone numbers, you can still reach us on 0431 418 148 but you can also get in touch via (03) 9636 0172

If you have questions about scheduling, student info, and music books you’ll want to chat with our scheduling coordinator, Becky. She’s in the office Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

If your query is related to AMEB exams, our concert series, group classes, or holiday workshops our program coordinator Hannah will be able to help you. Hannah works Tuesdays and Wednesday.

Our business manager, David, is the one to speak to about… well… the business. He loves all things to do with policies, procedures, and processes. He’s also the resident tech guru and can help getting you signed up to our Parent & Student Portal. His work days are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.