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Children's classes (“Muziekland”)

“Muziekland” is an ideal introduction to music, designed especially for children who are still too young for instrumental lessons or who have not yet chosen a specific instrument. Children are taught the basics of music in a playful way (literally and figuratively!). In a cozy, casual atmosphere, all kinds of musical concepts are introduced, such as rhythm, tempo, musical notation, melodic formation, listening to music, improvisation and ensemble playing.

Muziekland is rhythm games, movement to music, movement improvisation and games involving musical concepts such as high/low, loud/soft, long/short, slow/fast. Singing, moving, discovering... that's Muziekland. Though centered on play and enjoyment, Muziekland classes teach the basic principles of music and encourage children to discover the music within themselves: a prelude to a life full of music.

Overview of children's courses

Music lessons for young toddlers (1½ - 2½ years)

Playfully exploring musical possibilities.

Wednesday
10:30 - 11:15 Music lesson toddler (1½ - 2½ years) Parent and child
Course code:
CS WO 10:30
Tuition:
€ 130,00
16 lessons (45 min.)
Teacher:
Claudia Seevinck (CS)

2nd period starts on Wednesday, January 31st, 2024

Music lesson toddlers (2½ - 4 years)

Playfully exploring musical possibilities. Lots of play and imaginative musical adventures with music and movement at toddler level.

Saturday
09:30 - 10:30
Music lesson toddlers (±2½ - 4 years) Parent and child
Course code:
CS ZA 09:30

10:30 - 11:30 Music lesson toddlers (±2½ - 4 years) Parent and child
Course code:
CS ZA 10:30

Tuition:
€ 178,00
17 lessons (60 min.)
Teacher:
Claudia Seevinck (CS)
Course starts with a minimum of 10 registrations.

2nd period starts on Saturday, February 3d, 2024

Music lesson for 4- and 5-year-olds

A playful exploration of musical possibilities. Lots of imaginative lessons with an emphasis on movement, beat, rhythm and melodic development.

Wednesday
13:30 - 14:30 Music lesson 4- and 5-year-olds
Teacher:
Claudia Seevinck
Course code:
CS WO 13:30

Saturday
09:30 - 10:30 Music lesson 4- and 5-year-olds
Teacher:
Vanessa Brockotter
Course code:
VB ZA 09:30

10:30 - 11:30 Music lesson 4- and 5-year-olds
Teacher:
Vanessa Brockotter
Course code:
VB ZA 10:30

Saturday
11:30 - 12:30 Music lesson 4- and 5-year-olds
Teacher:
Claudia Seevinck
Course code:
CS ZA 11:30

Tuition fee
€ 345,00 (34 lessons, 60 minutes).
Course starts with a minimum of 10 registrants.

500x250 kindercursussen muziekland

Music class (6 to 9 years)

For children in groups 3, 4 and 5. Syllabus includes learning staff notation and learning to play an instrument. The children can choose either xylophone, recorder, ukulele or a small keyboard.

34 lessons 60 minutes - Tuition fee € 345,00

Monday
16:00 - 17:00 Music class for children in Dutch school groups 3, 4 and 5 (6 to 9 years), level 1 (first year)
Teacher:
Claudia Seevinck
Course code:
CS MA 16:00

Wednesday
14:30 - 15:30 Music class for children in Dutch school groups 3, 4 and 5 (6 to 9 years), level 1 (first year)
Teacher:
Claudia Seevinck
Course code:
CS WO 14:30
Course starts with a minimum of 10 registrations.

15:30 - 16:30 Music class for children in Dutch school groups 3, 4 and 5 (6 to 9 years) level 2 (second year)
Teacher:
Claudia Seevinck
Course code:
CS WO 15:30
Course starts with a minimum of 10 registrations.

Saturday
11:30 - 12:30 Music class for children in Dutch school groups 3, 4 and 5 (6 to 9 years)
Teacher:
Vanessa Brockotter
Course code:
VB ZA 11:30
Course starts with a minimum of 10 registrations.

Children's musical theatre

A dynamic singing lesson in which acting and theater also play a role. The course ends with a unique theatrical singing performance for parents and caregivers.

Wednesday
17:30 - 18:30 Children's music theater (from 8 years old)
Teacher:
Claudia Seevinck
Course code:
CS WO 17:30
Tuition:
€ 345,00
34 lessons (60 minutes)
Course starts with a minimum of 5 registrations.

NB Despite the playful approach, these lessons require basic Dutch skills.

Children’s Choir (for children from about 5 years to about 10 years)

Wednesday
16:30 - 17:30 Children's choir (5 - 10 years)
Teacher:
Claudia Seevinck
Course code:
CS WO 16:30
Tuition:
€ 345,00
34 lessons (60 minutes)
Course starts with a minimum of 5 registrations.

NB Despite the playful approach, these lessons require basic Dutch skills.

Muziekland party

AWESOME!

Celebrate your birthday party at MDH with your friends. Play a fun music game, listen to a beautiful musical fairy tale, learn popular songs on musical instruments and even make your own music video. You are welcome to bring refreshments and cake. Our teachers will do their best to accommodate your personal wishes (after consultation) to organize a fantastic music party for your child’s special birthday - no mess at home!

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All instruments mentioned above are used in all music classes and the teachers accompany the children on guitar and piano/keyboard. On completion of the Muziekland course, the teachers will advise parents regarding the choice of an instrument.

The best way to get information is to attend a real class! You can do that after the summer holidays. The Muziekland lessons start in the week of September 13, 2023. We would therefore like to invite parents and children to attend a trial lesson on Monday, Wednesday or Saturday. You can register directly after the lesson.

Overview of children's courses

(Almost) all instrumental lessons

How old do you have to be to start lessons on the different instruments?

  • Accordion – 6 years - you have to be big enough to hold and control a small accordion.
    Younger than 6 years old is possible after consultation with the teacher.
  • Viola – about 8 years old
  • Recorder – 6 years
  • Cello – 4 years
  • Contrabass and Minibas – Minibas from 9 – 14 years old
  • Flute – 6-7 years
  • Electric guitar
  • Bassoon – 8-9 years old; younger is possible after consultation with the teacher.
  • Guitar – 6 years; younger than 6 years old is possible after consultation with the teacher
  • Harp – 7 years
  • Oboe – 6 years (as soon as your hands are able to reach and press the keys)
  • Horn – 8 years
  • Keyboard – 6 years
  • Clarinet – 8 years
  • Lute
  • Muziekland – from 1½ years
  • Children's music theater – 6-9 years and 9 to 12 years
  • Organ
  • Pan flute – 6 years
  • Piano – from 6 years; younger than 6 years old is possible after consultation with the teacher
  • Saxophone – 8-9 years (condition: front teeth must be adult teeth; sturdy hands)
  • Drums - from 6 years; younger than 6 years old is possible after consultation with the teacher
  • Trombone – from 8 years old; sometimes younger, depending on how tall you are
  • Trumpet – from 8-9 years old (condition: front teeth must be adult teeth)
  • Tuba
  • Violin – 5 years
  • Mini violin – 4-6 years
  • Vocals – from 8 years old

Practise at home

To learn to play an instrument, but also to learn to sing well, it is necessary to practise. Only then is it possible to make progress. With regular practise, playing will improve and the possibilities of the instrument can be discovered. As basic skills are acquired, it becomes more and more fun to play and also to make music together.

Daily practise is essential. It is easiest to do this at a fixed time. Incorporate practise into the daily routine, just like eating, brushing teeth, and going to school. Parents can play a very important role: encourage children to practise; help remind about practise times; listen during practise sessions and give positive feedback: try to make it a fun and positive experience. Coming to the lesson well prepared is pleasant for both the student and the teacher.

Of course it won't always be easy to practise every day or to be well prepared every week. Talk to the teacher about it if motivation seems to be waning - perhaps some adjustments to the curriculum can be made to rekindle the enthusiasm.

Music from the Balkans for children

Discover traditional folk music from Romania, Hungary and Russia (but with the accent on Romanian music), both traditional and salon music from these countries.

Course name: Ensemble Music from the Balkans – children
Teacher: Marlies de Roos – Linden
Tuition: € 494 (weekly rehearsal: 45 minutes)
Minimum number of participants: 4

The mini violin class

The Mini Violin Class is a group lesson for children aged 5 and 6. The group consists of a maximum of 6 children and lasts 60 minutes. The accompanying lesson book contains weekly lessons and is specially made for very young violinists. Extensive attention is paid to:

  • the development of the left hand
  • the bow-hold
  • the development of the sense of rhythm
  • the development of hearing
  • the notation

Singing is an important element in every class.

The Miniviool book (Dutch) comes with a 'magic wand' with which the children can practise the bow-hold in a playful way.
A unique feature of this method is that the children become familiar with the music image from the start by means of coloring pictures.
For the parents, there are detailed instructions with every lesson stating what needs to be practised that week.
Course name: Mini violin class (weekly classes)
Teacher: Caroline Geelen
Tuition and length of class: dependent on the size of the group.

French Horn introductory course

For French Horn, the Orchestra Academy of the Hofstads Youth Orchestra offers an introductory course in collaboration with the Music Academy of The Hague. This is a unique opportunity to get acquainted with this beautiful instrument!

During the introductory training you get 18 lessons for a price of € 290. This includes the use of a horn; The Hofstads Jeugdorkest provides an instrument for each participant on a loan basis. You can take this instrument home with you to practise at home. For children aged approx. 8-12 years it is possible to borrow a smaller children's horn (while supplies last!).

The horn lessons are given by horn teacher Jana Suilen and take place at the Music Academy in The Hague. After the introductory course, the lessons can be continued at MDH.

Depending on the number of registrations, the 18 lessons of the introductory training are given in small groups of 2-3 students or individually.

For more information and registration, please visit the website of the Orchestra Academy of the Hofstads Youth Orchestra: www.hofstadsjeugdorkest.nl/orkestacademie.

Muziekacademie Den Haag

Raamweg 362596 HN Den Haag MDH can be reached by telephone between 14:00 and 17:30 from Monday to Friday. Our volunteers at the reception desk will be happy to help you in any way they can. In case there is no volunteer available or they cannot answer your questions, please send an email. 070 743 00 55 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.