Since 2004, Sesaya has provided schools, preschools and child care centres throughout Toronto with:
- Weekly and monthly music-and-movement programs
- PA Day, March Break, summer and special-event programs
Try us out … at a nominal (and refundable) cost!
We’d love to talk to you about your child care centre’s goals and needs. If you’ve never seen a Sesaya program before, we’d be thrilled to do a demo at a nominal charge at your facility, with your students. If you sign up for an ongoing program, we’ll apply the charge against the ongoing program fee.
Our programs feature high-quality, age-appropriate instruction
Sesaya`s school, preschool and childcare programs are age- and developmentally appropriate, and are taught by fun, dynamic and fully qualified instructors.
We don’t come to just entertain the children. We engage, involve, and teach them. The interactive components of each session include:
- Creative movement
- Free and synchronized group dances
- Music exploration
- Instrument play-along
- Sing-along to new songs and familiar favourites
- Call-and-response songs
We believe that children learn best in an integrated learning environment where they can complete a diverse variety of activities that foster different skills at once. So our classes also feature:
- Visual, auditory, and tactile play, combining a wide variety of colours, textures, sounds and movements
- A wide variety of music from a diversity of cultures and styles
Your program is customized to meet your centre’s schedule
Your centre has unique needs and goals, so your program is fully customized in content, schedule and length. Enjoy a fully flexible schedule of regular weekly classes or special events (i.e., P.A. Days, March Break, Summer programs), or talk to us about another schedule
We provide everything (except for the students – you provide those)
Sesaya provides all props, instruments, manipulatives and recorded music . . . and from week to week and program to program, what we provide evolves with your program. The focus is always on your students singing and dancing with their friends — and having fun.
It’s pure artistry …but it’s based on the science of learning
When children participate enthusiastically, aided by interaction with their peers, learning occurs!
Sesaya programs are childhood music education derived from the philosophies of:
Carl Orff (Germany: Orff-Schulwerk): Orff-Schulwerk is based on Orff’s belief that the easiest method of teaching music is to draw out a child’s inherent affinities for rhythm and melody and allow these to develop in natural ways, leading the child by his or her intuition from primitive to more sophisticated expression…
Zoltan Kodaly (Hungary: Kodaly Method): According to the Kodaly Method, singing is the foundation of musical culture. The voice is a child’s most precious instrument, and singing is the basic musical activity. So a child should sing often, joyfully and unaccompanied, in order to develop a tuneful voice.
Emile Jacques-Dalcroze (Switzerland: Dalcroze Eurythmics): In this methodology, the body is the source of all musical ideas, and movement affects musical perception. So a child’s musical education and appreciation are enhanced by movement. Fostering a child’s ability to hear, “think,” “feel” and read music through experience (rather than just their intellect) enables the child to approach music, instruments and training with heightened emotion, understanding and skill.
Shin’ichi Suzuki (Japan: Suzuki Method): The central belief of Suzuki is based on the evidence of universal language acquisition. Children learn music much like their native language, through listening experiences. Because they hear the sounds and rhythms from birth, there is never a doubt in children’s minds that they will succeed in speaking their own language. Therefore, developing focused auditory skills – the sounds and rhythms of musical experience – is vital to a child’s musical development.
Rudolf Laban (Slovakia: Labanotation): Laban, a major pioneer in the evolution of modern dance, promoted the idea that dance should be readily available to everyone. To facilitate understanding and practice, he isolated the different elements of movement into 4 principal areas: the body and how it moves through space (level, size, direction, pathway), time (speed rhythm) and force (energy, weight, flow).
To these pedagogical aspects, Sesaya adds a unique flavour born of decades of music and dance training. As a result, our teachers bring unique instruments, music and dances that enrich your students’ learning in diverse and distinct ways.