Mousika Akousmata and “The Sound of Music ...”

Hello everybody,

As you drive by, the small and cozy school will turn your head, and make you wondering …”What is it going on there?” The sweetest teacher, the little children listening quietly to the Sound of music…. Nataly, her beautiful name calling for Christmas – she will be there to make your children dream and love, she will be there to welcome every little one, curious about the piano, happy to discover all the instruments. It is the most wonderful place where your kids will learn to grow with music!
Nataly Iracleous was very happy to answer to Kids Fun in Cyprus ‘questions, to help us discover the world of her amazing music lessons.

Izzy: I am very happy to meet you today and to be able to participate at one of your wonderful lessons, Nataly. I cannot stop notice that you have lots of small children around you all listening to you, learning and having fun. What can you tell us about you and Musika Akousmata?
Nataly Iracleous:  I am very happy to meet you too and thank you for the chance you give me to introduce Mousika Akousmata. Ever since I remember myself I was always singing or playing the piano or participating in musical events. This is why I later followed musical studies at Lancaster University in U.K. . When Musika Akousmata School opened in 2012, I felt more than happy to join and be a part of it.

Izzy: What are you doing here at Musika Akousmata? Who are your students and what do they learn?
N.I.: For a start I should mention the group lessons we have for children from 3 to 6 years old. I should call this a musical preparation-a first insight to the world of music. Children have the chance to learn about the orchestra and meet the various instruments of it. Also they are introduced to some composers (like Mozart or Beethoven) and listen to some of their top and most famous works. They will learn about rhythm by practicing easy musical patterns using the percussion instruments we have there. During the lessons and for the purpose of an activity children are able to use our musical instruments (from maracas and bells to small ukuleles and piano) music tubes or music bells.
 By the end of the year they are expected to be able to recognize many instruments of the orchestra (when see them or listening to their sounds), talk a bit about a composer and refer to one top musical work, compose short and easy rhythmic patterns and practice them using an instrument.
At the age of 6 mainly those who are interested continue with piano lessons 1 hour per week but I also give them group theory lessons.

Izzy: Your students grow…. And with them grows also their love for music, their love for what you teach them. Are they able to follow their love here at the school?
N.I.: At the age of 6 mainly children are able to start piano lessons with me. Also, in some cases when a child is younger (5 years old) and insists to start piano lessons then I use the Wunderkeys method – an easy and simple way to learn the basic in piano.
At some point and after continuous preparation a child can give the relative examination of the ABRSM (Royal School of Music) for piano and/or theory.

Izzy: You take care of your little students. Musika Akousmata School of music is not only for lessons. It is a place where parents will be able to meet and children to have fun. How do you do this?
N.I. during the group lessons for small children, their parents are also welcome to stay and participate in the activities. This is something very important in my opinion as it brings them together making children feel more comfortable and confident having the support of the parent.
An important point is the concerts we give approximately 2 times a year giving children the chance to feel comfortable to get on stage and perform in front of an audience. Not only that but they also build confidence – an important factor for a musician. Smaller children prepare a short and easy song repertoire to sing either in our school or outside in other events. For the last 3 years for example they sing at the Christmas Village at Galactica.

Izzy: What benefits did you noticed at the children that participate to your lessons? Do you have any wonderful experiences that you would like to share with our readers?
N.I.: Music in general is important in our lives and I dare to say that music is everything and everywhere J. Me as the teacher I enjoy every lesson with every child and during the lesson I try to make my students feel pleasure for what they do and try to transmit them this feeling of love for music. The most important for me is to see my students enjoying the experience and I love to see their proud faces when performing.

Izzy: Musika Akousmata also collaborate with kindergartens. How this collaboration is working?
N.I.: I visit a few kindergartens and I follow a program including singing and listening or moving activities to make an interesting and enjoyable lesson.

Izzy: We know about your special secret, Musika Akousmata choir. It is something that you make out of passion… out of your love for kids. Who can become member of your choir and how?
N.I.: This started as a part of the group lessons for small children. I was amazed by the abilities small children have in singing so I tried to work and develop those abilities by creating a small choir. We work on an easy and enjoyable repertoire and perform where and when we have the chance.


Izzy: Thank you very much Nataly for this fantastic opportunity, to meet you, to meet your little students. A wonderful experience for Kids Fun in Cyprus to discover a teacher with grate passion for their work, as you are. A last request, please share with us a little story, as it is now a custom on our webpage. It was a fantastic pleasure meeting you!
N.I.: During these 4 years I teach at Mousika Akousmata I feel proud and excited to see the satisfaction of a child when practicing or performing. A touching moment that I had and will never forget was 2 years ago. At the end of the final concert we gave one my students came and gave me a card saying: "thank you for what you learnt me". That was a small gesture, but it gave me one of the biggest pleasures I had in my life. I realized that what I try to give is finally given and my small musicians understand and appreciate it.

Lots of sunny days from Izzy the Cypriot lizards!

Musika Akousmata

Lessons schedule: For the group lessons: 
Monday 16:45-17:30 - 3-4 years old
Friday: 16:45 – 17:30 - 6+ years old
For private piano lessons please call for appointment.
Piano Lessons in Greek language or English language
Guitar Lessons and Vocal lessons starting 60 euro per month!
Group lessons in Greek language
Lessons fees: music group lessons 40 euro, piano lesson starting from 50 euro.
Ages: from 3+
Address: Kritis Str. No. 37, Limassol, Cyprus
Contact person: Nataly Irakleous             
Phone no: + 357 96 598 074

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Kids at Work English Nursery - Limassol

Kids at Work English Nursery provides a safe, hygienic environment with fantastic resources and equipment. Caring and nurturing staff ensure that the children feel safe and secure enabling them to gain the confidence needed to learn efficiently.
At Kids at Work we feel that children learn so many skills through arts and crafts therefore arts and crafts are a big focus in all we do.
The Curriculum we follow is based on the British Early Years Foundation Stage. Our restricted class sizes mean more individual attention for your child. We have two classes the first of which is for children aged eighteen months to three and a half years and this class has a maximum of twelve children with a teacher and an assistant in the class. The other class is our Pre-school class which has a maximum of fifteen children with a teacher and an assistant.
We have professional qualified teachers coming into the nursery to teach Gymnastics and Music.
Organised educational trips on buses with seat belts are arranged up to twice a year. These trips are well staffed and organised to ensure the safety of your children.
Each year we organise two performances. All the children perform in a Christmas show in December and the graduating children perform in a Leavers show at the end of May or beginning of June. After the graduation show the children wearing Caps and Gowns are presented with a Diploma and a Plaque.
Once or twice a year we organise Parent/Teacher meetings which give us the opportunity to discuss your child's progress in a more formal session. Reports on your child's progress are given to you during these meetings. In between these meetings if you have any problems or concerns involving your child, time can be made for you to speak to your child's class teacher or the owner.
At Kids at Work we are planning to open a homework club for children aged 4-8 years. We hope this will take off soon.

Starting Age: 18 months

No of kids per class: 12 children in the 18 months -3.5yr class, 15 children in the 3.5-6yr class

Bus service: No

Classes languages: English, we have a Greek teacher if Greek is required.

Meals offered: A hot lunch and afternoon snack for children who stay in the afternoon.

07.30 Work books, arts and crafts (Reading on Monday and Friday)
09.45 Circle time
10.00 Snack time
10.20 Quiet reading
10.30 Free garden play
11.00 Music on Tuesday, Gymnastic on Thursday
12.00 Lunch time
12.30 Story, song or instrument time
13.00 Quiet play, table top activities and drawing
14.00 Home time
14.00 Snack time
14.15 Homework for Homework Club and quiet free play for all other children
15.15 Organised games
16.00 Home time

Younger Class - Daily Routine

08.00 Free play, Workbooks, 1:1 attention
09.45 Circle Song Time
10.00 Bathroom and Breakfast
10.30 Music on Tuesday, Gymnastics on Thursday
11.00  Garden Free Play
11.45 Story/ song/ Musical instruments or music and movement
12.00 Lunch
12.30 Free play, table top activities, drawing. Finish days activities
14.00 Home time
14.00 Snack time
14.15 Quiet free play
15.15 Organised games
16.00 Home time

Working days: Monday- Friday

Morning hours: 7:30-14:00

Afternoon hours: 14:00-16:00

Holidays:  1 week at Easter, 1-2 weeks at Christmas, 2 weeks in August
                   All public holiday

Address: 39 Kritis Street, Kapsalos, 3087, Limassol, Cyprus
Contact person: Juliette Rushton
Phone no: +357 25737335 , +357 99139467
Facebook: Juliette.kidsatwork
Price: 350 Euro (Reduction for Cypriot Nationals)

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