Established in 1976, Gymboree Play & Music operates in over 40 countries. It was founded by a Californian mother, Joan Barnes, who wanted to be able to play with her children in a safe, age-appropriate environment. ‘Then as now, the key elements of the philosophy are that parents stay and get involved and that children best learn new skills when they’re having fun,’ explains Aaron.
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Toby Walker started learning the violin aged five and Charlotte Clemson at three. Both are proud ‘Suzuki kids’ – they followed the teaching philosophy of Dr Shinichi Suzuki – and they have now opened a Suzuki school at the Rocks Lane Multi-Sports Centre in Chiswick.
Dr Suzuki developed a unique method that enables children to play to their best ability while absorbing key life skills at the same time. ‘Children start young (three-plus) when skills are easily mastered and they learn in a natural way by listening and repeating,’ explains Toby. ‘Lessons are on a one-to-one and group basis; making music is about communicating, so playing socially from the beginning is vital.’