What is RockaBilbies?
Music class for babies, toddlers and preschoolers in Melbourne. Classes currently in Tecoma. Read on to find out more, be sure to check out the blog for updates and also click on ‘Listen to songs’ under the blog categories to hear some of the music we will be using in class.
As a new mum, Kristy Lewis, the founder of RockaBilbies recognised the need for a music class with a difference. RockaBilbies is for babies through to 5 years olds and is based around her own original and engaging songs creating a unique environment that can be enjoyed by the parent or carer just as much as the child.
RockaBilbies also includes a mixture of movement, drama, games, percussion, puppets and storytelling in order to teach musical concepts, build confidence, spark creativity and most of all have fun and develop a love for music. Other valuable skills learnt include listening, taking turns and following directions.
Kristy plays the guitar and sings songs about letters, numbers, animals, songs for early learning development and songs just for fun. Spontaneous dancing is welcomed and children can participate in their own way and in their own time. The classes are mixed-age for families, thus catering for different abilities and providing an opportunity for younger children to learn from the older ones.
Kristy, an experienced live performer, began song writing and performing in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2001, Kristy moved from her hometown Perth Western Australia to Melbourne to pursue her original music ambition. Kristy performed solo until forming Kristy Lewis and The Wretched in 2006. The band went on to play many shows both locally and nationally and supported the likes of Tim Rogers and Tex Perkins amongst others. They went on to release their first album “The Stampede” in 2008. In 2009 Kristy became a mum and this change in her life inspired her to write music for children.
TEACHING QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Kristy completed a double degree In Theatre Arts and Social Sciences and a Post Graduate in Education. She is an experienced primary school teacher, having taught as a classroom teacher and a music and drama specialist. One of the joys of teaching music at school for Kristy was seeing her students enjoy her own compositions.