Music Box Oxford
Music Box Oxford

Musicianship classes for 3-8 year olds

Music Box Oxford

When children reach the age of about 3, they are ready move to a Tinder Box class where, once settled, they attend classes on their own.

The children now follow an integrated syllabus designed to give them a grounding in general musicianship. This has been developed by professional musicians over several years. It has been divided into 4 levels, each one lasting a year, and is based on principles established by Zoltan Kodaly and Emile Dalcroze.

Levels 1 – 3 is where we build the core skills. We see Level 4 as a transition to Vox Box, Beat Box and learning an instrument. It is where we put our musicianship skills into practice! This includes:

  • Playing tuned percussion in pieces we learn, improvise and compose together
  • Taking part in ensemble playing
  • Opportunities for performing in Music Box concerts

On completion of all 4 Levels, children will be able to:

  • Sing in tune over the full range of their voice
  • Maintain pulse, regardless of speed
  • Recognise, name and notate a range of rhythms
  • Understand the concepts of reading and writing pitch
  • Understand that music is an important means of expression

Children older than 3 are also welcome to join the programme, and will start at the level most appropriate for their age.

Music Box Oxford

What: Levels 1 – 4 for children rising 3 – 8 years old

Where: Cutteslowe Primary School, Wren Road, OX2 7SX

When: 9.30 – 11.15am on Saturday mornings

Cost: £8.50 per class, paid termly in advance (3-week trial available costing £25.50)

Teachers: Noel Rainbird (Levels 1 – 3) and Emma Lowe (Level 4.)


What: Level 1 only, for children rising 3

Where: North Oxford Community Centre in Summertown

When: 10.40 – 11.25am on Friday mornings

Cost: £8 per class, paid termly in advance (3-week trial available costing £24)

Teachers: Kate Goldsmith and Hannah Rhodes (Level 1 only)


'Music Box is the best music class in Oxford (having tried most of them). It teaches the children (and the adults!) the fundamental of music; rhythms, pulse, pitch, and so on. Noel is a dedicated professional musician, extremely qualified, terribly kind and super fun! Elodie, Georges and Henri have followed nearly all of the stages (Baby class to Level 4) and we feel they are more than ready to learn an instrument and we know for sure they will thrive at it because of the natural ability they have developed with Music Box and Noel!'

'If you want someone who is super-bright to challenge your child, then Noel is just the right guide; yet, if you want someone who is caring, calm and wonderfully good humoured, then she is just the person to trust. We've seen her inspire naturally gifted children towards their musical talents, and we have watched our own kids develop a profound love of music since they both met her at six months old, thanks largely to her kindness, encouragement and superlative understanding of how children learn this most complex of disciplines.'