Little Wings Music for Tots
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"Little Wings" Parent-Tot Class (6 week session)

Fun, active music and movement class for kids age 6 months - 4 years with a parent or guardian. Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to move around a lot in class!

We sing, we dance, we play musical games and a good time is generally had by all. The syllabus includes music and games from around the world, including Latin America, Germany, France, the British Isles, Finland, Africa and more. It's a great way to meet other moms (or dads), and little ones love both the class and the CDs that go with them. Each quarter, we use a different selection of music and your class fee includes a book and CD of the music we will use in class, except summer session, where we use my award-winning, professionally produced book and CD, "A Spoonful of Songs", which are available to students at the special price of only $15 for both together, and are available in my store (email me for discount code). Parents consistently tell me my CDs are on repeat in their stereo and that they are the only thing their kiddo wants to listen to in the car.

Research consistently shows that exposing young children to music improves their cognitive, language and musical skills later in life. Babies and toddlers have more connective tissue in their brains, and active musical play actually strengthens their brains' white matter, enabling them to interpret musical tones and rhythms better than you or I probably can. Years of teaching music to young children has shown me that kids can more easily hear tonal and pitch differences than adults, and if they solidify that ability now, it will stay with them for life.

 

 

Little Wings Parent-Tot Class: Free Preview

This is a sample of our regular class, offered free of charge for one day. Tell your friends to come try it out and see how much fun we have! 

Little Wings Parent Tot Class (12 weeks)

Fun, active music and movement class for kids age 6 months - 4 years with a parent or guardian. Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to move around a lot in class!

We sing, we dance, we play musical games and a good time is generally had by all. The syllabus includes music and games from around the world, including Latin America, Germany, France, the British Isles, Finland, Africa and more. It's a great way to meet other moms (or dads), and little ones love both the class and the CDs that go with them. Each quarter, we use a different selection of music and your class fee includes a book and CD of the music we will use in class. Parents consistently tell me my CDs are on repeat in their stereo and that they are the only thing their kiddo wants to listen to in the car.

Research consistently shows that exposing young children to music improves their cognitive, language and musical skills later in life. Babies and toddlers have more connective tissue in their brains, and active musical play actually strengthens their brains' white matter, enabling them to interpret musical tones and rhythms better than you or I probably can. Years of teaching music to young children has shown me that kids can more easily hear tonal and pitch differences than adults, and if they solidify that ability now, it will stay with them for life.

One-Time Demo Class / Drop-In

Try out a class for free! 

 

Big Strings Uke For Grown-Ups, Level 2 (6wk)

Building on "Big Strings, Level I", this class assumes you know some basic chords and strumming patterns. If you've gotten that far, and are looking to challenge yourself a bit more, you're welcome to join us!

Right now we are a fun, relaxed group of ladies working on a few songs together, including Izzie's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and a little Hawaiian tune, "Green Rose Hula", to name a few. In January, we'll keep on jamming on these, and learn a few new songs as well. We welcome newcomers - don't be shy!

 

 

Mythology, Culture & Puppetry (14 wk)

Intended for kids age 6-10. (There may be some wiggle room; by all means reach out if you have a kid who's super interested and just outside the age range.) 

During the 14-week session, we will explore Viking culture in a variety of ways, including reading (both non-fiction and mythology), coloring pages and music. Each student will choose a character from Norse mythology to develop and begin building their puppet, which we will work on gradually over a period of several weeks. If we have time, we may also build props and a set. The class will culminate in a puppet play, performed for parents, in which we bring all the elements together.

This is a drop-off class for three hours. Send kids with a snack. We will take a long break in the middle for unstructured outdoor play in my kid-friendly yard, which has swings, a sandbox and lots of other fun things. 

Want a discount? Parents: If you know how to sew, and can attend class and help out, I'd be happy to negotiate a significant discount on the class price. 

 

Mythology, Culture & Puppetry: 1-Wk, 1/2 Day Camp

Intended for kids age 6-10. (There may be some wiggle room on the age limits; by all means reach out if you have a kid who's super interested and just outside the age range.)

In this week-long workshop, we will study the ancient Norse myth of Thor's Hammer . We will explore Norse culture by working with maps, coloring sheets, learning an ancient Scandinavian song and reading. Each student will choose a character to develop and build puppet. If we have extra time, we may make some clay runestones as well. The class will culminate in a puppet play, performed for parents, in which we bring all the elements together.

This is a drop-off class for three hours. We will take a break in the middle for unstructured outdoor play in my kid-friendly yard, which has swings, a sandbox, and lots of other fun things. Send kids with a snack.

**Parents: I could use some parent volunteers who can stay and help out, in return for reduced tuition. Please contact me if you are interested!**

Ukelele Band

A great opportunity for students to build their ensemble playing skills, boost their confidence and make new friends! We'll build a repertoire of songs and work towards a short concert at the end of the quarter. 

Students currently enrolled in private ukelele lessons may join the band if they can play at least the four basic chords C, Am, F & G. The band will be a small group of 2-6 kids, ages 6-9.

 

Students also have the option to join the "choir" (another small group which will practice immediately after the ukelele band), and they are also invited to stay for lunch and outdoor play in the yard after the conclusion of choir practice. (Lunch is not provided - please bring your own.)

 

 

Choir

We'll learn some fun, seasonal songs from a variety of cultures and perform them for parents and at the local senior center at the quarter's end. This will be a small group of 4-10 students. Choir students are also invited to stay afterwards for lunch and outdoor play, until 1pm. (Lunch is not provided - please bring your own!)

Open to kids ages 5-9. 

Backyard Pottery: 1-Wk, 1/2 Day Camp

  

 

Intended for kids age 6-10. (There may be some wiggle room on the age limits; by all means reach out if you have a kid who's super interested and just outside the age range.)

Starting with some rich clay deposits mined out of my own backyard, we'll sift and clean, shape, squeeze and roll, and build some unique creations which we will dry in my oven and fire in my outdoor chiminea. If we have time, we will decorate them with ceramic paint (or if not, you can do this later, at home). 


This won't be a professional firing as my chiminea does not get hot enough, and the resulting pottery won't hold water. However, it will be fun, educational and a great excuse for spending afternoons in the backyard. 

 

This is a drop-off class for three hours. We will take a break in the middle for unstructured outdoor play in my kid-friendly yard, which has swings, a sandbox, and lots of other fun things. Send kids with a snack.

 

**Parents: I could use some parent volunteers who can stay and help out, in return for reduced tuition. Please contact me if you are interested!**

Musical Merry-Making: 1-Wk 1/2 Day Camp

Intended for kids age 5-9. (There may be some wiggle room on the age limits; by all means reach out if you have a kid who's super interested and just outside the age range.)

In this week-long, mostly outdoor workshop, we will learn some fun songs, practice some basic musical skills such as ear and rhythm training, and learn some traditional children's circle dances from around the world. Each student will also get 10-15 minutes of private instruction on ukelele or singing daily, and we will practice a few easy songs in a "band" format, with some kids singing and some kids playing ukelele or drums.

This is a drop-off class for three hours. We will take a break in the middle for unstructured outdoor play in my kid-friendly yard, which has swings, a sandbox, and lots of other fun things. Send kids with a snack.

**Parents: I need some parent volunteers who can stay and help out, in return for reduced tuition. Please contact me if you are interested!**