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2016 Baby and Tots Music Classes

baby music winterNew Class Time Starting February 2016!

We’ll continue our weekly Wednesday gatherings at 10 AM. Please get in touch if you plan to attend as a regular that day. It helps us to keep loose track of numbers so we can maintain intimate classes. Currently, Wednesdays are almost full! But the good news is (especially for those still taking multiple naps), we have a new baby music time starting in February at noon on Thursdays. Join us in Fishtown for some weekly music, ages 0-3 years.

If you haven’t yet stopped by for a class, you can give it a whirl for free your first time. Come, test the waters and make sure its a good fit! These are casual, weekly music classes, where babies as little as 4 months sit in mom’s, dad’s, or caregiver’s, lap while Coco leads the classes on guitar and vocals. For the toddlers, circle games, props, and a variety of musical instruments offer engaging musical exploration. Traditional kids songs become recognizable to weekly kids, allowing them to learn and eventually sing along with our tunes. They also gain a wealth of neighborhood friends! Over the months, new songs are introduced slowly to expand their growing musical ears. Our classes tend to be small, anywhere from 5-10 kids. To keep it this way, we ask that you try to RSVP by emailing coco (especially for our scheduled Saturday music classes), as weekends can get busy in the winter.

Punch Cards, Baby & Tots Music in Fishtown

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Class News, Punch Cards, Schedule for Nov. Music Classes, Saturday Dates.

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The concept for Philly Music Babies has always been to find ways to engage children with music early on. Beyond being a place for toddlers to meet their first friends, music classes are actually developing strong musical ears too! Its becoming more and more well known that music exposure of all kinds for babies (even infants) nurtures language and brain development, circuiting crucial musical foundations like pitch, pattern, and even executive skills. Music aptitude, a child’s musical potential, develops until about the age of 9, and is heavily based on environment. Thus exposure at home, in music classes, and to various styles of music in early childhood all influence an individual’s capacity for music. If you haven’t yet seen it for yourself, group music classes really do have an effect on your child’s brain – they contribute to a whole bunch of positive social and cognitive effects (and they’re fun!).

For those who have been with us for a while now, its been great to watch your children change and grow over the months! The solfege time at the piano that has become a part of your child’s lives and minds is creating powerful musical relationships. Though they may be too little for structured music lessons, they are certainly gaining a musical foundation that will no doubt benefit them in all walks of life.

Those still thinking about music lessons or classes, you can try out a Philly Music Babies class for FREE! Its a great morning outing for kids anywhere from 4 months to 3 years old. Babies and tots will quickly settle into being part of a community. As they start making social connections, they’ll learn a whole lot about themselves and others. Of course, they simply love to hear the “Wheels of the Bus” week after week, month after month, even if it might seem repetitive to us adults.

If you’re past the music class age and don’t know what to do, don’t fret! Many teachers feel there are benefits to waiting for private lessons until children are about 4 years old. So if you think you’re somewhere in between, just keep on singing! They’ll get there soon.

 

Upcoming Classes:

This coming weekend there is a Halloween class! Most of you have reserved your spot in the 10 AM. If you want to attend, please get in touch. There is also an 11 AM class for weekday makeups, newcomers, and old friends. Looking forward to seeing all the costumes!

Additionally, there will be some special events happening near our space at 2111 East Susquehanna Ave (Philly Music Lessons). By My Side is having theirfirst annual Fall Festival in the NKCDC Garden from 12-4 on Halloween. Be sure to stop by and see whats happening. Jacelyn Blank will be hosting a children’s book reading during the event around 2 (I’ll be contributing some complementary guitar sounds and songs for the story hour).

New Musical Props:
In addition to our regular circle activties, you can look out for some new solfege props (do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do) in November. We’ve been doing the C major scale on the piano at the end of every class, and some little guys have really started to sing along! We’ll be incorporating some music bean bags to explore basic melodies, and using our solfege words and new body signs, we’ll reinforce musical relationships.

New! Punch Cards are Here.

Punch card packages, $15 Drop In, Free First Time

Join us in Fishtown for weekly music classes! To start out, try a class for free. Then, you can either attend as a drop in for $15, or purchase a punch card.

November Schedule:
Wednesdays 10 AM and 11:30 AM

Saturdays in November:
14th, 21st @ 10 AM

2 Punch Cards Options:

  • Baby Music Lover 5 Classes for $50
  • Mega-Fan 12 Classes for $100

2 kiddos? Second child is half-off (Free under 6 months!)

Buy a Punch Card Now!

Punch Card Details:
Having a sweet spot of around 8-10 kids per class has enabled us to have intimate, engaging classes. It has also allowed me to guarantee fairly stable class sizes and helps people meet up with their regular music class friends. That said, moving from a month-to-month sign up to a punch card system is a little bit scary! But I’m hoping we can make it work. Here’s how:

When you purchase a punch card of 8 classes or more at $10/class, you’ll still “sign up” for a time and day, but this will be very flexible (honor code based). Of course, if you ever need to come to an alternate day or time due to an appointment, nap issue, or anything else, by all means, do not hesitate to do so! Again, this is just to be sure we have some idea of class sizes and so people can get to know each other over the weeks.

With the new punch cards, there will be no makeups, as you can miss class when you need to! However, you’ll get bonus points if you attend all of your classes in any month (1 free class/month of awesome attendance).

If you have credits leftover (makeups from your monthly sign ups), they will be applied towards your punch card, or you can still feel free to use them as is (on Saturdays or by dropping into any class that is available). From now on, you’ll know exactly how many classes you have left by looking at your card. The card can be kept safely at class, or you can take it with you. Payments can be made with me during class (square reader or cash with email receipt). And if you’d like to go the super easy route, I can send you an invoice for your punch card, and you can pay ahead online. Your physical punch card an be picked up at class or stored at our space at 2111 East Susquehanna Ave. Drop-ins can continue to pay cash with our drop-in envelopes.

We’ll be keeping an eye on class size (especially weekends), and will open alternative time slots if necessary. We hope you’ll join us!

Happy Music-making!
Claire, “Coco”

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Philly Music Babies
Philly Music Lessons

Music classes for babies and kids in the Fishtown, Northern Liberties, East Kensington, Port Richmond Area. Private Lessons for all ages throughout Philly and the Main Line – guitar, violin, cello, piano, drums, bass, ukulele, and more!

Keep Your Mind Sharp with Music

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“Music enhances the process of learning. The systems it nourishes, which include our integrated sensory, attention, cognitive, emotional and motor capacities, are shown to be the driving forces behind all other learning.”

— From Empathy, Arts and Social Studies, 2000; Konrad, R.R.

Music has been proven to have powerful effects on the mind and body, improving our senses and abilities in many ways.  Tuning into certain songs can influence a surrounding environment by creating a sense of calm, motivation, or positive mood.  Songs with higher frequencies can be energizing to those experiencing low energy levels and can increase overall productivity.  Studies have shown that listening to music can raise serotonin levels while lowering levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, which results in higher immune functioning and lower levels of depression.  A particular study in the Journal of Advanced Nursing describes how patients suffering with chronic pain showed better physical and psychological symptoms when they listened to music for an hour each day of the week, verses patients who weren’t exposed to music.

Some other benefits include increased memory capacity, creativity, and ability to focus.  Musical training at a young age has the potential to change brain functionality and structure when practiced over a long period of time.  It strengthens the regions of the brain involving language skills and executive function.  Researchers have found that in those who began taking music lessons before age 7, the volume of brain regions related to hearing and self-awareness tend to be larger.  This hints that early musical training could potentially be used as a therapeutic tool.  It gets the creative juices flowing as well, as a study in the Journal of Consumer Research suggests.  This study demonstrated that moderate levels of ambient noise improved creativity by increasing processing difficulty, thus engaging the abstract processing sectors of the brain.  This encourages individuals to tap into the so called “zone” or flow state that leads to more creative ideas.

Learning a new instrument maximizes cognitive function and memory retention by utilizing both hemispheres of the brain simultaneously, while physically developing fine motor skills and sharpening auditory perception.  When children learn to play an instrument, their multi-sensory processing skills improve, sharpening their ability to hear sounds otherwise undetected. This encourages “neurophysiological distinction” between certain sounds that can aid in literacy, translating into better academic results.  A peer reviewed academic journal, PLOS ONE, reports that children who have had three or more years in musical instrument training performed better in auditory discrimination tests and fine motor skills than those who didn’t learn an instrument.  These children also performed better on vocabulary tests and in assessments involving visual analysis.  Music is a terrific opportunity for children to express themselves creatively while picking up a new skill. It could be much more than this though, according to researchers, who suggest that musical training could also serve to hone their mental energies.

“Music does something beyond our understanding. We can call it an endorphin release or a distraction, but it goes much deeper than that. Somehow music just does us good. And the good it does was just proven to be better.”

~ Michael Huckabee, professor and director of the University of Nebraska Medical Center Division of Physician Assistant Education

September Music Classes

September 2015 – New Sign Ups, Saturday Dates, & Schedule Updates, CLASS THIS WEEKEND! 10 AM Aug. 29th

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September 2015 Baby & Tots Music Classes

Class News, Dates, Sign-Ups for New Students, & Sat Aug 29th @ 10 AM Reminder

Hello! Next week begins our September series. Sign up now for a new month of weekly classes at $10/class – $50 for September ($20 for the weekend pass). If you’re looking for an occasional visit, you can always email with interest and drop-in for $15(limited space, so please check in advance by emailing here!). In the meantime, don’t forget to stop by and try your first Fishtown music class FREE! There happens to be one this Saturday at 10 AM (August 29th). Please give me a heads up if you’d like to join us this weekend.

Here is a list of September’s class dates and times:

This month, there is a class every week – if you miss any, join us on select Saturdays for makeups! If you have any questions about missing classes, please feel free to get in touch. We aim to be as flexible as possible with all types of schedules. Weekday makeups are currently on SATURDAYS or either of the Wednesday times (makeups remain valid throughout the year). Keep track of dates and schedule changes on our calendar.

Wednesdays at 10 & 11:30 AM, (0-3 years)
September 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23th, 30th

Saturdays at 10 AM (0 and up)
September12th, 19th

3 Year Olds at 11AM on Select Saturdays in October:
We’re looking to start a new Saturday class in October for 3 year olds. The Saturday 10 AM class is open to all babies and kids (a few months old and up – we’re flexible with ages and welcome older siblings anytime). However, a number of our little guys would like to continue building upon some of our songs and activities with a little more musical teaching. We have a few more spaces to fill before it becomes official! Please EMAIL if you’d like to add your name for October (Limited to 8 kids).

Weekday Evening Music?:
Some people have been looking for a later evening class for babies and their families to get to sing music after work hours. I’d love to offer this if there is enough interest, so please let me know.

Thanks for singing with us throughout the summer! Looking forward to getting to know all the new babies and toddlers from the neighborhood this Fall.

Happy Music-making!
Claire, “Coco”

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Philly Music Lessons
Music classes for babies and kids in the Fishtown, Northern Liberties, East Kensington, Port Richmond Area. Private Lessons for all ages throughout Philly and the Main Line – guitar, violin, cello, piano, drums, bass, ukulele, and more! 

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OTHER NEWS: 

Drop-in Payments
(in person with our handy-dandy drop-box & DROP IN envelopes, or pay with a card):

Attention! We have a new, easy drop-in system! If you are dropping in, you can pay your $15 rate at the beginning or end of class. Because I’m often doling out stickers or otherwise busy with the bubs, I have created some new DROP-IN ENVELOPES for you to leave payment in our cash drop-box. Just fill out the envelope info, insert your exact payment (in cash), and drop your payment into the slot. Our payment drop-box is on the wall by the bathroom. Cards will also now be accepted through our reader, in-person, with me, Coco if you don’t mind the wait!

Sign up Payments
(in person, cash or check, with SIGN UP envelope or online via your emailed invoice):

If you are signing up for the month, we prefer payments online once your spot has been confirmed via email (please email phillymusicbabies@gmail.com with sign up requests). We love this method, as your payment registers directly into our system, which tracks attendance, makeup credits and payments in one place. If you would like to pay in person, you can also fill out a sign up form at class, and we can manually input this as well. Free floatin’ cash will not be accepted!