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Music class for toddlers near Lake Merrit?
Can anyone recommend a good music class for my 2 year old and I near Lake Merritt? (we
have tried Music Together, but are looking for something else).
Thanks! curious mama
Try Viola's Notes. Her classes are fantastic. She brings in music from all over
the world, is a dynamic teacher and children LOVE her. She is also passionate
about kids and music and it shows in her classses. My kids adore her!
Seeking music class for 21 mos old
I'm looking for a good music class for my 21 mos old boy who has a
great sense of rhythm. We've already done several sessions with the
Music Together program and enjoyed it, but have become a little bored
It can be quite repetitive and lacks a variety of instruments. Can
recommend something that's not Music Together? We live in the
Temescal neighborhood of Oakland.
Check them out on yelp. Anon
Our fabulous piano/voice teacher is teaching a new baby program called Simply
Music Rhapsody . She is just getting started and is offering some free trial
classes in August. Kristin Fairfield , email@example.com, 510 484-6932
Have you heard of Simply Music? My kids take piano from a wonderful teacher,
Kristin Fairfield, in Oakland and she is just beginning to teach baby and toddler
music (not piano) classes. It sounds like just what you are looking for. She is
having free preview classes coming up so this would be a great way to check it
Also recommended: Jon's School of Music
Music class for 10-month old in North Berkeley?
I have heard good things about Music Together, but it would be great to find
a place that is closer to my home in North Berkeley. Thanks for any
East Bay Music Together offers classes at the Crowden Center for Music
in the Community at 1475 Rose at Sacramento 7 days a week. We are also
at Live Oak Rec. Center on Thursday and Friday mornings in addition to
our other East Bay locations.
Contact us at (510) 848 SING or firstname.lastname@example.org for more
You are welcome to come in for a trial class, or top set up a demo class
for your Moms' or Play group
East Bay Music Together classes begin January 9. We have offered mixed
age classes as well as classes for babies under 8 months and created
musical communities throughout the East Bay for over 25,000 families
over 15 years. Please visit our website at www.eastbaymusictogether.com
to find out more about about the fun in our research based,
developmental award winning program.
Songs, Dance, instrument play, finger games. Each family receives a CD
set, Song book, Musical Growth Chart, and Parent Guide DVD describing
children's musical development.
Bay Area Parent Mag HALL OF FAME Family Favorite '01-'11
Best Music Cls: Oakland Mags, Parent's Press '11, Lamorinda Moms
I have a 10 month old also and have been trying to find a MT alternative
as well. I decided to take matters into my own hands and create my own
class led by my friend and former blue bear school of music teacher,
essence. We live in Kensington and are looking for a total of 6
babies/toddlers for a monday at 10:30 class. Please let me know if
you're interested. Wendy
There is a Music I class on Fridays at 9:30 at Gymboree Play & Music in
El Cerrito Plaza. Your first class is free. If you were to enroll in
the class, you'd pay the monthly fees which would give you access to the
music class plus 3 open gyms. We are located in El Cerrito Plaza
upstairs on the mezannine level. There is an elevator in the breezeway
between Trader Joes and GNC. Take that up to the 2nd floor and come
around to the right to Suite 704. This month the focus is classical
Jingle Jamboree Music has a baby music class on Fridays at 2:30 pm
beginning January 6, 2012. The studio is located in Albany which is
not far from N. Berkeley. The class is almost full, so please take a
look at my blog for open spaces: jinglejamboree.blogspot.com and take
a look at the web site jinglejamboree.com Classes are offered using
the KodC!ly method which is a sequential method for learning music
through 10 years of age. If you email me, I can send you more
information. Free previews may be available as well. Good luck with
your search and I am so glad you are looking for music opportunities
for your baby. ---Jingle Jeff
Jeffrey Luna-Sparks email@example.com
I've heard great things about Jon's School of Music - for
kids starting at age 1 and up to age 7. http://www.jsom.com/
The location is in Berkeley - 1790 Shattuck at Delaware. I
have friends who take their sons and they love it. Hoping to
enroll my 15 month old starting in January. Have fun!
My name is Jon Merker, and I have a program called Jon's
School of Music. I've been teaching music to children for 16
years, and am very lucky to have received great reviews on
this site!!! I'm interested in starting a free or very
cheap class for babies in the form of a parent/baby choir. I love
leading groups that love to sing, and I love the
babies! If we could get a group of motivated-to-sing
parents, we could get together on a Monday, Thursday or
Friday at around 12 or 1 at the Firehouse Art Gallery at
1790 Shattuck (at Delaware) and sing and dance up a storm.
If anyone is interested in getting this going, please send
me an email with the subject ''Baby Choir''. It's just an
idea at this point, I'm hoping we can make it happen!
PS: I do take kids as young as months in my 1 - 2.5 year old
class. They get to play drum set, keyboard, electric and
acoustic guitar, upright bass, xylophone, accordion, tabla,
gong, bells, flutes, and much more. You're welcome to have
a free preview to see if it works for you! Mon, Thurs, Fri
9:45 classes and a Sunday 9:30 have space for a preview the
first week in January if you like!
Jon Merker firstname.lastname@example.org
Music or other groups for babies?
I am looking for a music class or some other type of group for my
6-month old to attend with her nanny. Nothing fancy, just a chance for
her to interact with other babies and a little change from the home
routine. Something in the North Berkeley-Albany-El Cerrito area would
The Albany Library on Marin Ave. has Family Singalong every Wednesday
afternoon at 4:30. It's free and well-attended by babies, toddlers, and their
Gift ideas for almost 2 year old who loves music
A friend of ours is turning two years old in December. He
has lots of play musical instrument and loves Music
Together. Any ideas for a good gift - something musical
ideally. Thank you in search of a good gift
That 2 y/o might love a harmonica. They make great gifts for
kids of all ages. However it is played, it sounds good - no
wrong notes. And it doesn't grate on parents & others nerves
the way many kid-marketed instruments can. blow that thing!
There are some great kids CDs out there now, with music that
all ages can enjoy. Two big recommendations: 1) Putomayo
'Playground' series of world music. Our favorites are
'French Playground,' 'Animal Playground' and 'African
Playground' but they are all great. 2) Laurie Berkner is a
wonderful singer song-writer for kids -- all her CDs are
great, and 1 or 2 of them have videos too. My daughter also
enjoys the Wiggles (from the kids' show) and Sesame Street
CDs-- once again, well-done music even parents can listen
to. Music Gal
Can anyone recommend a music class for toddlers? I am particularly interested in
African/Asian drumming as that is something we can practice at home but other
instruments would be great too. My son is turning two. We've done Music Together but
are interested in his playing instruments at this stage. Thank You.
You must check out Jon's School of Music. It is the perfect
music class for a toddler
who wants to play real instruments, especially drums. Jon is a
fantastic drummer, and
there lots of opportunities in class to play all kinds of drums
and multiple drum sets.
My children were students of Jon's for years, and they had so,
so much fun with him
and learned so much about the basics of music, including drum
and keyboard skills.
You can find him on the web at www.jsom.com. He teaches in
Berkeley on Mondays
Our now 3 year old has been going to ''Jon's School of Music''
for a little over a year,
once a week. He loves drumming. The kids are introduced and use
real instruments. I
know that Jon also teaches private lessons but not until kids
are old enough (maybe 4
or 5). This is not only for drumming, many other instruments as
well. But, he works
with rhythm and the kids and parents have so much fun. Our son
comes home dancing
and drumming and talking about different instruments.
This is Jon's website: http://www.jsom.com/
Here is his e-mail: email@example.com
I would highly recommend Jon's School of Music (jsom.com) if you're
looking for a toddler class with lots of instruments. My son
is now four has done Jon's classes for about two years and
loved it. We tried other music classes but mainly found the
kind of insipid and there was definitely a lack of instruments
besides tambourines and shakers. Jon has a trombone, cello,
trumpet, keyboard, full drum set and lots of other instruments.
He's quirky and kind of a kid himself which I think is why my
has loved the class so much.
Try Jon's School of Music (www.jsom.com) in Berkeley. Jon
offers really creative music classes that draw kids in to the
fun and give them hands-on experience with drums, keyboard,
guitar, and more every week. My 2 year old loves it.
Our boys (ages 3 1/2 and 22 months) really enjoy the classes in
Berkeley at Jon's School of Music and we've been doing the
classes for over a year now. The kids get exposed to a variety
of instruments as well as musical theory. Jon offers a class
trial for new families so check it out! www.jsom.com
I highly recommend Jon's School of Music to anyone who wants to
give their child a real musical opportunity. Jon is funny,
inventive and his method is very smart. There is a lot of
drumming. Most special is when the class forms a band. They
real instruments and the drummer, who calls the tune, is on an
authentic trap set. My granddaughter, who is almost four, loves
it. You can see more about Jon's School of Music on his site:
Jon's School of Music. Just finished a hilarious evening with
my 4 yo daughter and 3 yo son who have been attending Jon's
music classes. They were dancing around singing to his CD,
playing the drums and guitar. Amazes me what bits of music
theory they pick up from such a playful setting. Jon teaches
from a house in Berkeley on Mondays and Thursdays. In his
silly class, children get to play different instruments in the
group setting in a relaxed, fun manner...with teaching going on
(somewhat subconsciously) constantly. Check it out at
jsom.com. By the way, he has 2 drum sets that the kids just
LOVE to play!
Jon's School of Music in Berkeley is really spectacular and
highly recommend it. Rather than learning one instrument,
children play lots of instruments and are exposed to the
principles of music as well as group dynamics. Through
playful approach, children learn rhythm, harmony, melody,
dynamics, tempo, and more. In addition they have the
opportunity to play real instruments and experience what
like to play a cello, trombone, guitar, drums, keyboard,
shakers, etc. Children sing, dance and laugh throughout the
class as Jon challenges them to grow musically.
I've looked in the archives, and the only places I've seen that
offer family/infant music classes are Music Together and
Nanci's (in Piedmont). They both sound great, but they're so
expensive! It averages out to $20/class!! Good grief! I can
take an hour/long adult class for half that amount. I know
there are materials, too, but it just seems like so much money
for a 1/2 hour class (esp when we might need to miss sometimes
when his nap schedule is off, for example). Does anyone know of
any less expensive places to expose my young toddler to music,
rhythm & movement? Resources to use at home would be helpful,
but I think it would be a lot more fun for us both to be in a
situation with other children. My baby is pretty social. Would
appreciate suggestions. Thanks!
Jon's School of Music is fabulous. He teaches kids age 1 to 6, and is
especially good with toddlers. He is very lively/silly and uses very
developmentally appropriate and creative methods for teaching the kids the
basics of music, including ''playing'' (i.e., playing with) a large variety
of instruments. My kids LOVE him, and I am amazed at what they have
learned. Now, he is not as cheap as you may like ($18 per class), but
classes last almost an hour, so it seems worth it to me. Jon teaches in
Berkeley on Mondays and Thursdays. You can get more information at
Check through your local Parks & Rec for classes that may be a good fit for you.
Hayward Area Recreation & Park District and City of San Leandro offer an array of
great music classes.
Hi - my little girl (2.5y/o) loves music and singing. I'd like suggestions for where
we could get together and sing with other little kids on a regular basis.
Your music loving toddler would love Jeff @
Jingle Jamboree. My toddler and I have been
going to his classes for a year now. Jeff is amazing with the kids. The class is so
much fun. My daughter looks forward to it every week. His website is
www.jinglejamboree.com. A new session begins the week of April 17th. Check the website
for the schedule and pricing.
I am looking for a music class for my 16.5 month son that starts
in the fall, when he will be 18 months old. We take him to
Gymboree on Saturdays, and actually are considering Golden Bear
Gymanstics in the fall instead, so that leaves us evenings or
Sundays for squeezing in a music class. Evenings being a 6 pm
class. Does anybody have any recommendations or suggestions?
We just signed up for the East Bay Music Together
for the summer (Session is July 5 - August 29), and were very
happy with our free trial visit a few weeks ago. As of 7/6 they
still had two classes accepting registraiton for Sunday
mornings, but I don't believe they offer evening classes. Their
website is www.eastbaymusictogether.com and you can easily view
classes by location or by schedule.
- Singing on Sundays
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