Are you looking for a developmentally appropriate, innovative, and just plain fun way to learn about music with your kids? Then I have the place for you: Bucktown Music.
Bucktown Music, a family owned small business, prides itself on introducing children as young as babies and as mature as adults to the power of music. What makes Bucktown Music so special? Its mission is to encourage the love of music through stellar education for students of all ages. And with the owners being busy parents themselves, they have a very flexible and accommodating schedule so the last thing you need to worry about is missing a music class.
Bucktown Music utilizes the research based and highly rated Kindermusik music program for teaching its littlest musicians. This music and movement program has a child centered approach that evolves with every theme, so that your child can grow along with the program from birth all the way to 5 years old. The program considers all aspects of musical development, and during our free trial class I was impressed with the social, cognitive, and language foundations that were being created within the budding musicians.
As a busy mom of two young boys, it is always a challenge for me to find a class where I can take both of my boys (aged 2 and 3.5) and have the instruction be stimulating and engaging for both of them. Thankfully I came across the unique “Mixed Age Wiggle and Grow” class, which was a perfect fit for us.
From the moment we walked into the classroom, my boys were excited about the instruments, the varied music, the innovative technology, the silly physical activities, and the interactive storybook reading. I was thrilled with the fact that they were being introduced to vocabulary that I don’t typically use with them at home (which then equipped me to be a more musically focused parent at home) and were able to be their silly and wiggly selves in a safe and nurturing environment, all while indirectly and directly studying music.
From the sensory stimulation activities to the instrument exploration and vocal play, clear musical concepts were explained in a way that even the youngest learner could understand and the video clips and dancing simply reinforced the focus of the lesson in such a fun way that the 45 minutes flew by.
My boys were pretty bummed when class was over, but thankfully I learned some new techniques to use when playing music at home to help develop my boys’ singing voice and “ear” development. When you commit to a Kindermusik session, each student receives a thematic album along with activities and materials to use to study music at home.
Be sure to check out their website for class descriptions and schedules, keeping in mind that the best deal is to sign up for the unlimited package, and take advantage of discounted sibling rates as well!
- 0-1 years Cuddle and Bounce
- 1-2 years Sing and Play
- 2-3 years Wiggle and Grow
- 0-5 years Mixed Age Wiggle and Grow
- 3-5 years Instrument Exploration
Bucktown Music provides programming not just in their location, but also in schools, daycares and play spaces. They also provide private lessons, all through professional and experienced teachers with music degrees, using an established, high quality curriculum.
For those students who have graduated from the Kindermusik program, they have the opportunity to study instrumental techniques and theory with the support of a caring adult through an innovative Piano Partners program. The goal of this structure is so that the adult becomes proficient with the instrument so that the learning can continue at home.
There are also private lessons available for just about every instrument you can think of, as well as group classes for kids.
- Singing Sensations (ages 6-10)
- Fiddlin’ Around (ages 8-12)
- Strummin’ Ukes (ages 8-12)
- Rockin’ Guitars (ages 9-13)
Adult guitar lessons are also provided, so be sure to look into those for yourself…the kids shouldn’t be the ones who have ALL the fun, right?!?
“At Bucktown Music, our mission is to inspire students of all ages and abilities to love music by providing the very best music education for students and families. A good beginning never ends!”
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