I absolutely LOVE doing ongoing preschool classes for myriad reasons, consistency being a huge one. It allows the children to learn the songs over time, which not only brings them joy and musical experience, but also gives them a sense of pride, accomplishment, and togetherness.
Please contact me for rates and availability.
What to expect in preschool music sessions:
During a typical music session with me, kids participate musically by using/playing one or more of the following: voices, bodies, rhythm sticks, shaker eggs, bells, percussion instruments, gathering and small hand drums, play/dance scarves, desk & resonator bells, puppets, a parachute, and whatever other cool objects I happen to get my hands on. Depending on group size and setting we sometimes explore vibrational tones with sacred singing bowls, tingshas, Tibetan bells, and Acutonics tuning forks (kids LOVE exploring sounds and vibrations!). My main go-to set of strings is a tenor ukulele. My music often corresponds with the changing of the seasons, the natural world, time of year, festivities/celebrations, and weather, making the music relevant to what's going on in our surrounding environment. I love to write songs, modify the songs of others, and write music and add lyrics to little snippets I find online.
MUSIC CLASSES AT HAMMER & JACKS
When: Thursdays @ 10:30 (always check here for an updated schedule)
Who: Toddlers/preschool-aged children (but all ages welcome!) and their grownups
How: Click HERE to reserve spots
Why: The key is to make music fun and interactive to set the stage for a life-long love, appreciation, and understanding of music, and that's just what these classes do. You and your littles will leave class feeling more joyful with a spring in your step, I guarantee it! Plus you can support Hammer & Jacks, the best toy store in town, by taking care of all your toy shopping needs before or after class!
Sweet music we be makin',
little booties they be shakin'
BIRTHDAY PARTIES AT MISSISSIPPI PIZZA
I play kids' birthday parties at Mississippi Pizza only. Sets are generally around 45 minutes and are interactive with musical paraphernalia like shaker eggs, dance scarves, frame drums, etc. MP, in my humble opinion, is the BEST birthday party locale in all of Portland. Food, bevvies and the space (for which there is NO RENTAL FEE!) are all taken care of (plus your child and their friends get to dance onstage, and I can be plugged in to the house sound system). It makes for a low-stress, everyone-is-happy event. Click on the Mississippi Pizza link above for specs and booking details.
Current rate: $225
Please contact me for availability.