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02/20/2018

LEARNING ABOUT RHYTHM IS EVERYTHING AT LADYBUG MUSIC!

We have been thinking about rhythm this week!

From our mother’s heartbeat in the womb, to the rhythm of our feet, the rain,
& our languages, rhythm is a fundamental element of how we experience our world.

Although it is innate within us, exposure is key to cultivating rhythmic skills
which are important, not just for future musical endeavors, but for creating
critical connections in the brain associated with speech, as well as a more
“global effect on cognitive skills”. Studies have shown that there is a short
window in infancy, during which it is much easier to acquire these skills.
Rhythm is a big focus in Ladybug Music classes and something that easily
translates outside of the classroom.

Here are some things you can do at home
to encourage rhythmic literacy in your little ones:

  • Dance with your babies held close to your body. They will feel the
    rhythm through your own swaying.
  • Lightly keep the beat by tapping on your child’s bodies. This can
    be done while gently rocking your little one, or by playfully tapping
    out rhythms as a sort of game (toddlers in particular love this). “On
    your toes! On your shoulder! On your head!”
  • Introduce music with ‘odd’ time signatures. If you turn on the radio
    (do people still do that?) chances are, the song playing will be in 4/4 –
    The majority of western music is written in 4/4 time. So actively seek
    out songs in 7/8 or 5/4… music from other cultures is a great place to
    start, but you can find songs by pop bands like Pink Floyd in 7/8,  Radiohead in 5/4, and, of
    course Ladybug Music in 7/8 (among many others) that you can both enjoy
    listening to.
  • Keep a variety of percussion instruments. Percussion instruments
    have such variety in their shapes, sounds, and methods of playing.
    Egg shakers, rhythm sticks, tambourines, & castanets, can all be found
    inexpensively. Put on some music, break out the instruments, and
    have a jam right at home.
  • Practice small movement songs. Small movement songs are great,
    not only for coordination and fine motor skills, but also for
    experiencing rhythm through movements.

Have fun!
Ladybug Music

12/06/2017

FREE December class + Clothing Drive!

Free classes + clothing drive 🙂 Come celebrate the holidays with a special, holiday-themed Ladybug Music class. I’ll have drawings for CDs and discounts for classes. ‘Tis the season to give back, so I’m partnering with We Are Tadem. It’s a non-profit organization that helps women (and their children) in crisis. I’m hoping attendees could donate 1 (or more) used children’s clothing (size newborn to kid’s 6). I’ll be teaching some classes for them, so I’d take the donations to them the following week 🙂
12/06/2017

FREE DECEMBER CLASS + CLOTHING DRIVE

Free classes + clothing drive 🙂 Come celebrate the holidays with a special, holiday-themed Ladybug Music class. I’ll have drawings for CDs and discounts for classes. ‘Tis the season to give back, so I’m partnering with We Are Tadem. It’s a non-profit organization that helps women (and their children) in crisis. I’m hoping attendees could donate 1 (or more) used children’s clothing (size newborn to kid’s 6). I’ll be teaching some classes for them, so I’d take the donations to them the following week 🙂 This is a great opportunity to teach our little wants about the true meaning of Christmas and to learn empathy, so let’s clean out our closets and donate those items we’ve outgrown 🙂
11/07/2017

BLOBFISH!

Bringing you another, “Wait, that’s REAL?” moment, we give you the BLOBFISH. Not just a favorite Ladybug Music song among the kids, but a real fish from the deep seas of Australia. Handsome, too. 

09/08/2017

Is my baby too young for a music class?

Well…is your baby too young to listen to you speak? Of course not! As parents, we know that talking to our babies is vital in helping their brian grow. Research has shown that talking with children in the first 3 years of life builds the brain architecture that will be needed later to support reading and thinking skills.

Singing to your babies is just as important as reading to them.  A parent fine-tunes their voice to their baby’s needs. When your baby is cheerful, we sing in an upbeat voice. When a baby is fretful, we sing in a soothing manner. Since babies can’t really regulate their own moods in the early months of life, a parent’s singing plays a vital role. Songs comfort your baby; they help them feel safe in the world.

Infants and Music. Infants recognize the melody of a song long before they understand the words. They often try to mimic sounds and start moving to the music as soon as they are physically able. They will enjoy this class as they try and mimic you or the older kids in class.  Once they are able, they’ll begin rocking to the beat and clapping to the rhythm. It will be adorable!

Toddlers and Music. Toddlers love to dance and move to music. The key to toddler music is the repetition of songs, which encourages the use of words and memorization. Silly songs make them laugh!

Preschoolers and Music. Preschoolers enjoy singing just to be singing. They aren’t self-conscious about their ability and most are eager to let their voices roar. They like songs that repeat words and melodies, use rhythms with a definite beat, and ask them to do things. Preschool children enjoy nursery rhymes and songs about familiar things like toys, animals, play activities, and people. They also like finger plays and nonsense rhymes with or without musical accompaniment.

So…keep playing those LADYBUG MUSIC CDs. And sing to your child. Dance with your child. Make up silly rhymes and songs.  Incorporate music into your everyday life as often as you can. Not because it will make your child a brilliant mathematician, but because it’s another enjoyable experience that nurtures them — and your relationship 🙂

08/25/2017

VOILA! Finger play

Keeping lil’ one’s smiling doesn’t require anything more than a few simple hand moves and some great tunes. Yesterday, I drove from Maple Grove to Como Zoo during rush hour…my little ones were not feeling it, so I put on Keira’s fav- “Mt Roraima.” VOILA! The power of finger play!

WATCH “Mt Roraima” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZrCx2l32Lw

08/08/2017

FALL REGISTRATION OPEN!

Our 10- week Fall Session runs from  

Mon., Sept. 18th to Sat., Dec. 2nd.

(no classes Thanksgiving week)

 

It’s hard to believe that FALL is right around the corner. We know how much effort it takes to put a family schedule together, and that many of you are looking ahead. So before the back-to-school craziness begins, register today for fall classes, and ensure that special time singing, laughing, and dancing with your little one is a priority!
FYI It’s not too late to join us for the rest of summer! There are still 4 weeks to boogie down with us.   

REGISTER HERE