folk and roots music classes for babies, toddlers, "big kids" AND their grown-ups
WINTER SESSION: January 9 - April 1
SPRING SESSION: April 24 - June 17
Please be sure to read our class and studio policies.
STARTING APRIL 24: MASKS WILL BE OPTIONAL FOR ALL (subject to change at teacher's discretion*).
Please do not attend class if sick.
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The Little Roots Family Class is an enriching and engaging community music experience for the young child and their grown-up(s). This is your little one’s introduction to the joy of music. As longtime professional musicians, Little Roots founders, Annie Stevenson and Maggie Shar, recognize the value of quality live music for people of all ages. Maggie and Annie select and write songs rooted in a variety of folk music traditions. The repertoire is fun and accessible, including elements of storytelling and exposure to various instruments. Children will enjoy group singing with guitar, banjo, or ukulele to accompany, hand and stick drumming, bells, movement, dance, and more! Classes are 35-40 minutes long, and take place at the Little Roots Studio in one of our two indoor studio rooms or outdoors in the party tent. Register Here!
Little Ukes is a fun introduction to playing the Ukulele for children ages 4-6 years old, (accompanied by a grown-up) who are ready to progress from the family class. Our curriculum includes some familiar instruments and songs from the Little Roots repertoire, and the children also learn to sing and play familiar folk songs on the ukulele. They will learn two or three chords, how to keep a steady rhythm, and how to listen and play along with other people. The classes are fun, hands-on, and interactive. We focus on rhythm, pitch, melody, and dynamics through musical games and activities. The students learn basics like parts of the ukulele, how to hold, how to strum in different ways, names of strings, through playing, moving and lots of ukulele jamming!
LITTLE UKES (6-10+)
These Little Ukes drop-off classes for 6-8 year olds and 8-10 year olds is also for beginners and includes chord learning, song playing, and exploration of rhythm using songs and concepts from the Little Roots repertoire. Classes are 35 or 45 minutes long, and take place at the Little Roots Studio in one of our two indoor studio rooms or outdoors in the party tent.
Play and Stay
Play and Stay, faciltaed by postpartum doula, Lindsey Wilby, takes place immediately following our Little Roots baby class on Wednesday mornings. This group is intended to put a little wind in your grown-up sails as you connect with each other and chat. No topic or question is too small or too big and the pressure here is low. Come as you are and stay for some coffee or tea! Musical toys will be available for kids to play.
Winter Session: Pop-ups (single classes) only. Click icon above for schedule and registration. Little Beats is an introduction to hand drumming, body percussion, and global rhythms. We’ll practice keeping the beat and develop hand and feet coordination like the drummers do! Each class will include a show-and-tell of a different percussion instrument from somewhere around the world, and feature lots of movement activities along with familiar songs from the Little Roots repertoire.Classes are 35-40 minutes long, and take place at the Little Roots Studio in one of our two indoor studio rooms or outdoors in the party tent.
Next Session: TBD Little Fiddles (6-8+) is a lively and fun introduction to playing the fiddle! Using songs and games, we’ll learn how to hold the fiddle, bow and make beautiful sounds. We’ll learn some fiddle tunes by ear and do some dancing! Taught by Mia Friedman Drop-Off Class Rental information: Stamell Stringed Instruments in Amherst is a wonderful place to rent a fiddle. They make it fast and easy, and have a deal for first time renters. You will want to make an appointment with them to help pick out the correct size for your child. Go to www.stamellstring.com to make an appointment and fill out a rental form.
THE LITTLE ROOTS SHOW
The Little Roots Show is a pre-recorded music series for children + families with Maggie and Annie of Little Roots & Special Guests. Featuring - Singing, playing, stories, movement, puppets, crankies & surprises! Watch them at your convenience and as many times as your child wants!
Age ranges are a suggestion but not a requirement.
Please let us know if you have questions about which class is most suitable for your child.
Need-based sliding scale rates are available in all classes.
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