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About Little Roots Classes

Little Roots is an acoustic, hands-on, interactive music program for children Infant to 7 years old and their grown-ups.  Little Roots Founders, Annie Stevenson and Maggie Shar, are trained educators and professional musicians who strive to create connection, community, and joy in each class. Maggie and Annie sort through and write songs rooted in traditional music, American Folk and Old-Time, West African, Gospel, Irish Trad, Jazz and Blues amongst others.  Annie and Maggie deeply love music and love to help introduce young folks and their grownups to the magic of music.  Classes take place at our Little Roots Studio, 46 Maple St. Florence, MA. and now ONLINE! 


Little Roots Family

AGES: Infant - 4 years

INSTRUCTORS: Annie Lynch Stevenson and Maggie Shar

50% sibling discount.

Each Little Roots Family class features ten to twelve rotating and seasonal songs each with a hands-on interactive component.  Children will experience singing as a group with guitar, banjo, or ukulele, and have the opportunity to try drumming, rhythm sticks, parachute play, scarves, bells, movement, dance, puppets and story telling. The class is designed to hold the interest of little ones while addressing the developmental stages of each child.  The classes are also intended to be kind to adult ears, hearts, and minds.  All of this while having fun creating music as a community.  

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Little UKES

AGES: Preschool (3-5 years)


 NO sibling discount.


Little Ukes is for children ages 3-5yrs who have outgrown the mixed age classes but are still too young for private lessons. 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 might learn one chord or two 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! Students must be accompanied by an adult during class.  Ukes will be provide for in class use.   Classes are kept to 6 students per class.  Preregistration recommended due to limited space. 


Little Roots Big Kids

AGES: 5-7 years

INSTRUCTOR: Annie Stevenson

NO drop-ins, spaced limited, NO sibling discount.

Little Roots Big Kids is a 45 minute drop-off class designed for a small group (6-8 children) of five to seven year olds. Big Kids will participate in group singing in unison, call and response and simple rounds. We will explore music through movement, including circle songs and rhythm activities. Students will also learn basic rhythmic concepts and simple polyrhythms on the gathering drums and other hand and mallet percussion. Similar to Little Roots Family classes, there will also be songs and activities where Big Kids can explore music through imaginary play. There is great value in creating early musical foundations in community, with friends and peers to collaborate, interact and play with while learning.


*This is a great class for children who have outgrown the early childhood family music classes but could use a bit more time before private lessons.


4:15-5pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays

8-10 week sessions (follows Little Root Family Class schedule)


Private Family Class

AGES: Infant - 5years

OFFERED: On demand

INSTRUCTORS: Annie Lynch Stevenson or Maggie Shar

COST:  Up to 5 Children $120, up to 10 Children $180

45 minute Little Roots class on demand.

Let us know your favorite Little Roots songs and we'll build them into the class plan.

Great for Birthdays and special occasions (please note we do not allow food in the studio.)

Get in touch to book your private class

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