Our daughter Emma likes to shake her groove thang. Simple as that.
She will shimmy that 2 year old rump anywhere and everywhere. She will break it down at the grocery store, the mall, in her carseat, riding in the elevator, and her favorite place of all…the living room during our daily afternoon “Dance Party USA”. Music moves her, so I decided it was time for a music class.
While researching classes in the San Diego area, I found some great options. After consulting my “Council of Parents” (aka my Facebook friends) I decided Music Together was the place to be.
Music Together is a program that was introduced in 1987 as a fun and educationally sound approach to music learning. It grew quickly, and licensed Music Together centers opened all over the country. The classes are based on the recognition that all children are musical. They can learn to sing in tune and keep a beat in a family-like setting of children ages 0-5 and their caregivers.
Ms. Tejal Kaji is the Director of Kids Beats Music Together, LLC. She is energetic, welcoming, fun, and you can tell she loves her job! One thing I was a little nervous about before class is the fact that caregivers are encouraged to sing along. Whoa. Luckily, Tejal makes even tone-deaf…ahem, “musically-challenged” folks such as myself, feel right at home.
And, once all of the other adults are belting out the tunes, you (may) want to join right in. There is singing, dance time and an entire portion of the class dedicated to the kids making their own music with drums, egg shakers, bells and other instruments. Between learning some new songs, watching Emma and the other kids dance a jig and taking home a great cd, we were really happy with the class. Tejal also offers free sample classes if you’d like to try it out before committing.
The nitty gritty:
12636 Poway Rd.
Poway, CA 92064
9474 Black Mountain Rd
San Diego, CA 92126
12621 Poway Rd
Poway, CA 92064
9919 Hibert St., Ste B
San Diego, CA 92131
Current Spring Schedule (which may change based on enrollment)
Mondays: 9:30A — Scripps Ranch
Tuesdays: 10A and 11A — Academy of World Dance n Arts (Poway)
Wednesdays: 9:45A and 11A — Rhythm Studios
Thursdays: 10:30A — Scripps Ranch
Fridays: 9A — My Kids Clubhouse (Poway)
Saturdays: 9:30a at Rhythm Studio (9474 black mtn rd.). 9 week class rather than a 10 week class
Currently Scheduled FREE Sample Classes:
Thursday, March 14 at 10A — Scripps Ranch
Friday, March 15 at 9A — My Kids Clubhouse
Monday, March 18 at 9:30A — Scripps Ranch
Wednesday, March 20 at 9:15A — Academy of World Dance n Arts
Thursday, March 21 at 10A — Rhythm Studios
Friday, March 22 at 9A — My Kids Clubhouse
Friday, April 12 at 9A — My Kids Clubhouse
An RSVP is required for the free classes by calling Tejal at 858.248.9034 or going online to www.kidsbeatsmt.com.
Family with 1 child: $195
Family 2nd child: $155
Family 3rd child: Free*
New family fee: $20
*Please note: for additional child discounts, the additional children need to be a sibling of the first registered child. Also, siblings under 7 months of age at the start of the semester are FREE with a registered child. I honestly think our 4 month old son enjoyed the class just as much as our daughter. Or maybe Tejal’s beautiful singing put him in a trance!
Now the part you’ve all been waiting for. Get ready. This is big.
The first 5 moms to leave a comment at www.facebook.com/kidsbeatsmt will receive $50 off of the next 10 week session of classes beginning April 12th. Winners will receive 2 CDs, a song book and 10 weeks of FUN for $145.