Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals is not your run of the mill children’s music class, it’s a program for toddlers, kids and their grownups to come “rock out” and have some fun. It’s a foot stomping, jingle shaking, drum drumming hullabaloo both kids and parents will love! Each class combines song, dance and rhythm in an interactive musical experience for all ages.
It is a class geared toward children aged 3 months thru 4 years that incorporates a wide variety of musical activities, including singing, dancing, musical storytelling, instrumental jam sessions, and musical puppet play. The original material used in class uniquely reflects and celebrates the lives of children growing up in an urban environment, as well as more traditional themes universal to all children.
Provided with a stimulating and fertile musical environment, positive role models, gentle guidance and encouragement, young children will have enriching and vital musical experiences that help them gain a sense of themselves and a connection to the world they live in.
Goals and Expectations
These classes are a place where children can experience music in a rich variety of ways. Whether actively participating or simply listening and watching, children are learning in ways that are right for them as individuals, and at their own pace. A more instructional approach, with a focus on specific results, is not only age-inappropriate but totally unnecessary for their musical development. Exposure to musical experiences, guidance, and parental modeling allows young children to explore and learn on their own without the anxiety of others expectations.
Parent/caregiver participation in class activities is strongly encouraged. Whether you consider yourself to be musically inclined, or someone who can’t carry a tune to save your life is of little importance when it comes to the positive impact your participation will have on your child. Your willingness and enthusiasm are invaluable assets to the group as a whole and exemplify for your child that joining in is not about “performing” but having fun.
The Music for Aardvarks program was created in 1997 in Brooklyn, NY by rock musician, composer, and father of three, David Weinstone. Music for Aardvarks is distinct from other children’s music programs in that all classes are based around Mr. Weinstone’s original songs, rhythms, and chants. With influences of rock, blues, ballads, folk, jazz and pop, Aardvark songs uniquely reflect and celebrate the lives of children growing up today. The music is innovative, intelligent, and irresistibly appealing to both kids and their parents. and Founder David is Musical Genius (former child prodigy 🙂 who attended Berklee College of Music, where he studied theory, composition, and guitar. He came to New York to pursue a career as a singer/songwriter. He has written and recorded for film, radio, and television. David is also a parent and enjoys cookies and milk.