NEWBIES (birth to 6 months)

We’re here!  The gentlest of Mister John’s music classes for the planet’s newest citizens.  Mister John will introduce your baby’s ear to all sorts of new sounds, teach parents and caregivers lullabies and call and response songs from around the world and guide participants in soft kinetic group activities.  Prepare yourself to see some wide eyes, some smiles, and some really touching “firsts.” FRIDAYS @ 1PM

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TEENIES (6 months to 12 months)

We’re wide awake! In this class, Mister John encourages you and your baby to sit up and get hands-on.  We’ll rock and roll, shake and sway, crawl and dance.  Our music styling will get a little more upbeat, our activities will get a little more rambunctious, and the props and puppets will burst out of the bag.   We’ll begin to make music with our little ones, exploring how we all can generate sounds together – from shakers to group mooing.  Moooooo… WEDNESDAYS @ 12PM, THURSDAYS @ 1PM, FRIDAYS @ 11AM or SATURDAYS @10AM

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MINIS (12 months to 24 months)

We’re discovering everything – how to speak, how to sing, how to make new sounds!  Your toddler will begin to notice that there are other people around and that means we’ll learn all about making friends.  On top of all of that – it’s movement time!  As your toddler begins to crawl and graduates to walking, Mister John will guide the class in group movement play.  We’ll swim through the ocean, we’ll hike through the woods, and we’ll learn the most important of dance moves – stir the soup, raise the roof, twist it out and “John Travolta.” WEDNESDAYS @ 10AM and 11AM, THURSDAYS @ 10AM and 12PM, FRIDAYS @ 9AM or SATURDAYS @ 8AM

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MIGHTIES (2 years)

We’re figuring it out! Mister John’s Mighties come ready to play, jump, sing, and use their imagination. Your two-year-old will become an active participant in the direction of the class – “What song do you want to sing today?” “A Godzilla song!” “Alright then!” We’ll explore the basics of music creation (tempo, dynamics, pitch, etc.) through activities that stimulate your child’s body, voice, and mind. In addition to music instruction, Mister John and caregivers model social skills like sharing, teamwork, empathy, and appropriate expression of emotions to help these little ones understand how to interact with peers. WEDNESDAYS @ 9AM, THURSDAYS @ 9AM and 11AM, FRIDAYS @ 10AM and 12PM, or SATURDAYS @ 9AM

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SWEETIES - A class for sensational children (3-5 years)

A licensed child psychologist joins Mister John in this intimate class specifically designed for children who need little more support in the classroom.  After an introductory phone conversation with parents to discuss each child’s specific needs, Mister John and Miss Jess will tailor the program to the group. Expect prolonged sensory-based experiences, visual scheduling, and repeated activities developed specifically to increase eye-contact, listening skills, and communication skills.  A safe environment, free from judgment or expectation, this class is meant to be a positive shared arts experience between parent and child.  If your child has a hard time in a group setting, if your child struggles to communicate his/her needs, if your child is the beautiful exception, then this is your class.  SATURDAYS @ 3:30PM

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GROUP GUITAR (5 to 7 years)

An introduction to an instrument in a non-threatening, non-competitive manner.  Mister John’s motto is “Instruments are meant to be played.  PLAYED not practiced!”  In our very first class, we’ll explore how the guitar is constructed, how it produces sound, how to hold it, tune it, and play it.  We’ll discuss the basics of music theory – notes, rests, melody, chords, dynamics, tempo, pitch – and we’ll learn about music as a group sport.  We’ll compose our own songs, learn some folks standards, and pull from the students’ favorites to develop new skills and exercise our personal musical voices.  It’s about the guitar, yes, but also about encouraging your child to express him or herself through the arts and to develop a lifelong love of music. Students are required to bring their own 1/2 or 3/4 size guitar. SATURDAYS @ 1PM

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GROUP GUITAR (8 to 10 years)

An introduction to an instrument in a non-threatening, non-competitive manner.  Mister John’s motto is “Instruments are meant to be played.  PLAYED not practiced!”  In our very first class, we’ll explore how the guitar is constructed, how it produces sound, how to hold it, tune it, and play it.  We’ll discuss the basics of music theory – notes, rests, melody, chords, dynamics, tempo, pitch – and we’ll learn about music as a group sport.  We’ll compose our own songs, learn some folks standards, and pull from the students’ favorites to develop new skills and exercise our personal musical voices.  It’s about the guitar, yes, but also about encouraging your child to express him or herself through the arts and to develop a lifelong love of music. Students are required to bring their own 1/2 or 3/4 size guitar. SATURDAYS @ 2pm

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ADULT GUITAR

A fun laid-back place to learn a new instrument – this class is for the grown-up who has always wanted to accompany him/herself on the guitar.  “Let’s start at the very beginning… a very good place to start…”  Bring your guitar, a beverage of your choosing, and your best singing voice.  You’ll learn some chords, a few strumming patterns, and a lick or two.  You could be the next Pat Benatar!  What have you got to lose?!  Join the party!  WEDNESDAYS @ 8PM or THURSDAYS @ 8PM

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