Every Thursday Hazel and I go to music class.
10-11 at Merry Music Makers.
It is a highlight of our week.
Literally one of the very best things I do with my girl.
On our drive up to the Lakeview studio, we put on the class CD and sing-along. A warm-up, of sorts.
We look for buses and trains and people riding bikes
She moos heartily when she sees the cow statue on top of some BBQ restaurant.
And we always stop by the drive-thru Dunkin Donuts to get a coffee for me and 2 chocolate donut holes for her. It has become our our pre-class ritual.
Before we started taking class, I sort of figured I would get to drop her off, sit in the lobby and play on my phone while Hazel sat and watched a teacher sing songs.
But that isn’t how this thing worked. Not at all.
Merry Music Makers requires full-on parent participation.
Every song, every dance, every drum bang
Parents (nannies) & Toddlers, side by side
Hazel adores both the percussive instruments and the quality time with me.
Thankfully, she doesn’t seem to mind the fact her mom has the worst voice in the studio.
My girl is typically pretty quiet in class, but she spends ALL WEEK singing the songs at home. Last night I heard some noise and I found Z sitting in front of the mirror singing A-Ram-Sam-Sam, complete with the arm waving and hand clapping motions.
I was impressed.
So was she, you could tell.
As a parent, it is pretty cool seeing your child so engaged…so into something.
I have already signed us up for next semester, but since I will be going back to work we opted for the Saturday morning session. Sure, I could have let our nanny take mid-week music-class duty , but I just couldn’t bear the thought of missing Z learn to sing “This Little Light of Mine!” and other such jams.
I have to admit, I love getting Hazel dressed for school.
Pre-class portrait above
Merry Music Makers was voted by Chicago Magazine as one of the top 5 classes offered in Chicago and I agree, whole-hardheartedly. This program is absolutely fantastic! If you have a youngin’ in the city - you should definitely check it out. We are hooked!