Teacher - Dr. Gabriella Musacchia
Assistant Teacher - Vicki Burns
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Your baby’s brain has literally billions of neurons just waiting for the kind of enrichment Baby Ryhthms offers! Our classes pair diverse circle activities with upbeat, complex rhythms from around the globe. This expands the musical “repertoire” of early learners; much like exposure to different languages expands the language base. The Little Listeners class focuses on exposure, exploration and interactive fun with rattles, drums, parachutes and color scarves to engage auditory motor and social facets of the baby mind and body It is not unusual for babies in the "Little Listener's" classes to take their first steps in class itself! We also create special group and personal bonding moments for you and your baby, which starts the foundation for a lifelong love of music.
Baby Rhythms offers music and movement classes for babies, toddlers and families. Our classes awaken and nurture young children’s development and are designed to boost early auditory, motor and social skills. Our classes pair age-appropriate group activities are paired with exciting music from different cultures to expand the musical “repertoire” of early learners. The emphasis is on caregiver interaction to help infants and toddlers learn by example to take turns, learn complex rhythms, dance and have fun doing it! The early music experience that we offer is scientifically proven to have positive effects on child development. Children enrolled in early music have 32% more literacy gain, hearing improvement in noise, decreased social anxiety, stronger memory retention and a heightened cultural awareness. Visit the research links at babyrhythms.com/OurStory to learn more about music and your baby’s brain.
Our Music Making set gives you everything you will need to get started making music with your little one at home. The set includes well-made, popular, child-safe instruments such as egg shakers, tambourines and bells, colorful scarves for dance or music play and the CD of music from your Baby Rhythms class.
Price: $40.00 (Purchase in class)
Additional items that are/will be available:
a. 2 egg shakers
b. 1 bell wristlet
c. 2 tambourines
d. 1 hand bell
e. 2 scarves
f. storage box
1. 30 minute Baby Rhythms take-home DVD (coming soon) - $25
2. CD + DVD (coming soon) $30
3. Music Making set + DVD (coming soon) $60
4. 12-month onesie $25 (Little Listeners Rock!)
5. 2T tshirt $22 (Big Players Rock!)
6. 3T tshirt $22 (Music Makers Rock!)
Dr. Gabriella Musacchia is a research fellow at the Infancy Studies Laboratory in the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers University. She has published numerous articles on music and the brain in international peer-reviewed journals and plays trumpet and drums professionally. She holds a Ph.D. in Communications Sciences from Northwestern University, Evanston and has been working in the field since 2001. Dr. Musacchia currently lives in NJ with her husband and son.
Vicki Burns has been teaching children and adults to sing in both private lessons and classes in school settings since 1984. Most recently she enjoyed teaching at Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco, which features American styles of music such as rock, blues and jazz, from 2003-2008. Vicki teaches vocal technique which is based on the Classical technique of Bel Canto which she has adapted to popular styles and all ages, ranging from 3-90! She has Masters Degree from San Jose State University and a Bachelors Degree from University of New Hampshire. Currently, Vicki has private vocal students in New York City where she resides.