Rockness Music is Coming to New York!
Celebrate with Free Children’s Music Classes in New York and Brooklyn
Rockness Music , New Jersey’s hippest children’s music education program, is coming to New York and Brooklyn this fall! We’ll be singing, dancing, and drumming to our Parents’ Choice Award-winning music all over The Big Apple, and we can’t wait to meet our new neighbors!
To help celebrate our arrival, Rockness Music will be offering free children’s music classes in New York and Brooklyn in July and August! Click here to find out more information and to sign up for these amazing free classes.
Free Children’s Music Classes in New York and Brooklyn
New to Rockness Music? Want to check out the hip, fun, engaging classes that parents say “blow away the competition?”
Join us beginning Monday, July 21st for free trial classes at select locations. Register today to reserve your seat!
Where Can I Try a Free Children’s Music Class in New York and Brooklyn
Our free children’s music classes in New York and Brooklyn begin next week:
Monday July 21, July 28, August 4
Move with Grace
Tuesday, July 22, July 29, August 5
Upper East Side
Thursday, July 24, July 31, August 7
Upper West Side
Tuesday, July 29, August 5
What Locations Will Rockness Music Be Rockin’ Out in the Fall
Rockness Music’s toddler music classes will be held at the following locations in the Fall.
Abundant Learning – Dumbo
Move With Grace – Ft. Greene
Triskelion Arts – Williamsburg
Spoke the Hub – Park Slope
Yogi Beans – Upper East Side
Manhattan Movement – Upper West Side
Downtown Dance Factory – TriBeCa
Kidaroo – Riverdale
Please check back soon for more information on upcoming free children’s music classes, as well as special discount offers.
For more information on Rockness Music , check us out at www.rocknessmusic.com or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Keep The Summer Beat with Rockness Music ’s Free Children’s Music Classes!
Beginning June 3rd, Rockness Music is happy to offer free children’s music classes in select locations in New Jersey and New York. Try a class on us to see why parents say that Rockness Music “blows all of the others away!”
Rockness Music will be keeping the beat all over New Jersey and New York this summer with our awesome Summer Drummer Mommy and Me toddler music classes. We’ll be creating drum circles, singing, dancing, exploring and discovering for a wonderful six-week session!
How Do I Sign Up For Rockness Music ’s Free Children’s Music Classes
Registration for Rockness Music ’s free children’s music classes is currently underway! Simply click on the following link to pick the location, date, and time of your choice: http://app.mainstreetsites.com/dmn2164/classes.aspx?sem=12838#sem.
There are limited seats remaining, so don’t miss out on a chance to try out our free children’s music classes! Register today!
Where Can I Try Rockness Music ’s Free Children’s Music Classes
We will be holding our free children’s music classes at the following locations in New Jersey and New York:
Midtown Hoboken – Local Barre
720 Monroe Street, Hoboken, NJ
Tuesday, June 3rd & 10th
Maplewood – Village Dance Academy
155 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood, NJ
Tuesday, June 3rd & 10th
Riverdale, NY – Kidaroo
3603 Fieldston Road, Bronx, NY
Friday, June 6th & 13th
Ft. Greene, NY – Move with Grace
469 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, June 3rd & 10th
I Already Love Rockness Music – Where Do I Sign Up for the Summer Drummer Session
Don’t need to try one of our free children’s music classes? Ready to sign up for our awesome Summer Drummer session?
Head over to our site and sign your child up for the best children’s music class around! Every child who signs up receives his/her very own FREE set of bongos!
Don’t miss out on this great opportunity, sign up for Summer Drummer today!
For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732.205.1971- we’re always here to help!
Keep Rockin’ – – – Rockness Music
We, at Rockness Music have a new ORIGINAL ROCKIN’ Christmas song for you to enjoy! With more music from your favorite Mommy and Me Music class, Rockness Music brings you the joy of the Christmas season with a family song for children of all ages! Check out our interview Michael Napolitano- if you keep reading, we have a free download for you.
Tell us about the NEW Rockness Music Christmas song. What was your inspiration for this?
I think I have to start with a little personal history. Christmas music is a beautiful and a very specific art form. What I mean is, Christmas music needs to be listened to in the right context. Honestly, I can’t bear it before Thanksgiving or after New Years. Even during the fuzzy christmas season too much of it gets on my nerves – so I spread it out – I have about 100 christmas LP’s ranging from children’s to classical. My favorites are Dean Martin, Perry Como and Burl Ives- super smooth singing with angelic choirs of voices in the background, strings, bells and all the trimmings for a wintery soundscape.
I never imagined writing a Christmas song. Someone actually suggested it. I wrote this song last year a couple of days before Christmas – I feel like you cannot capture a “fake” feeling, I needed to be in that drowsy, hot cocoa-induced Christmas mood.
The song itself, like many of the songs I write, developed quickly – a stanza popped right out followed by a catchy chorus. The kids, my wife and I sang this tune all week.
This year I wrote the remainder of the lyrics. All I had at first was “Deck the halls with boughs of holly, rock n roll with Dad and Mommy” – which is an awesome line, but not quite enough to fill a song.
What was it like creating your own Christmas song? Were there any challenges putting together the lyrics and laying down the rhythm?
This song was most definitely challenging. My goal for children’s music, is to make it family music. Music that parents not only tolerate, but enjoy, and find themselves singing along or after they turn the track off. Christmas songs are the same way. The topic of Christmas gives a writer so much to work with, yet it’s so specific and it’s been done so many times its hard to be different and it’s hard to balance on that line of cheesy or good. Being that children’s music hosts the same issue for me this became a really fun challenge.
I took phrases from some of the most well-known Christmas songs and put them together to write a new song all together. After the fact, I realized I was inspired by Build to Spill’s song “You were Right” (an amazing song using lyrics from classic rock artists like Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and John Cougar Mellencamp).
The song started with guitar and vocals, I thought it was too normal, sounded like anything else. I don’t usually have this problem, typically the ideas flow. I’m a drummer first so I did just that. I kept the vocals, and played a drum pattern over the melody with no accompaniment, just drums and vocals. EUREKA! A catchy bass line followed and what we now here is a real rock Christmas song. There are some really neat sounds I was able to conjure up to give an overall christmas feeling. Listen for the melodica, chimes, palm muted guitars, and of course sleigh bells.
What was it like having your family get on the track with you? Should we anticipate a whole Napolitano Holiday album in the future?
Yes, that is the plan. We most recently had a pick up drum circle after my daughter’s birthday, it really rattled my creative cage. We are working on a bunch of Napolitano family creations at the moment. Music is so special to me, and anytime I play music with my friends or family it is just that much more special.
What was the first Christmas song you remember listening to and loving as a kid?
There are two, first is what you hear at the very top of this track, there is a music box playing ‘White Christmas’ – this was a gift from my grandfather – I listened to it over an dover. It’s an emotional melody and song. A lot of these christmas songs are in minor keys and pull at the heartstrings, this one does that to me.
My all time favorite songs is Jingle Bells by Frank Sinatra.
“I love those J-I-N-G-L-E Bells, BONG”…..great song!!! Everything about this. It’s fun, it’s light and it’s so very happy. The production, the swinging vocals, the choir singing – it’s just an incredible piece of work.
You said that in your family a huge Christmas celebration is a tradition- what makes family such an important part of Christmas for you?
I think it may be the other way around. Christmas is an important part of our family.
That time we all sit together and talk, and eat. Like any holiday, it’s special. You take those moments, forget about all your worries and embrace in the love and laughter of your family. Now don’t get me wrong, the food is a huge part of it! We are a big Italian family, the food is fantastic!
Do you have a favorite Christmas tradition?
I love watching people open the gifts I buy them. I really do. But my favorite Christmas Tradition is singing the Twelve Days of Christmas with the entire Napolitano Family. Which includes my father, his 6 siblings and their children and children’s children. All 50 of us, Old uncles and aunts, the little kids – everyone has their part (and have for years) Myself, my brother, and my Uncle Mauro & Aunt Ida are Four calling birds.
My father and I dress in ruffle tuxes and conduct the song, we draw on fake mustaches it’s hilarious.
If Santa had a favorite christmas song, what do you think it would be?
Bruce Springsteen’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”
The holiday season is among us! The leaves are falling, the snow is coming, and we can’t wait cuddle up with family and hold a warm cup of hot cocoa in our hands! However, not all families and little ones are as fortunate as we are. Some will be cold, hungry, and without a home. During this season of giving thanks, we at Rockness Music think it is extremely important to give to those in need. Donating to charity is a great way to teach your little ones the importance of appreciating what they have and spreading joy amongst others who are less fortunate.
1. Clothing Drives: Donating used clothes is a great way to help those in need. If your child has clothes he or she has outgrown, help them sort the clothes out and put them in boxes. Explain to your child why you are donating the items (for the little boys and girls out there who need it more!) and have them go to the drive with you.
2. Toy Drives/Toys for Tots: There are so many little rockstars who don’t have the equipment to rock on! If there are some books lying around the house that have already been read, consider donating them to a shelter or local school in need. Donating some toys that your child no longer plays with can make some other little ones very happy. We know this could be difficult- children become newly attached to toys they abandon once the toys are about to be taken away. This could be a good moment to teach your child the importance of sharing with others.
3. Food Baskets: Putting together food baskets is a common and easy way to give back! Go shopping at the local supermarket or clean out your pantry for canned goods (and other imperishable items) that can go to families. If you want to be super generous, try buying two of everything you need for Thanksgiving. The second set of everything you buy can create a huge package that you can send to a shelter or soup kitchen for their own holiday meals.
4. Create a Charity Jar: Making a charity bank is a nice way for you and your child to give. Whenever they find spare change around the house, tell them to put it in the charity jar (which you can decorate if you wish). Or, tell them to remember whenever someone does something nice for them. Have them put a coin in the jar every time someone gives to them so they can see how great a feeling giving to others is. Have your child see you put money in the charity jar- children often copy what they see adults around them doing!
5. Helping Others: Whether it’s helping cleaning up your next door neighbor’s yard, or giving the elderly couple down the street an invite to Thanksgiving dinner, reaching out to your immediate community can go a long way. Think of those around you who might need some extra care this Holiday season and figure out ways you can give to them.
A little giving goes a long way. We hope you and your families have a loving and giving Holiday season!
Here are some charities to look into if you wish to spread some love:
September is right around the corner, and for some of you, this time September will be even more special! That’s right, your little one is getting ready for his or her first day of school!
Now there’s a bunch of emotions that you could be feeling right now- happiness, nervousness, excitement, anxiety, and even relief! But not to worry, you have prepared your child for this moment since the second you held them in your arms.
Here are some tips you can use to help make the transition to preschool a really rockin’ time.
Practicing preschool makes perfect
1. When you get closer to the first day, you should start to mimic the routines your child will soon experience. Try incorporating activities like sing-a-longs, read-alouds, circle time and even nap time into your daily schedule. With read-alouds, have them sit across from you in criss cross style.
2. Get your child used to self-helping tasks like zipping up their jacket and putting on their backpack. You can make quick games out of it, like seeing how fast they can put on their shoes (safely) or how quick they can pack up all their belongings. See how your child helps themselves, how easy is it for them to take out their lunch and eat on their own? Observing things like this can help you help your child take on the big girl and boy tasks of preschool.
3. If the preschool your child is going to has an open park or playground near, take them there to play! Chances are they will be playing in that place at some point, so why not get them accustomed to the area?
4. Get your child accustomed to sharing, especially if they don’t have a sibling. Tell them to ask for things politely, and that everyone should get a turn at things that are fun!
5. Start implementing a bedtime if you haven’t already. You don’t want to wait until the night before to force them to go to bed at a time they’re aren’t used to. A rockstar needs his sleep!
Don’t worry about a thing, cause every little thing
(and one!) is gonna be alright!
1. It’s important not to worry your child about preschool, but at the same time listen to the concerns they may have. Always reassure them that you’ll be there to pick them up everyday, that the people will be nice, and that they will have fun learning and making new friends! Let them know that many people go to preschool and grow up to be just fine!
2. If your child starts to act out by throwing tantrums and clinging on to you, know that this is natural.
3. Most importantly, reassure your child that you still love and them and you’re not abandoning them! Let them know that they will still have Mommy-and-Me or Daddy-and-Me time! Even plan out a weekend schedule if that helps, and let them pick an activity to do very Saturday!
It’s the final countdown!
1. When the days dwindle down and the first day of preschool gets closer and closer, start to shop with your little one for clothes and supplies! Let them feel and understand how much they are a part of this, and how rockin’ it is for big boys and girls to get ready for school! Having them pick out their backpack is a great way for them to feel like a big kid making big decisions!
2. Label everything! Clothes, supplies, lunch- put your little one’s name all over it! Show your child everything that belongs to them, so they know what they have in their backpack and they know what to bring home.
3. Make sure your child is up to date on immunizations or medication that they take. Make sure the school is aware of any medication or special needs that your child has!
The Night Before
1. Have your child pick out a reasonable outfit for the first day (as long as it’s weather and preschool proof!)
2. Make sure they get a good night’s rest! Remember a 2-4 year old child should be getting 9-12 hours of sleep a night (not including daytime naps)!
3. Also plan out your morning! Know what time you should get up, what time you should wake up your little one, and what you’ll make for breakfast and their lunch.
4. Pack your child’s backpack. The less you have to do in the morning, the less stressful it will be!
The Day is Here!
1. Make sure you wake up and leave enough time for you and your little one to get ready and pictures to be taken- be sure to capture this major moment!
2. When you pack their lunch, make sure you pick some of their favorite foods!
3. Let them take a trinket to school on the first day to help them transition from home to school. It could be a small stuffed animal, a tiny favorite toy, or a picture of your family to make them feel at home.
4. When you drop them off, stay around for a couple of minutes. If you leave too soon, it might worry your child.
5. This might be a nervous morning for you, but try your best not to let your child see that! If you look worried, your child will most likely pick up on your emotions and feel that they have to worry as well.
6. Think of a special goodbye! A fun high-five, a kiss to put in their pocket all day, or a happy hug that lasts all day- a cute goodbye can help the sendoff go smoothly!
7. When you finally decide to leave, don’t run back if you hear your child crying for you. We know this is the hardest part. No one wants to hear their child upset, but this is a common reaction on the first day. Your child will be okay! You prepared them for this day! You both are ready! If you are really worried, you can call the school later on during the day to make sure your little one is alright.
We hope these tips will help you get in tip-top shape for the first day! Your little ones will soon be rockin’ out at preschool! So don’t stress!