Music is an essential building block for the mind of a baby. Exposure to music at a young age has proven an enormous benefit to the development of early literacy and math skills.
Have you noticed your baby’s wonder and amazement when you sing to them or they discover that hitting something makes a sound? Their reaction to music and their discovery of the human relationship with music is an amazing event to witness. In our music classes for babies, parents play the role of music teacher with the instructor. Through the power and beauty of music, a natural bonding occurs between the parent and child. This is the Rockness Music experience.
The benefits also extend into their physical well being. Gross and fine motor skills are targeted with our musical activities in our classes. The individual instruments the children receive inspire the children to move with the music or independently as they strike the drums, or shake a tambourine.
Babies are drawn to the music. They follow our instructors around the room. Glance at their parent, and glance back at the instructor. Perhaps they might look at the percussion instrument in their hand, shake it and look back at their parent for approval. These are the steady cues and acute learning we see happening in our classes. Our music classes for babies hold their attention with hands-on activities, whether it be our pancake song or our drum circles. The babies are learning to hold drum sticks, shake a shaker, and rock back and forth to the beat. When our instructors hop on the Djembe drum and begin our adventure song the babies immediately begin to shake their bodies back and forth.
We do have parents who choose to bring their infants to our baby music classes. This is up to the parent as to whether the class is appropriate for their child. An infant in our music classes will participate minimally. It is up to the parent to introduce the concept of participation to the child. That goes for our babies and infants. Although we are well versed in rocking out, everything is new for our babies.
We suggest participating as much as possible. Have fun and your child will learn how to have fun!
Our classes are mixed ages, and we find this integration of toddlers and babies aids in the baby’s understanding of how to acclimate in this new world of enrichment classes. Chances are Rockness Music is not the only baby class you will take your child to. It’s all new to them, and who better show them the ropes than a child who has just gone through that transition?
We highly recommend our classes for babies and infants. Throughout our history parents tote their infants in a carseat to our classes while their toddler siblings rock out.
The infant throughout the ten week session will eventually start moving their heads and following the music around the room. Most times that child will be the next family member to join our class. These children, who were infants in our classes, are the most engaged and tuned-in members of our little community. The research exists to prove the benefits of musical activity for the young child. It is in moments like the one discussed above where we see firsthand the accelerated development of babies in our classes. Give your child the academic advantage they deserve with the most engaging and genuine music class on planet earth.
Scheduling a free drop-in demo class is easy and highly recommended. We are certain you will love our classes and will want to join for the entire session. Register for a free class here
We can’t wait to rock with you!
A musical adventure exploring imagination, creativity and a sense of wonder. As children create and respond to music, they discover ways to represent their feelings, ideas and experiences.
Don’t worry, we believe in the positive influence of these music classes for toddlers and babies. While we believe in the positive influence of every class and We hope you don’t miss one, but we understand that “life happens.” Two make-up classes are allowed at any of our locations contact us for help!
"As a mother to a VERY active 2 year old, I confess we have struck out at many music classes. It takes a lot to get her into a group activity like this. She enjoyed Rockness Music at her daycare and would sing the songs at home so when I saw they had classes in Montclair, I decided to see what it was that got her so into it. Well...now I know. These classes are so incredibly enjoyable and Mr. Michael is the perfect person for my 2 year old to rock out with. She gets SO excited and is on her feet the entire time, engaging with the class. I'm so glad we signed up!"
"I absolutely love this class! This is the only music class that my 18 month old son enjoys because he can run and dance in the center of the room. Most classes require children to sit in a circle and sing baby songs. This class has instructors with real instruments, singing well written music. I love how we are not singing along to a cd during class... Who wants to pay for that? "
"Best music class!!!! It is so entertaining, interactive and also educational. I love that the teacher introduces different musical instruments in each class and lets the kids play with them. My daughter loves the class and I am very happy with the quality of the class. The teachers do a fantastic job! I totally recommend Rockness Music classes."
"My daughter and I absolutely love this class! My husband and mother think it’s great too! All of the songs are original and fun. The instructors are talented and professional. My daughter loves dancing with her shakers along to the songs as well as participating in the dance party with streamers. She also loves exploring different musical instruments now and playing them at home. She has already learned so much in the class, and I look forward to continuing to see her progress. I highly recommend Rockness Music."
"We love Rockness Music!! My son will use anything he can to sit on and drum like the teacher. He's learned new instruments as well as how to count and say colors in Spanish. The class is also fun for the adults, which is important too! Our biggest takeaway is that my shy little toddler has really come out of his shell. The teacher has never pushed him and he SLOWLY got comfortable. Now he's dancing and singing in class and, at home when you're not looking, he does a great Rockness Music teacher impression!!"
"This is not your typical music class-- it's so much better! Live (catchy!) music, mystery discovery instruments, shakers, ribbon dancing, drumming, and so much more. The teacher brings an infectious energy to every class and he understands that every child will engage with the music in his/her own way. It's one of the only classes I've made sure to do with all three of my children. Highly recommend! Come prepared to rock!"
"We’ve been going to Rockness Music for a couple of years now! We love it so much and look forward to our Friday classes in Maplewood every week. Sometimes she’s not in a great mood but the class always transforms her into a happy dancing kid. We also enjoy the cds they give out so we can rock out whenever we want! "