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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Mother’s Day
The days are getting longer. The weather is getting warmer. Birds are singing and flowers are blooming. That can only mean one thing: Mother’s Day is just around the corner!
At Rockness Music, we believe that family is the most important thing in the world and should always be celebrated. Whether it’s getting together for family dinners on Sunday, cuddling up to watch a great movie, or singing along to our favorite songs in the car, we hope everyone treasures the little moments with families as much as we do!
Let’s celebrate Mother’s Day together! Click here to listen to “The Family Song” while we share some great ideas that everyone can take part in this Sunday!
Once you’re done singing “The Family Song,” head on over to the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Montclair for their “Music in the Garden” series. Enjoy the beautiful music while taking in the gorgeous gardens from 12-2pm this Mother’s Day.
Your child could be a kid in King Arthur’s Court at Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ this weekend! Join in the fun and cheer on your favorite knight. The best part? Moms get in for free!
Burn off those Mother’s Day dessert calories for a good cause!
The Summit Area YMCA will hosting its 13th annual 5K race to benefit Livestrong at the YMCA, with proceeds going to help benefit their cancer and recovery program.
Looking for something a little more challenging? Then the Prospect Park Mother’s Day Duathlon is for you! Choose the activity that’s right for you, and run, sprint, and bike your way to a feeling of accomplishment!
Now that you’ve burned off an entire day’s worth of calories, it’s time to eat!
On Friday afternoon, Parti-Licious in Garwood, NJ will be celebrating Mother’s Day with “I Like Warm Hugs – A High Tea Mother’s Day Event.” This fun and unique afternoon event with feature My Fairytale Party’s Ice Queen & Ice Sister Princess for a day both children and moms will enjoy!
How about some Mother’s Day Brunch? Head over to The Dumbo Loft for their annual Mother’s Day Brunch, featuring a wide array of brunch favorites and specialty dishes!
Our friends at Novita in Metuchen, NJ are also preparing a special menu for the whole family. Celebrate with a delicious meal from one of the area’s best restaurants!
You’ve heard the saying that the best things in life are free. This Mother’s Day, spend some “mommy and me” time by taking part in some classic Mother’s Day crafts. From paper flowers and cute matching aprons, to bouquet cards and hand prints, you can have hours of fun creating memorable crafts to treasure and enjoy!
Be sure to check out these craft ideas and many more over on our Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/preschoolofrock/mothers-day-crafts/.
Mommy and Me Classes
Don’t forget to register for our upcoming Summer Drummer classes! What better way for mommies and their children to spend time together than rockin’ out with us throughout the summer? Every child who joins our music classes this summer receives his/her very own free bongo!
Help us keep the beat, and register for your class today: http://register.rocknessmusic.com!
Happy Mother’s Day and Keep Rockin’!
– Rockness Music
Rockness Music shows are entertaining children and families all across New Jersey and New York!
Join us all spring and summer long as we rock out with our acclaimed Rockness Music shows at schools, street fairs, festivals, and libraries across New Jersey and New York! Our high-energy, entertaining and engaging shows are an ideal way for children and families to enjoy the beautiful days of spring and summer together.
We will be performing for kids at the Hoboken Art & Music Festival, the Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn, as well as the Warren Township Library, and more.
Binoculars out! We are also extremely excited to announce that we will be searching for animals and singing our favorite songs when we perform several Rockness Music shows this summer at the one and only Bronx Zoo!
But, you don’t have to wait until the summer to rock out with us! Join us this weekend for three very exciting performances:
Saturday, May 3rd * Walnut Street Fair * Montclair, NJ * 11-4pm
Sunday, May 4th * Riverdale Street Fair * New York, NY * 12pm
Sunday, May 4th * Hoboken Art & Music Festival * Hoboken, NJ * 11-6pm
We hope to see you there!
For a complete list of our shows and engagements throughout the summer, please visit: http://www.rocknessmusic.com/shows.
We can’t wait to perform our unique brand of children’s music with kids and families all summer long!
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.”
With Halloween nearing, the search for the perfect costume for your little ones has begun. Well, look no further!
Forget witches, pumpkins and ghosts and check out these Rockness Music-inspired costumes.
Run Run Run Run Run Little Cupcake
Safari Song: Out in the Jungle What Did I See?
Pancakes Pancakes We Eat Them Every Day
Makes We Want to Say- Yee Haw Yee Haw!
Pirate Song ARGH (coming soon!)
How do you dance like a ROBOT?
What is your little rocker going to be for Halloween?
Here are five movies we think every little one should see!
This musical classic that stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer is a movie that your children can enjoy just as much as you did when you first saw it! The plot revolves around a woman named Maria, who becomes a governess for a strict naval captain and his family. With the infectious energy of music, Maria starts to lighten up and brighten up things around the house. This movie is packed with joy, laughter, and songs- just a few of our “favorite things”!
Starring Julie Andrews, as Mary Poppins, this musical film features a posh upper-class family getting their world shaken up by an eccentric and lively nanny. Ms. Poppins teaches the family the joys of life, including how to have fun. Watching this movie with your little one is sure to be nothing but a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious time!
This movie joins the list of classics that anyone at any age can enjoy! Annie tries to escape her orphanage, run by the treacherous Ms. Hannigan, in efforts to find her real parents. This movie is a great break from the struggles of the day to day “hard knock life”.
Take a trip down the yellow brick road with this timeless movie. Follow Dorothy as she tries to find the Wizard in hopes of finding her back home. Along the way she meets great friends and sings great songs!
This film shows the importance of standing up for what you believe in- a lesson we all learn in life at one point or another! A band of newspaper boys come together when their bosses try to take advantage of their labor. Read- I mean watch- all about it!
So grab some popcorn, a cozy blanket maybe, and enjoy these tune filled films with your family! Tell us what you think! Are any of these movies already your household favorite?
Can you believe the last days of July are upon us? Before we know it, school will be back in session. We wanted to share with you a few of our favorite sounds of summer, before it all flies by.
Infectious laughter of children playing in the yard
Jumping into the pool on a hot day… SPLASH
Roasting marshmallows on an open fire… CRACKLE
Crickets singing their melodic tune
Thunderstorm on a warm summer night
The ice cream man
Lawn mowers in the distance humming along
Rocking chairs on the front porch
Leaves rustling in the breeze
Everything makes music. And, oh, what music they make!
What are your favorite sounds?