I have been wanting to get my son, Otto, into a music class since before he was born. If I’m completely honest, I’ve been thinking about my future child(ren)’s music education for as long as I can remember. Even before college, when I was still planning on going into music therapy I figured I’d do my internship after college, get a job, get married, work as a music therapist for awhile and then when I had kids, I would start a violin studio out of my home so that I could be home with them.
Well, I’m already there. Teaching from home so I can be with my child. While I was pregnant, I started looking into my options for a baby music class. There was one through the recreation department and one at a maternity center nearby. I’m sure both of those are great classes. But I’m a Suzuki teacher. I love the method and I truly believe in it. So I went to search on the SAA website for a nearby early childhood class.
I was so excited to see one listed nearby. I pushed it to the back of my mind for safekeeping and awaited the arrival of my little boy. After months of adjusting to being a new parent with all its challenges, when Otto was about 6 months old (in November), I started thinking about music class again. He had started sleeping better so I figured we were just about there. Plus, this kid loves music. Every time I turn on some tunes or pull out my violin, he starts dancing and grinning so big. It warms my mama heart.
So three weeks ago I went and observed the class to check it out. The class has between 10 and 15 children. It is a good-sized group, though, the teacher mentioned to me if it gets much bigger they’re going to have to split into two classes. Not a bad problem to have, of course. The kids ranged from about 6 months to 3 years old. And they were all so cute. I always love when kiddos get so excited about things that they can’t keep still and this happens a lot in the class. Of course, you also have the shy ones who are more reserved during all of the activities, but they are no less adorable. I was excited to bring Otto back for his first class.
And we did just that this past Saturday. Our ever-observant boy watched everything with intense curiosity. He turned his head toward every noise and just watched as all the other kids and parents danced and sang. Toward the end of the class, he relaxed a bit and started getting excited and moving more to the music. I’m so excited to see him grow and develop as he attends the class.
Just because he is in music class now doesn’t mean we will stop enjoying music in our home. In fact, we will probably do even more listening and dancing now. But I am so happy to be involved in this class. Hopefully, one day, he will be as excited about it as I am.