Since my youngest child was about 4 months old, he has always connected to me through music. The moment I started singing, his gaze would lock on mine. Now at 2, he sings along to music in the car and still is a musical soul. With his twin brother, we sing around the house all day long, and love to sing and dance together. So, I jumped at the chance to try a Music-in-the-Box class hosted by Music Masters and Ms. Ginger Acopiado.
Music-in-the-Box offers 6-week Music Masters classes that focus on musical intelligence and interaction between the child, teacher, and parent. Classes are grouped by age range, from ages 0 – 6 years.
My twins are just 2 years old, so we sampled “Music Masters 2” for ages 17-months through 3 years. This class is aimed at walkers to early talkers. Ms. Ginger was very welcoming when we got to class, and put my boys at ease, offering little animal toys for them to play with while settling into our spot. Ms. Ginger calmly introduced herself to each child while singing and giving them a sticker.
Ms. Ginger brought out some interesting little instruments for the kids to play. We moved on to marching around the room to the music identifying our tempo with their correct musical terminology, and then settled back on our carpet squares. For story time, Ms. Ginger had an interactive book with velcro animals that all the kids loved. They could attach the animals right to the book, which brought them right in. All the while soothing classical music was either playing or being sung.
Next came the scarves, which were on heads, and swung with the music while discussing colors. We all sang our favorite songs like ABC’s, Twinkle Twinkle and Ba Ba Black Sheep, and talked about how they had the same tune.
The highlight of the class for my boys was bubble time. Ms. Ginger has amazing bubbles that just slowly floated through the air and did not pop easily. But the best part was the beautiful music that was playing, it was very magical, as she encouraged the kids to catch the bubbles and try to pop them. It was very soothing and peaceful.
Overall, my boys loved the class. It was a pretty quick class, it felt like it flew by, but they were engaged for all of it. I enjoyed the pace, it kept moving along, but was a calmer experience. It’s a great mix of music, movement, and age appropriate learning.
Music-in-The Box Classes are offered all over Lake County. Many locations are on break for the summer, but they will be back in the fall. Go to their website for more information and a complete class schedule.
Editor’s Note: Now available this summer – Music-in-the-Box Drop-in Program. Afraid you will miss too many weeks with your busy summer schedule? Go to class via the Summer Drop-In program at Gurnee (sign in & pay at the desk), Libertyville (sign in & pay in the classroom, exact change, checks, or M/C Visa) and Round Lake (sign in & pay at the desk).
Visit website for more information and class schedules.
Disclosure: The writer of this post received a complimentary class to attend with her children in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are her own.