We believe the sooner a child learns they can play music with others, the more likely they are to become a life-long musician! Groove's Exploration Bands nurture communication, cooperation and creativity. And match the high energy and big curiosity of young music makers.
Our fluencies-first, game-based method lays the essential groundwork so that your child can ultimately pursue any musical path they choose.
Little Songwriters (3-4 years)
WITH GROWN-UP. A perfect introduction to creating music with others. Designed expressly for 3-4 year olds who are ready to explore body beats, rhythm and rhymes, and songwriting (yes, you can!) Class highlights include: sing-alongs, movement games, a drum circle, sing-a-story and a deep dive into your 3-year olds spirited, colorful imagination. A groovy grown up attends class each week. Great preparation for drop-off MiniKeys classes.
DROP-OFF. Each week our band plays games that focus on key musical concepts of rhythm, melody and harmony to open their ears and stretch their musical minds. Game-based learning is infused into sing-alongs, drum circles, full body games (aka Rock Pit), original songwriting and time on the bandstand with drums, keyboard, LOOG mini 3-string guitar and microphone. Bandmates "level up" as musical concepts become more fluid and familiar.
Jam Band 101 (6 -8 years)
DROP-OFF Appropriate for older kids just starting out and those with 1+ years of Groove Band experience.In this super collaborative environment, kids continue to develop music fluencies by playing games in class and reinforcing learning at home with video and audio supplements. Jam Band 101 kids practice basic technique on guitar, keys, microphone and drums, learn composition and how each fluency fits together to make a song and find the instrument that truly excites them. All while building confidence in their creativity and finding joy through music.
We'll play games that explore all the musical fluencies: RHYTHM, HARMONY, MELODY, SONGWRITING
We'll play games that explore all of the bandstand instruments: KEYBOARD, DRUMS, GUITAR/BASS, MICROPHONE
We'll play games that tune in to our full musical selves: EYES, EARS, BRAIN, BODY BEATS
This rich, multi-level Exploration Band curriculum has been developed in partnership with the extraordinary game-makers at Brooklyn Music Factory.
Who is ready to level up from our family classes? Let's GO!
"(The twins) have really been enjoying their Groove band. And I've found them making up their own songs on multiple occasions. It's so sweet! Thank you for showing that music is so much fun!" ***
"Love the video and thanks for all you’ve done for them throughout the year. It was so much fun. D was a late add to the Dude Band but he loved it and thinks it will be the next Foo Fighters....Thank you Lesley!!" ***
"My daughter has genuinely enjoyed the classes and her bandmates. She sings the songs all week and demonstrates things she learns in class. Her listening skills and social skills have improved greatly, which is an unexpected bonus!" ***
"My guy loves the individualized attention, naming his own band and the fact that he can jump around and be physical while learning about music! He always feels special and truly seen in his band"