Thunderstruck!

We had a great last class of the session with our Robertson House participants this week. I wanted to really go out with a bang, so I presented the Thunder Drum as the instrument of the week. This mysterious idiophone had everyone in awe as we passed it around and tried to understand how vibrations become sound. It was nice to see some great teamwork with a pair of siblings playing the drum together. At the end of class, families were happy to receive their certificates and some gifts for attending the session. There are such great families and staff at Robertson House!

 

Mysterious Sounds!

We had a relaxing class at Robertson House this week with all babies and their moms. After singing a soothing version of The More We Sing Together and flying around the room on our Zoom Zoom Zoom spaceship, we sat down to play our instrument of the week, the shruti box. Moms and babies alike were entranced by this mysterious Indian drone instrument and had a great time shifting its levers around to change the pitch. Looking forward to our last class next week!

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Family Drum Circle!

This week's featured instruments at Robertson House were the goblet drums – specifically the djembe and the darbuka. At first, we took turns passing the drums around and trying to learn a rhythm all together. The drums were such a hit that they stuck around during our jam. During the jam, I observed a mom and her son, each with their own drum, jovially playing each other's drums while laughing and smiling. It was a true family drum circle! Great to see! Looking forward to more great moments in our next class.

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Frog Face Fun

We had a great time with our Robertson House participants this week. We had a small but enthusiastic crowd of kids aged 0-5 with their parents. I always love doing our Little Green Frog song, as it gets the kids and their parents acting a little silly together. One girl in particular did a great job sticking out her tongue for our silly frog face as we sang, which her mom quite enjoyed. It's always great to see parents and children having fun together!

A Busy Bus!

We had a big crowd at our Robertson House class today! There was dancing and singing galore with kids from ages 0-5. The kids were very mindful of sharing when we were passing our instruments around, and the grown-ups were very engaged! I couldn’t help but grant the wish of one child when he enthusiastically requested Wheels On The Bus. His hands were already doing the rolling action so away we went!

Snap! Snap! Snap!

We had a great range of ages today in our Robertson House class with great participation from the parents. It’s always so nice to see the young babies especially responding to the sounds of the music. We had a lot of fun snapping our castanets for our rendition of Crocky Crocodile. Everyone was snapping with the tempo! Looking forward to next week’s class.

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Clap and Blink!

We had a small but fun class at Robertson House this week with another class of all babies. We had many laughs during our time, the greatest of which came when we were singing a clapping song. We noticed that a few babies couldn’t help but blink each time we clapped. It’s always great to see the kids physically reacting to the music! Funny too!

Baby Time!

We had a great class today of all babies and moms. It’s always a pleasure to get the opportunity to give the babies extra attention. Some special moments included singing Hello to newborn twins for the first time and trying to all play the same rhythm on the spoons, our instrument of the week. I look forward to more great classes to come!

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Cozy and Cute

I received a warm welcome at Robertson House after coming in from the cold wind. One of the staff members told me that some families had moved away, so it was a bit of a small group, but all of the moms who attended were happy to be able to share some music with their kids. They were a bit shy to begin with, singing extremely quietly, but they still engaged with the kids and helped them with hand signs. I did a lot of body part songs, as those seemed to be the ones that kept the parents engaged with their kids, taking time to cuddle them in between verses. Everybody absolutely loved the parachute, bouncing it to James Brown's I Feel Good. I have a feeling everybody left feeling that way too.

Teamwork!

We had a very positive class this week at Robertson House with lots of singing and laughter! It was great to see one mom in particular working with her two year old son to do all the actions to our rendition of Wake Up My Hands. Her son was laughing and smiling as she did all the actions with him. The class also got a real kick out of our instrument of the week – the cowbell. It really got us moooo-ving! Looking forward to more great classes!