Music Together May 2014
May 2014 HMT Blog Post Newsletter
Jumpin’ Josie It’s May!
Is it May already?! May seemed to sneak up on us as we have been jumpin’, wigglin’, and singin’ this Spring semester. “Jumpin’ Josie” is the perfect song to adapt to the different milestones your little ones are working on right now – crawlin’, walkin’, climbin’, to hoppin’ on one foot – and it is a fun way to encourage the kiddos. Hopefully as they get older they will also share their own ideas on how to move with Josie which is an example of how music programs help children work on leadership and sharing skills.
Thank You for Your Support!
Each day we are thankful for all the joy and kindness we have in the Hummingbirds Music Together community! Thank you to all that came out and supported the special fundraiser to help the very special Lawes family! More than 100 people joined together and provided an evening of true generosity. With all the challenges in life and especially what the Lawes family is enduring, it is beautiful to see the out pouring of love and kindness! Thank you all!
Saturday, May 17th: Kickstart Your Summer!
WRCJ 90.9 FM and the Detroit Public Schools Foundation invite you to KICKSTART YOUR SUMMER on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Detroit’s classical and jazz public radio station will broadcast live with hosts Dave Wagner and Chris Felcyn from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (315 E. Warren Ave. in Detroit). This is a free, fun-filled event for everyone…especially kids and families looking for arts and educational events this summer. Enjoy continuous live entertainment, 30 exhibitors, and a Kids’ Fun Room which includes an instrument “petting zoo” as well as other fun activities. Stop by and say “hi” to Miss Sarah and Hummingbirds Music Together! Visit wrcjfm.org for more details
Monday, May 26th: Memorial Day – Monday 9:30 and 10:30 classes will NOT run
Week of May 26: After each class this week, your teacher will host an optional 15 minute parent education session. This session we will take an in-depth look at the growth chart and how to look for developmental music milestones in your child. We will provide a fun coloring sheet and crayons for the children to enjoy during the discussion. Parents are welcome to bring a snack for their children as we do understand timing may be close to lunch or dinner.
May 19 – May 30 Summer Pre-Registration with $10 Discount
May 29th: Summer registration open to the public
Week of June 9 – 14: Last official week of Spring semester. Monday classes finish on Monday, June 16th.
Any classes that had a cancellation will have a make-up class this week – your teacher will notify you!
Week of July 14: Summer session starts
Summer Sing & Sign – Every Fourth Friday in June, July, & August, 10:00 – 11:00 am: Join us for Sing & Sign this summer at the Rotary Tot Lot in Grosse Pointe. This fun interactive event incorporates singing, sign language, rhythm and movement and afterwards the kiddos can also enjoy making a craft. The Grosse Pointe MomPrenuers are excited to bring this back for a second year in a row! The Rotary Tot Lot is located at the corner of St. Clair and Waterloo in the City of Grosse Pointe.
Heat Breaks At the Canton Library: We are scheduling a few fun sessions with the Canton Public Library for everyone to take a break from the summer sun and get their music on! We will share the dates as soon as they are confirmed. For our friends already enrolled in Hummingbirds Music Together classes, we will also plan to meet afterwards for a picnic lunch and playdate at Heritage Park near the library.
We Are Building Basic Music Competence Every Day!
Music Together defines basic music competence in very simple terms – a child is musically competent when he or she can sing in tune with accurate rhythm. This sounds basic as everyone should be able to carry a tune, right? Unfortunately in the US, fewer and fewer people can carry a tune or keep a beat these days, even though everyone has the potential. The good news is that all people can achieve basic music competence and with early music experience children are likely to sing in tune and carry a beat by age three or four. Ask your teacher if you have any questions regarding your child’s progression.
We Want to Socialize with You!
Don’t forget to check out Hummingbirds Music Together on Facebook and on Twitter at @hummingbirdsmt We are working on new Spring and Summer contests so make sure to “Like” and “Follow” our pages so you will receive regular updates and can participate in future online activities.
Thank you again for helping build a loving and nurturing community in the name of music,
Sarah Boyd, Director & Teacher
Hazimah Sovoda, Teacher
Emily Schienke, Teacher
Henry Bahrou, Grosse Pointe Music Academy School Director