little folkies | an award-winning music class
old-time, and bluegrass
music for kids.
Little Folkies is an award-winning folk music class for children ages 0-5 and their parents and caregivers. We offer weekly classes at multiple locations throughout the Bay Area in San Francisco, Berkeley and Mill Valley. Our amazing instructors are all natural, sincere, energetic, engaging, and professional musicians proficient on their instruments such as guitar, banjo, fiddle, ukulele and talented singers, as well as dedicated music teachers. The class is 40 minutes long and is a perfect arc that engages students throughout with our repertoire of wonderful old and original folk tunes. Classes feature finger play, hand movement, clapping, singing along, call and response, dance, and hands-on, all-acoustic, live instrument jamming with sustainable wooden instruments and much more.
little folkies collection | a song for every season
Seriously good folk music - not for kids only!
The Little Folkies song collection spans four volumes (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall) of amazing, original, and obscure traditional folk songs for children. The recordings feature bluegrass legends such as Peter Rowan (Bill Monroe, Old And In The Way), Blaine Sprouse (Bill Monroe, The Osbourne Brothers, Jimmie Martin), Paul Knight (Peter Rowan Bluegrass band, Sharon Gilchrist (Uncle Earl), Avram Siegel (Kathy Kallick) and more. You can purchase the books and CD's at the shows or online at www.littlefolkies.com.
Spring Schedule Up now!
Join us for our spring session beginning the week of April 3rd in Noe Valley and Mill Valley, and April 10th in Berkeley. We offer classes in at Noe Valley Ministry and MoBu Dance Studio in Noe Valley, Sprout in Mill Valley, and Berkeley Playhouse. Plus, we pro-rate weekly!
We never want cost to be a factor that prevents little ones and their parents from attending Little Folkies. Please click here to apply for reduced rates through our scholarship program.
More Music Offerings
We offer ukulele classes for kids ages 4-6, as well as concerts and music for parties and events.
San Francisco | Berkeley | Mill Valley
We are proud to offer classes in multiple locations around the Bay Area. We also teach at preschools around the Bay, as well as private house classes. Each location has its own charm and beauty with big, bright spaces, safe for tots and babies to crawl around.
noe valley ministry | Sf
1021 sanchez street
We are so lucky to get to do the majority of our classes at this lovely San Francisco mainstay. Noe Valley Ministry is located right off 24th Street and the Muni stops just a block away at Church and 24th!
MoBu Dance | SF
1605 Church Street
This is our original location back it all started back in 2009. Located just two blocks from our old studio in San Francisco. The Muni stops right outside!
julia morgan | Berkeley
2640 College Avenue
The Julia Morgan Theatre at Berkeley Playhouse is a beautiful old theatre. Entrance to the studio is on the left side of the building, down the path and through the sliding doors.
Sprout | Mill valley
12 Miller Avenue
Little Folkies has been offering classes at Sprout Mill Valley since 2013! Sprout is an eco-friendly, sustainable, and organic children’s store.
Little Folkies Videos
Enjoy this little intro to our classes, made at our old studio on Church Street, as well as a few fun clips from our recent shows at Sweetwater Music Hall.
More Parent Testimonials
"Little Folkies is a music class not to be missed. Brilliant, seasonally oriented and original compositions will delight your little one with engaging lyrics, melodies, and rhythms. Before you know it, you'll be stomping your feet and roaring like a lion with the same enthusiasm as your kids! Little Folkies is the apotheosis of music classes for children. In short, just go. You and your kids are in for a fantastic time!"
Andrew & Kelly -Mill Valley Parents
"Our daughter can't stop talking about going to music class. She has been in the class on Church the past few semesters and loves it. You guys even inspired our nanny to take guitar lessons!"
Debbie L. - Noe Valley Parent
"This music class is an unforgettable experience. The owner/creator Irena has such a passion and incredible talent for writing beautiful songs, and the classes she creates around her catalogue of music are captivating and so much fun! In addition to Irena, this place is staffed by some of the most talented bay area musicians you can find, which makes every class unique. Little Folkies is a perfect way to have fun with your little one, in a relaxed, warm, and organic musical environment. Plus from my experience, the music performed in LF classes is something that parents and caretakers love as well. You won't find any annoying/cheesy kids music here....only lovely folky ballads and stories set to music that will be stuck in your head all week :)I would highly recommend checking out one of the many bay area locations to experience a class for yourself!"
"Thank you so much for attending our two year old's birthday party and leading a wonderful song circle. It was basically her dream come true to have Little Folkies at her house! She had so much fun! We have been enjoying Little Folkies for about a year and a half now, it's such a great concept with great songs! Thank you for sharing your talent with us."
M.L - Berkeley Parent
"I asked my almost three year old daughter to describe the music of Little Folkies, and she said, “It makes me feel happy.” The original songs weave an idyllic country landscape of rolling hills, enchanted animals and imaginary journeys. Their music captures the ineffable delight and wonder of childhood, but it’s not solely for children. It’s music for families – music to be loved, sang and remembered by all, for lifetimes. The classes bring the genuine sentiment of their music to life, with abundant singing-along, dancing, clapping and stomping. These happenings are as beloved by my child as they are by me. The spirit of their sound is best summed up by one of their lyrics,“ all join in and gather round while we make that joyful sound.”
Paula H. - San Leandro Mother and Child
"Little Folkies is the highlight of our week. I'm not sure who's the bigger fan - my son or me. The quality of the music and the classroom experience is really outstanding. You can immediately sense the love and expertise that has gone into creating such a special music class for children. As my son loves to sing every morning, "Four, three, two, one...BLAST OFF!!"
Caroline K. - Noe Valley Parent
Music are our roots
Our Philosophy & Mission
Music is such an important part of a child's early days, and the more positive musical experiences we share with them early on, the stronger their foundation is for musical competence later in life.
There is so much to learn from a little song, and the connection made between baby and parent through music and singing is one that will only strengthen and build a loving, trusting relationship throughout life.
Here at Little Folkies we nurture the love for music that we all have, and inspire young families to sing and play. We LOVE music, and enjoy discovering and sharing new and old songs along with rhythmic dance and movement, silliness, musical games and fun activities that promotes musical confidence in the little ones as well as the adults.
Our highest priority is quality over quantity, and for the music in class to be as fun and inspiring to the parents as it is to the child. We have a new collection of music for each season, with a wide repertoire of original and traditional folk, old-time and bluegrass songs for children.
Each song is accompanied by finger play, hand movement, foot-stomping, hand-clapping, dancing, or instrument jamming. There is never a dull moment during the 40-minute class, our goal is for every person to leave elated and invigorated with melodies and tunes ringing fresh in their mind as class members go about with their day. Music is within us all, and it brings happiness into our lives and brightens the day, rain or shine. Come let out your music at your local Little Folkies class!
We also strive to make the classes and the music accessible and available to everyone by offering a scholarship program and community classes when we can.
We welcome all races, all religions
all countries of origin, all sexual orientations
all genders <3
Little Folkies Scholarships
Little Folkies is a small, family-owned music program with a love and a mission for bringing music to little ones in our community. If you’d like to attend our classes but cost is a factor, please click here to apply for a reduced rate through our scholarship form.