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.
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.
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, and 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!
early-bird gets the worm
Join us for our 12-week winter session from January 8th - March 30th. We have classes in at Noe Valley Ministry and MoBu Dance Studio in Noe Valley, Sprout in Mill Valley, and Berkeley Playhouse.
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.
More Music Offerings
In addition to our awesome family folk classes for little ones ages 0-5 and their grown-ups, we also offer big kids string band jam classes, as well as concerts and music for parties and events.
The best of the best
Little Folkies Teachers
Irena Eide - owner and creator of little folkies
Irena Eide is the owner and creator of Little Folkies and is also the composer of most of the songs in the curriculum. Irena has been teaching and developing the Little Folkies program for the past decade. She has written over 46 popular folk and bluegrass songs for children, all featured in the classes and performances. Irena has performed and taught music to kids and adults in the Bay Area for over a decade, and toured throughout the US. Irena still teaches on and off in the Bay Area and performs with The Little Folkies Family Band or solo depending on the gig. She always engages her audience both young and old with sing along songs, finger play, dance and just downright good music. Irena is also a songwriter and performs with her band Rainy Eyes. www.rainyeyesmusic.com.
Kelly McFarling is a favorite among the little folkies in her classes.
She's got a beautiful voice, and is playful, peaceful and energetic.
In addition to being a Little Folkies teacher she is also a notorized performer
and songwriter and has been traveling extensively back and forth across the country
performing with her band. Visit www.kellymcfarling.com to hear her music.
Sandy has been playing music with children of all ages for almost two years.
It has become her one of her greatest joys. She was classically trained as a child, both in voice and piano, and while she still honors her classical background, she enjoys the freedom of musical expression that is found in jazz and folk. She performs locally with her group, The Muted Jewel Tones. Sandy is available for private piano and voice lessons for both children and adults as well as beginner ukulele and guitar.
Sarah Ann Glass
Sarah began playing piano when she was just three years old learning under the Suzuki method developed by Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki. Musical training mainly by ear at such a young age allowed Sarah to teach herself many instruments later in life, including the harp, guitar, banjo, drums, ukulele, and singing! Sarah has worked musically with children all over the world, from India to South Africa to
California. She has a background in many types of music ranging from Ghanaian drumming to Indonesian Gamelan to acoustic folk guitar. Sarah received degrees in Psychology & Music from Tufts University, and studied the profound and wonderful affects music has on the mind, development, and health of both children and adults.
Kim has over 10 years of experience teaching instrumental music, theory, and performance to individuals of all ages. With a degree in music composition and recording technology from the prestigious Mills College, Kim has also apprenticed as a music therapist in hospice care facilities, taught early childhood music education, facilitated group/private lessons, and worked with special needs children to help improve communication skills and academic performance. In addition to teaching, Kim has also been a touring musician for more than 15 years, written songs for moving picture and commercial spots, and has most recently built a career as a location sound mixer for film and TV.
We are excited to have Kim back with Little Folkies and launching our program in Los Angeles!
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.