FOLK MUSIC FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
LITTLE FOLKIES WAS CREATED BY IRENA EIDE, AND FEATURES OVER 40 ORIGINAL FOLK SONGS AND A WIDE REPERTOIRE OF LESSER-KNOWN TRADITIONAL FOLK SONGS FOR KIDS.
Little Folkies is an award-winning folk music class for children of all ages and their parents and caregivers. Music is such an important part of a child's early development, 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 child and parent through music and singing is one that will only strengthen and build, creative a loving foundation as they navigate through life.
MUSIC CLASSES ASSIST IN DEVELOPING LANGUAGE AND REASONING. MUSICAL TRAINING HELPS DEVELOP CHILDREN’S SPATIAL INTELLIGENCE.*
At Little Folkies we nurture the love for music that we all have, and inspire families to sing and play. We LOVE music, and enjoy discovering and sharing new and old songs along with rhythmic dance and movement, playfulness, musical games and fun activities that promote musical confidence in children 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.
MUSIC IS THE CREATIVE FABRIC OF OUR SOCIETY. CHILDREN WHO ARE EXPOSED TO MUSIC CLASSES ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE INTELLECTUALLY AND EMOTIONALLY DEVELOPED WITH EMPATHY FOR OTHER CULTURES. CHILDREN WHO TAKE MUSIC CLASSES TEND TO HAVE HIGHER SELF ESTEEM AND ARE MORE EQUIPT TO COPE WITH ANXIETY. *
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.
MUSIC FOSTERS THE IMAGINATION AND CURIOSITY FOR LEARNING. INTRODUCING MUSIC TO CHILDREN AT AN EARLY AGE HELPS FOSTER A POSITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS LEARNING. MUSICAL EDUCATION AIDS IN DEVELOPING THE IMAGINATION WHICH IS ESSENTIAL TO CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING.*
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.