About Little Groove
Little Groove classes are a wonderful way to help your child have fun and also learn and reach important developmental milestones. We have an amazing group of teachers who all sing and play guitar. All our teachers are certified as Little Groove music instructors and are also professional teaching artists.
Each activity has a learning objective. Little Groove classes specialize in children from 3 months up to 4 years of age. We not only do musical activities in the classroom, we also have stacking cups, balls, trains, cars, pom poms, large Legos, bubbles, a parachute and colored scarves along with some other fun educational learning toys.
Our musical instruments for the children to use with their caregiver include drums, maracas, tambourines and we have recently added xylophones and rhythm sticks.
Every activity is done to live music! We also have two teachers in every class. Children interact at their own level with the help of the teacher assistant and the caregiver. The teachers give learning tips to the caregivers to use in class and at home.
From Sara Wheeler the Director:
"The most important thing I can stress as a music and early childhood curriculum writer is that children are REALLY like sponges and everything we do as caregivers is teaching them. Being in a class like Little Groove is what I would call active learning. Active learning includes doing more than a few things at once!! Watching TV is not active learning because children are not using their bodies to respond to the TV. In a music class they are in a multi- sensory learning environment. That means they can hear and feel the vibrations of live music. Children are interacting with the teachers and caregiver in a loving supportive environment. They are shaking a maraca and learning concepts such as slow, fast, up, down, quiet, loud and learning to stop and go when the music starts. This multi- tasking is so important for early childhood development. I could go on and on with what a child learns in the first three years of life. I will only mention one more amazing early childhood miracle and that is learning to communicate needs through body language and words.
We live in a challenging time as parents because of our fast paced society and also technology and how it is affecting the social skills of our children and how they learn. I am all for stepping back in time and having children in our classes be hands on and learning to resolve conflicts like sharing and transitioning. All of these are important skills that children learn in the early part of life."
Come check out a class and join us. We promise you, you and your child will have a blast and learn at the same time.
Our teachers ROCK!
We have classes all over the city at multiple times and locations. So check out our Little Groove Registration page to see class locations and availability.
Sara Wheeler, (Little Groove founder) mom of two, has been working with children of all age groups for over 15 years. After having her own children she realized that there was a lack of music programs in the Boston area that fit the developmental needs of infants and toddlers. She wanted to make a program that helped children develop better communication skills, trust, language and overall well being. Music, beats and tones can help a child in so many ways. Music is comforting, exciting, expressive, and fun. A child's brain is continuously developing and needs many different types of stimuli. Little Groove music classes incorporate sight, sound and touch. Music is a language of it's own that adds so much joy to the world and is something that an individual can engage in for their whole life. Sara Wheeler's classes are conducted in a live music setting. During the class teachers perform songs playing live instruments. These songs are fun, catchy and repetitive and help teach your child about his/her environment. Children interact at their own level. The classes also incorporate brightly colored instruments that your child can touch, feel and shake.
“Little Groove has been a staple for our family. We love how the teachers interact with the children and make them all feel special. Your classes are the only ones we have taken so far that we continue to come back to. We are always learning new things.”
Best, Thea - Mom
“Hands down the best music class we have taken - and we have tried quite a few! Can't recommend Little Groove enough!"
Best, JP - father of 3