Good-bye, So Long, Farewell, My Friends

Friday was Cutie Pie’s last Music Together class for the Fall.  He really enjoyed playing all of the instruments and trying out the props.  The classroom is really nice because it’s basically an empty room with a storage cabinet and an iPod on a table.  The kids and parents can run and play without running into or breaking anything.

Cutie Pie’s teacher is Miss Debra.  She’s fantastic.  Her music background comes through when she teaches.  From her liberal use of her pitch pipe to her conga drum solos, she’s amazingly well-suited for her job.  She also brings her 16-month-old daughter to class with her.  How great is that?  The only problem is that she’ll breastfeed at the drop of  a hat.  It can be a little bit uncomfortable at times.

Here are some photos from our last day.

Cutie Pie didn’t want to share the sticks with me so I was free to take pictures of him.  The song that we sang while playing the sticks gets stuck in my head.  One line is “stick, stick, stick, little stick, stick, pretty stick” in Spanish.  I sing it all. the. time.

The scarves were a hit last week.  The scarves are typically not a hit with Cutie Pie.  He usually runs in fear of them for some reason.  I guess it just took him 10 weeks to warm up to them and realize scarves don’t bite.

The gathering drum is a lot of fun.  The song that we sing while drumming is an interesting medley of “Little Liza Jane” and an African welcoming song.  They have the same tune so it makes for a very cool jam session.

There is free play time built into each class where the kids get to choose their own instruments to play from a huge pile in the center of the room.  That is probably Cutie Pie’s favorite part.  He loves to collect his instruments, play them and then help clean up.  He’s all about the entire process.  It’s so cute.

I think I’m going to have to sign him up for the Winter session.  Look at that face!  He loves his music class.