August 31, 2017

Omaha Conservatory of Music’s Class For Young Kids

One thing I’ve discovered through my work at a children’s museum and taking my daughter to a music class for preschoolers: Even the youngest children benefit from music class. The ones that I’ve sat in on are a ton of fun for little ones. So, I was excited to hear about Omaha Conservatory of Music’s program, Music in the Morning. My kids are too old for this, but maybe yours are the perfect age.

Designed for children ages 2 and 3 to attend with an adult, this interactive and exploratory class will teach the fundamentals of music through movement, singing, and play. I’m happy Omaha Conservatory of Music asked for this sponsored post so I can share details with you (and a discount…read on!), because it sounds smartly designed for this age group.

Music in the Morning Is held every Tuesday from Sept. 12 through Oct. 24 from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at Omaha Conservatory of Music. Through playful exercises like playing the drums or creative movement to music, children explore music, plus get a good dose of social interaction.

Sounds like fun, right? My daughter was 5 when she took the class to learn the fundamentals of jazz music and a year later, she’s still talking about it. Music makes an impact!

 

To register for Music in the Morning

Music in the Morning starts Sept. 12, so you’re going to want to register soon. The class is $90, but readers can save $10 on registration with the exclusive code OHMY, so you only pay $80.

To get the discount, go online to Omahacm.org or call 402-932-4978. Use the code OHMY to get $10 off. The discount is good through Sept. 10!

Remember: This class is for children ages 2 and 3, and a parent or caretaker needs to attend with the child.

 

Omaha Music Conservatory Details

Music in the Morning

Where: Omaha Conservatory of Music, 7023 Cass St.

When: Tuesdays, Sept. 12 through Oct. 24, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.

Cost: $90 (Oh My! Omaha readers can save $10 off the price by using promo code OHMY)

 

Happy music making!

 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Omaha Conservatory of Music. All thoughts, opinions and typos in this post are my own.

November 1, 2016

Webop Music Class In Omaha

My preschooler loves music–don’t they all at that age?

But after eight weeks in Webop music class, Mooch now knows some basic jazz concepts that will help her learn an instrument, write music, or pursue whatever musical goal her heart desires later.

About Webop In Omaha

The evening Webop class getting instructions from their teacher, Ms. Susie.

The evening Webop class pretending to sing into a microphone with their teacher, Ms. Susie.

Mooch was enrolled in Webop, a program developed by Jazz at Lincoln Center and brought to Omaha by Omaha Performing Arts. I used to work at OPA, and was so excited when I heard about this program starting up in my hometown. It’s phenomenal. Disclaimer: OPA offered my daughter complimentary enrollment so I could tell you about it.

Band Week at Webop class at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

Band Week at the Webop music class at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

For the last two months, we’ve sang, we’ve improvised with instruments and our bodies, we’ve listened to the best story times sung by our wonderful teacher, Susie (who’s a well-known vocalist in our city and beyond).

I say “we” because parents or caretakers not only have to attend with their little one, they’re encouraged to participate.

Our schedule looked like this:

ABC’s of Jazz Curriculum
Week 1: Swing
Week 2: Blues
Week 3: Improvisation
Week 4: Band Week! A review of weeks 1-3
Week 5: Scat
Week 6: Call and Response
Week 7: Form
Week 8: Band Week! A review of weeks 5-7

Ms. Susie with some of the Webop preschoolers at the end of their eight-week program. The program was created by Jazz at Lincoln Center and brought to Nebraska by Omaha Performing Arts.

Ms. Susie with some of the Webop preschoolers at the end of their eight-week program. The program was created by Jazz at Lincoln Center and brought to Nebraska by Omaha Performing Arts.

Every class had a pianist to accompany us and play the melodies, and twice, the class had a band. The kids learned about the instruments and enjoyed playing call-and-response games with the musicians.

Sounds like a great program to you? A new session starts in the spring!

Webop Omaha Spring Classes

WeBop preschool music class in OMaha

Syncopators (4-5 years)

Tuesdays from 6 to 6:45 p.m.: Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14, Feb. 28, March 7, March 14 & March 21

* This is the class with our teacher, Ms. Susie. She was fabulous and my daughter adored her and pianist, Matt.

Stompers (2-3 years)

Thursdays from 10 to 10:45 a.m.: Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 16, March 2, March 9, March 16 & March 23

Gumbo Group (3-5 years)

Saturdays from 11 to 11:45 a.m.: Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18, March 4, March 11, March 18 & March 25

Want to sign up for Webop?

Sessions are eight weeks and cost $200 (there is a discount for second child in the same family). Get more program details and register online here!

Note: Our class was a mix of 3- to 5-year-olds. It’s an interesting interaction with the older children taking the lead in the beginning, followed by the young ones speaking up more and more as the weeks progressed. Now, they’re offering classes that divide that age range into two separate groups.

My tip for picking a class: Keep your child’s schedule in mind. I signed us up for an evening class because we had soccer on Saturday mornings and I work full-time, so it it was our only option…but wow, 6  p.m. was a crapshoot if my daughter was in the mood to follow directions. Saturday morning’s would’ve been perfect for her.

September 21, 2016

Can A Preschooler Learn Jazz?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Omaha Performing Arts. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own and based on my family’s experience at WeBop. This post contains affiliate links. Oh My! Omaha is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

webop-title

 

I’ll be honest with you, I loved the premise of WeBop when I first heard it, but was a little skeptical about just how much learning a preschool jazz class could entail.

I got my answer after the first session.

We got home and my daughter insisted she needed to perform a concert before bedtime. She recruited her big brother to play percussion on a pail.

I had to pick a song from WeBop: A Family Jazz Party for them to play along to. Loudly.

Thanks a lot, WeBop.

My kid digs jazz.

And apparently, she has band leader potential.

 

What is WeBop?

Our late afternoon WeBop class starts off with playing along with a song using various musical instruments and call-and-response.

It turns out, my preschooler wasn’t the only kid in Omaha making music. Other classmates from her WeBop class have been composing – as only 3- to 5-year-olds could – their own music about playdates and dinosaurs.

Omaha Performing Arts brought WeBop, a preschool program created by Jazz at Lincoln Center, to Omaha this year. This fall is the first session. Parents attend and participate with their 3- to 5-year-old, learning about jazz through songs, dance, books and play. I go into detail about it in this post

We sing and dance a lot in class.

Since improvisation is a cornerstone of jazz, WeBop introduces in it to preschoolers in a fun way - like making sounds and pretending to be an airplane. My son took this picture - you can see me in the background with very weak wings.

Since improvisation is a cornerstone of jazz, WeBop introduces it to preschoolers in a fun way – like making sounds and pretending to be an airplane. My son took this picture – you can see me in the background looking like an angry airplane with weak wings.

It’s a pretty cool experience partly due to the teacher, Susie, who happens to be a well-known jazz vocalist in Omaha (check out her allmusic.com page!). Accompanying her is Matt, a talented pianist. I’m sure he’s probably got an allmusic.com page too.

Anyway. Susie sings, Matt plays, and we sing or play along too. The drums are a big hit every time they’re brought out in class.

Each class so far has had a few minutes of drumming. Children may practice playing solo, improvising or copying what their teacher, Susie, plays.

Each class so far has had a few minutes of drumming. Children may practice playing solo, improvising or copying what their teacher, Susie, plays.

 

My daughter loves all of it. I mean, LOVES it.* 

She bows after each song in class, people.

It’s like she discovered the lure of the spotlight already.

* The class is 45 minutes long, so toward the end of it, her love starts dissolving into a puddle.

 

Keep the learning going at home

At our first class, parents were given a packet that included the curriculum for each week. In it, we were able to see which songs we heard in class, which book was read, and we were reminded which topic we covered (Week #1 – Swing, for instance). It also gave us tips to bring each lesson home.

Here are a sample of my daughter’s favorites:

1. Listen to jazz recordings and let your body swing to beats 2 and 4.

2. Sing a favorite book in a blues style.

3. Create a musical story using different sounds you find in your surrounds. (I call this, “bang on everything as you walk by.”)

 

Want to WeBop?

WeBop preschool music class in OMaha

The fall session is in full swing. See what I did there?

You can get class details here; I recommend starting from the beginning so your child gets the most out of WeBop. I’ll let you know when they announce the next session.

September 1, 2016

WeBop, A Preschool Music Program, Comes To Omaha

There’s no secret I love all the arts and entertainment offerings in Omaha. There are so many opportunities to see great performances at world-class venues.

One of the newest arts offerings in Omaha is for the youngest kiddos out there: WeBop. When I was working at Omaha Performing Arts, I had heard about this phenomenal preschool program developed by Jazz at Lincoln Center. The word was it was coming to Omaha. And now it’s here!

WeBop preschool music class in OMaha

OPA invited me to attend this program with my preschooler to tell you about it. How could I resist? This program introduces 3- to 5-year-olds to core concepts of jazz through movement, songs, storytelling and play. The fun part about these 45-minute sessions is that a parent or guardian has to attend too – so I’ll be learning right alongside my daughter.

Stay tuned as I share photos and details about our experience in the upcoming weeks! This will be a great opportunity for both of us as music lovers, so I appreciate the complimentary registration in exchange for you all about the program.

When does WeBop start?

Omaha Performing Arts starts WeBop classes next week, so if you’re interested in enrolling your little one, don’t wait! There are three session times to choose from: Tuesdays from 6 to 6:45 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 to 9:45 a.m.; and Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. The program runs for eight weeks and costs $200 per child (it can include up to two adults). There is a 10% discount for the second child. Sessions are from Sept. 6 through Oct. 29 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

 

If you go

WeBop

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

When: Sept. 6 through Oct 29; three session times to choose from (Tuesdays from 6 to 6:45 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 to 9:45 a.m.; and Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.)

Cost: $200; register online at TicketOmaha.com