In case of inclement weather, Little Hands will follow the school schedule of the county/city in which class is held.
If schools are closed, Little Hands classes will be canceled.
If schools are open late, there will be no morning classes.
If schools close early, there will be no classes after 12 PM.
If “after school and evening activities” are canceled, there will be no classes after 2 PM.
All cancellations will be announced here on the website and on our office phone at 703-631-2046. Thanks for your understanding of how a school delay effects many of our families with older children and for our need to have a consistent, clear policy. We will do our best to add classes to the end of the semester to make up for missed classes due to weather cancellations.
Here’s an excerpt from “Lucy Lives at the Library” a song from our upcoming SING ME A STORY session…
From the pages of lovely children’s books spring themes of a silly mouse and a tall clock, a hushed evening walk in the forest, and head-to-toe dancing with some animal friends, to name a few adventures! We’ll enjoy wiggling, shaking and learning the patterns of some familiar tunes, as well as some soon-to-be favorites.
Register now and share this post if you have friends or family who might want to join us as Little Hands (and feet) make music!
Call 703-631-2046 to let us know you’d like to try a class before registering!
Ms. Margie was a member of the viola section of the Fairfax Symphony for 19 years and now is the principal viola with the Annandale Symphony. In 1990, Ms. Margie started narrating children’s’ shows sponsored by Fairfax Symphony. She narrates the Percussion Duo show and the Woodwind Quintet show in Fairfax County and in surrounding counties, and also in the Fairfax County parks in the summers.
Vanessa teaches at the Durant Center in Alexandria, Annandale Co-Op preschool and Dulles Play and Learn in Herndon. She has been teaching with Little Hands since 2007. Ms. Vanessa is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from Saint Mary of the Woods College in Indiana.
Her favorite thing about teaching music is being able to connect with others through music. Music has a way of bringing people together and creating a learning environment where children and their families experience joy and have fun! She wants each child and their family to take the songs from the classroom and sing them in the car and at home so that music becomes part of their daily lives.
Chip started doing musical things when he was 7 or 8 and then minored in music in college. He currently writes and records his own music as well as music for Little Hands. Chip’s favorite part of being a teacher is watching an activity grow and change as the children add their creative ideas to it. Chip knows that the kids love to move and that the drums are always exciting, so he often enjoys having students move to the drum and practice stop and starting. Children love variety so the instrument demos are also popular!!
Sandy teaches in Olney, Gaithersburg, and Mclean as well as several Child Care Centers. She has been working with Little Hands since 2004. Her favorite thing about being a teacher is getting to see the joy bubble up in a young child’s face during an “aha” moment! Not to mention getting to sing and dance and share the love and joy of music with others! She loves that there are so many wonderful ways to experience, explore, and enjoy music.
Our Little Hands Spotlight this month is Ms. Kathy who has been teaching with Little Hands for 16 great years!!!!
She teaches in Centreville (Compton Village) and Manassas as well as at the Dulles Montessori Preschool and Compass Homeschool Enrichment. She has a master’s degree in flute performance and has an Orff certification. Orff Schulwerk is an approach to music and movement pedogogy that offers an extensive training level.
The Little Hands Teacher Spotlight is on Ms. Beth, the beloved founder and director of Little Hands.
This semester Ms. Beth teaches at Ashburn, Annandale Preschool and Reston. She has studied voice, piano, and had some experience with guitar as well. She has Level One Orff Schulwerk Certification from GMU and completed many seminars and workshops in music, dance and early childhood. She loves teaching music because “music and movement are a language of the heart. To ‘speak with music’ is a fundamental way we humans are different. When we move and sing it connects us to an emotional form of communication that creates deep memory and a level of being with others that few other experiences afford. I love the connection music builds to bring out each person’s special song to be sung in the world.
Some of her greatest memories include witnessing the first steps children take during class! “These kinds of spontaneous milestones are some of my favorites. I also love listening to a child’s voice, both singing and telling stories. Those moments suspend time for me.”
Chip Carvell, composer and performer of many Little Hands songs, along with Kathy Preisinger, who plays flute and recorder on Little Hands CDs, will be there to lead sing-along time. Miss Sandy, Miss Beth, and many others will also be there for family music and movement time!
There will be signed books for sale – at a discount! – and CD’s and instruments to purchase for gift giving. Books can be “pre-ordered” or “reserved” in class next week. Proceeds will benefit the Little Hands, Helping Hands Scholarship fund.
This is a FREE event, with donation to the Western Fairfax food pantry. (Bring a canned or non-perishable food item to the party.)
Little Hands is offering this event as part of our year-long celebration of our 20th anniversary. Stay tuned for information about our Family Fun Fair in May.
It’s TIME TO COOK – with Little Hands music classes! Here’s the title song of our upcoming session…
We are so thrilled to offer you original music – this one written by Chip Carvell and recorded by Chip, Jackie Wright and Doug Martin, especially for Little Hands classes! Many more original songs (Yeah, I Might Try That, and Wash and Chop) as well as some old favorites (Rig-a-Jig-Jig and Tideo) will be featured in this fall’s music-making around kitchen fun. We’ll sing about planting seeds, dancing in the kitchen and make rhymes about pickles, potatoes, pumpkins and more!
“I’ll get out my pots n pans…!”
Register now and share this post if you have friends or family who might want cook up some great music this Fall!