Water, Water

Here’s an excerpt from “Hot Sand”  a song from our upcoming WATER, WATER session…

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Boats are rocking, ducks are splashing, and beach balls are bouncing! Familiar songs like Row Your Boat and Long Legged Sailor, along with some original tunes (Beach Ball, Hot Sand and more!) will delight your family. Row with us while Little Hands (and feet!) make music about water fun at the shoreline!

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A-rhythm-etic. The math behind the beats

“How many of you love rhythm?”

- Drummer Clayton Cameron gives a brief TED talk that shows that hip hop and jazz aren’t cooler than math—they simply rely on it. He calls it A-rhythm-etic!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkY-o07h7T4

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Teacher Spotlight: Miss Betsy

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Our Little Hands Teacher Spotlight this month is on Ms. Betsy who has been teaching in Ashburn, Brambleton and Reston for the last three years.  Her love of music began as a child when she started studying piano and flute.  She studied vocal performance at the College of William and Mary.  She started her career as a music teacher and continued to perform as a soloist in many churches, weddings, funerals and has been involved in catholic music ministry for 25 years.  She has been with the Master Singers of Virginia for 15 years.

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Little Hands Inclement Weather Policy – UPDATE

It’s a good time to remind you of our Inclement Weather Policy:

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.

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Sing Me a Story

Here’s an excerpt from “Lucy Lives at the Library”  a song from our upcoming SING ME A STORY session…

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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.

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Call 703-631-2046 to let us know you’d like to try a class before registering!

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Teacher Spotlight: Miss Margie

MissMargieMs. 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.

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Teacher Spotlight: Miss Vanessa

MissVanessaVanessa 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.
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Teacher Spotlight: Mister Chip

MisterChipChip 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!!

Excerpted from Teacher Spotlight on the Little Hands Facebook page. For more teacher profiles, “Like” us on Facebook!

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Teacher Spotlight: Miss Sandy

MissSandySandy 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.

Excerpted from Teacher Spotlight on the Little Hands Facebook page. For more teacher profiles, “Like” us on Facebook!

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Teacher Spotlight: Miss Kathy

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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.

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