What it is: Music with Mar., led by Ms. Laurie, is a national, researched-based educational & engaging music class designed by Maryann Harman. It's designed for toddlers & preschoolers and their care-givers (moms, dads, grandparents, nannies, etc). Children are exposed to puppets, books and music and will have the opportunity to sing, dance and play instruments (yes, even those 1 year olds!). Classes are 45 minutes long and are designed to enhance & promote basic social, motor, language and cognitive skills.
**As of 4/11, there's also another Music with Mar class in town, lead by Pearly B near Southpoint Mall. See link below for exact schedules for both instructors.
What we liked: Ms. Laurie has small children of her own, and she does a great job of keeping even the most rambunctious toddlers in check. My toddler adores her and is always excited to attend the class. The class is about 45 minutes, and there are two classes held each week. Both are at 10:00 AM (Monday: Hope Valley Farms Clubhouse, Tuesday: Hope Valley Baptist Church). Both locations have great, shaded parks, and several of the parents/caregivers take their children to the parks for playtime and lunch. In comparison to other area music classes, Ms. Laurie class is very inexpensive, and the cost of the class is per FAMILY. So, if you bring siblings,there is no additional charge per child. However, if you bring another child that is NOT a sibling, there is an additional class charge for him/her. A family can drop in for a music class for $7 or a discount is offered if you buy 5 classes/$30. No registration is necessary and there is no commitment. You can drop in at either location, as your schedule allows.
What we would change: There are no age specific classes. If there were age specific classes offered, we would likely attend those classes as well, but the varying ages adds a little extra entertainment to the class.
Website and other important information:
E-mail address: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
NC Schedule: http://musicwithmar.com/class-listings#nc