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Kids Making Music

From toddlers to teenagers, Parents TV’s Anne Ebeling explores kids hitting the high notes at all ages.

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-Hello, happy Holly, so happy to see you. Hello, happy Holly, so happy to see you. -At Apple Seeds in New York City, you're never too little to make beautiful music. Apple Seeds is one of hundreds of locations around the world that offers the Music Together program. -Music Together is introducing children to music, exposing them to music. The idea sort of that everybody is musical, so the emphasis is really on, like, the adult participation. We say it doesn't matter if you can't sing, sing out. When the moms are really singing and clapping along, the kids are more engaged. -Robin likes to play guitar, play guitar, play guitar. Robin likes to play guitar all day long. -In Music Together, kids from birth to age 4 and their caretakers can get into the groove. -I think Music Together is a great program. You know, I see beyond just seeing children become more musical. Besides that, I see all kinds of things. You know, I see little changes in them. I see them become-- I see shy kids, who when they start, like, they won't leave their mother. I see them sort of come out of their shell, you know? I see them become more talkative, more brave. I see them become, like, more independent. -Shirley Kong brings her 18-month-old Allegra every week. -We learn songs that she can sing at home, things you can sing in the car. You don't need to-- you don't need any instruments, you can just kind of do it whenever you want, so it's nice. -And it's not just the little ones that benefit from an interactive music class like Music Together. -I need music. I bet you do too, you know, and I think that, you know, most everyone does, and interestingly enough, a lot of the parents that come in think they can't carry a tune or whatever, and they're relieved to know that it's nothing that-- it's not a deficiency in them. It's probably that they did not grow up in a musical environment. I'm just as happy as seeing the joy in the parents actually and the caregivers as the little ones. -Alison Qualter Berna and Allison Schlanger opened Apple Seeds, an all-in-one play place for children and families after meeting in a Music Together class. -My business partner, Allison Schlanger and I met in Music Together. I guess it's about 2 years ago now, 2-1/2 years ago when our twin-- my twin girls were 5 months old and her twin boys were 6 months old, and I find it to be one of the most fantastic programs out there musically for children in terms of how a child developed both rhythmically and [unk]. It's a fun class and you don't even understand when it's so fun that actually there's a method to all that behind it. There really is a musical development process happening for a baby. -Shirley Kong says that when looking for a music class, parents should seek a program in which they play a part as well. -Definitely look for one where I think the parents are-- or even the nannies and the caretakers are really involved, so you definitely wanna find a class where people are enthusiastic and there's a good mix of children, so that there's a really good, high level of energy in the class and they have a lot of fun. -There's also plenty you can do at home to introduce your child to music like listening to your favorite CD and singing with your child. You can also buy instruments like these to use at home. But once baby gets older, it's time for a more grownup music class, and there's no better place for kids to rock out than The Paul Green School of Rock Music. -It's a place where kids can come and, you know, learn about music and all that but I think most importantly learn about hard work and dedication and creativity and all those kind of things. -At The School of Rock, kids take one-on-one lessons, rehearse together and perform together after school and on weekends. -[unk] for one program. -Take a lesson; do a rehearsal; play onstage. That's how everybody who got great at music got great at music. If you look at it, Hendrix played in all these bands; Stephen Stills, Jimmy Page. -Through my work in The School of Rock, I've gotten to tour nationally as well as in Germany and Canada and play with King Crimson members, John Wetton and Adrian Belew, and Zappa members, Ike Willis and Mike Keneally, and I'm John Anderson of Yes. -A 17-year-old guitarist, Matt Johnson joined The School of Rock 4 years ago after reading a flyer that was passed around at his school. -It has taught me great things about myself. As a musician, it has helped me become confident, and it has also increased my musicality. Seeing these great heroes on stage makes you think, well, I really gotta get good to play with these people. -[unk] you don't seem to care. -Teen vocalist, Emilio Richmond says all kids should be exposed to music in some way. -Because I think that music should be an important part of everybody's life or else they'll be really boring and I mean they should at least-- even if they're not gonna stick with it forever, they should at least, like, learn some part of it. -But how can you tell if your child is ready for a real lesson? -F, F, C, C, D, D, D, D. -When they have enough of an attention span to sit through a lesson and actually practice, you know, we don't-- you know, if you practice half an hour a day, 5 days a week, you'll get really good really fast. So once a kid can handle that kind of practice regimen, they're ready, and sometimes there are 8-year-olds who aren't quite ready and 5-year-olds who are. So we-- you know, we don't really have a hard lower-age limit. We just want, you know, to talk to the parents and make sure the kid has the patience. -Once he or she develops the patience, they might just be ready to rock. -All kinds of other people are gonna say kids who study music do better at math and all this kind-- that's stupid. This is the greatest thing ever. You know, we all love music so much and just to be able to experience it from both sides, to really study it and listen to it and then to play it on stage, it's-- it's its own reward, and I think if kids learn to be creative and learn a lot of hard work, then those rewards will transfer across everything else they do, but even if they don't, playing music is the most wonderful thing in the world. -Thank you for watching Parents TV, our families, our lives.