After having my son, I’m finally pursuing an idea that I had while I was in graduate school. While studying Ethnomusicology at the University of Washington in Seattle, I met musicians and music researchers from all over the world. I always wanted to start a “mommy and me” type of music class for babies and toddlers, and it seemed natural to incorporate my work in Ethnomusicology and World Music into these classes. When children are exposed to rhythms, languages and tonalities other than the culture that they live in, they internalize the patterns in a way different from adults. We all know that babies are sponges, and that exposing them to other languages from birth gives them a significant advantage to becoming global citizens. Our motto is Think Global, Play Local! Your child will dance and interact with traditional children’s music from all over the world, while developing social, cognitive, dexterity and general music skills along with way.
I’ve been an active music teacher to children and adults of all ages and levels for over 15 years, and have taught in upstate New York, Seattle, Detroit and Annapolis. I received my Bachelor’s in Music at Ithaca College in 2005, and my Master’s in Music from the University of Washington in 2010. Teaching music is my greatest passion, and I feel incredibly lucky and blessed to be doing what I love and sharing music with people every day.
Clara is an Annapolis native, mother to three-year-old Auggie and one-year-old Frank. She has 5 years of childcare experience (not including her own kids!) She is the baby-whisperer element to Let’s Groove! She received her undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University in Rehabilitation Services on the Occupational Therapy track. She plans on pursuing a masters degree once her preschoolers head off to kindergarten.