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WINTER 2021

Music By The Season classes will be held online this Winter.  During the season we will be talking and singing about things like keeping warm, putting on our winter clothes, walking in the snow, Jack Frost, hibernation, and the tough animals like certain birds, rabbits, squirrels and foxes who can live in winter climates.

Registration can be done via the form at the bottom of the home page.

Music By The Season is an educational seasons-inspired group music program founded by songwriter, guitarist, and educator Alison Notkin and designed to get little ones and their caregivers singing songs, moving to rhythm and music, discovering instruments and thinking about music and nature together in a fun and relaxed environment.  

Our classes incorporate singing, musical activities, instrument exploration, and movement. The songs we sing are based on seasonal and nature themes and are Alison's original compositions, children's folk songs from around the world, and songs from, or inspired by the Rudolf Steiner tradition. Props are used to support the songs and often represent sounds, systems, and movements in the music.  Exploration of the xylophone, glockenspiel, ukulele, harp, djembe, large gathering drum, and multiple percussion instruments is done through song and activity. Movement exercises are incorporated throughout the class to provide a fun physical outlet.

Alison also teaches private music lessons.  See below for a current offering of classes!

 
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In the fall we distanced in Jeanne Mance park but we will stay cozy and do our classes online during the winter months :)

 
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ONLINE GROUP CLASSES

Session dates: January 11th to March 27th, 2021

Morning Music

One hour online winter-themed nature group music classes for children ages 0-5 with caregivers.

Cost: $150/10 class session. 

Option 1: Tuesdays from10:40-11:40 am

Option 2: Saturdays from 10:40-11:40 am

Music for Homeschoolers

This is a one-hour online daytime class geared to children from kindergarten to grade 2. We will learn music basics, sing songs, learn recorder and/or glockenspiel and compose our own music.

$150/10 class session

Option 1: Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30 am

Through the Preville Fine Arts Centre 

I have been working with this long running not-for-profit arts-education organization since summer 2020. This winter I will be teaching the below classes via their online interface.

https://centrepreville.org

Little Artists

This is a program that allows children ages 3-5 and 5-7 to explore music with me and visual art (with the lovely Stephany Hernandez) for 30 minutes each every week.

Option 1: Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 am (3-5 years)

Option 2: Wednesdays from 5-6:00 pm (5-7 years)

Option 3: Saturdays from 9:30-10:30 am (5-7 years)

Guitar & Ukulele Explorations

Learn chords, melodies and riffs, instrument-specific techniques, song construction and arranging through playing and composing music together in a fun and welcoming environment.
Wednesdays from 7-8:00 pm.  All levels!  Ages 13+

 
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All ages

PRIVATE LESSONS

We think that playing an instrument is the best!  We offer remote lessons in guitar, voice, songwriting, and beginner piano with Alison and electric and acoustic bass with guest bass teacher, Juno award-winning Solon McDade.  Lessons are tailored to each student and typically involve learning songs and music theory in a fun and practical way.  Possibility of doing some lessons outdoor in person.

30 min/$25 and 45 min/$37.50

 
 

TESTIMONIALS

"I cannot say enough amazing things about Alison and her music programs. I feel so fortunate to have the ongoing opportunity to host Alison in our Playschool. She brings inspiration, creativity, beauty, and so much passion into our setting. Her classes are the highlight of the week around here. If you’re on the fence about registering for her classes, don’t hesitate! You and your child(ren) will not ever regret it!"

Trinati, Garden Grow Playschool, Montreal, QC

"Alison does a wonderful job animating her classes and keeping young, short attention spans engaged by introducing different instruments with each song, and including the kids throughout. The songs are catchy and educational - she teaches children about various instruments, as well as through the stories told through her lyrics. My two year old comes home singing the songs she learns over and over, while dancing/acting out the movements. These classes have also ignited my daughter's interest in musical instruments. I highly recommend these classes to parents and babies/kids of all ages."

Laura, Outremont, QC

“J’ai commencé les cours de musique avec mon bébé de 7 mois et mon bambin de 2.5 ans et ce fut un coup de cœur dès le premier cours. D’abord, les chansons sont stimulantes et elle abordent des sujets variés de manière concrète. Elle enseigne les notions de musique de manière ludique (rythmes, notes, tons,...) et les instruments présentés aux enfants sont d’une grande qualité. Alison est une pédagogue hors-pair. Les enfants restent intéressés l’heure entière. Ils sont amenés à se lever, manipuler les instruments, chanter, écouter, partager. Bref, “music by the season” est un cours d’une qualité exceptionnelle. Alison est douce et à l’écoute des besoins de chacun des enfants du groupe. Elle intègre chacun des petits et tant mon bébé que mon bambin apprécient les cours de musique." 


Evelyn, Montreal, QC

If you treat your child to just one class, this should be it. Music By The Season is varied, active, tender, and educational. Alison keeps the kids as her focus, yet includes parents in a comfortable way. She integrates simple instruments and props, but the songs themselves are great: catchy, in tune, and enhanced by Alison's lovely voice, thoughtful gestures, and clear instruction of lyrics.  Our baby was 8 months-old when we started, and we saw great development in her rhythm and engagement with music, as well as the range of sounds she began making after each class.  Bonus: the classes take place in a beautiful room with many plants, instruments, and sunshine.

Steve & Diane, Montreal, QC

"BEST music class ever! Especially the Music, Snack and Play. I've been bringing my 4 year old son for the last couple of years and now my 6 month old son is joining us and loving it! The place feels like home, Alison is so cool, and the songs are mega infectious and have become bedtime favourites. And following the seasons along the way ties everything up so nicely. This class is the highlight of our week for sure!"

Maya, Montreal, QC

"It's the one thing our toddler will enthusiastically, unequivocally put her shoes and jacket on for without fuss every week. She looks forward to it and so do I—we hum the songs throughout the week. Alison's songs are wonderful!"

Nika, Montreal, QC

"My three year-old daughter, who tends to be shy and reserved, has become a big fan of Alison and her Morning Music class. It's such a delight to see my daughter express herself spontaneously by singing and she does so even more since she has started these wonderful classes. She even remembers songs that I have completely forgotten about.  The songs are pleasing and catchy, not the typical, popular children songs that everyone knows, which helps, as your kid will be singing these songs constantly!  I must admit I was a little hesitant to go to a sing-a-long style music class with my toddler, but I can attest that the Morning Music classes are fun and enjoyable for both parents and children alike.  It's less a class and more of an opportunity to explore music interactively and to simply enjoy yourself. Alison has created a warm and engaging environment to do just that."



Bernice, Montreal, QC

"Alison es una persona maravillosa que ha creado las clases de música para grupos de bebés y niños pequeños junto a su familia.  En las clases tu niño aprenderá los distintos sonidos de los intrumentos musicales, los gestos y bailes asociados a las maravillosas canciones que van siguiendo las estaciones del año. Los niños se sienten muy acogidos y tienen plena libertad de movimiento y expresión y disfrutan plenamente! (casi tando como lo disfrutamos nosotras las mamás!) Es una oportunidad muy linda y un tiempo de calidad enriquecedor.


Muchas gracias por todo lo que nos has brindado!"

Lucia, Montreal, QC

"My daugher was the littlest in the class (7 months when we started) and really loved it, which shows there is no minimal age needed! She'd make a beeline for some of the instruments in every session, and was able to freely explore the environment as she wished. She was fascinated by Alison and her guitar, and would get really excited. It's a really imaginative time for everyone, with all the props, instruments, songs and lovely plants. We'll definitely be back for more!"

Katy, Plateau Mont-Royal, QC

"This class is just beautiful and the songs have brought colour to our whole Autumn. My daughter (23 months) asks us to sing at breakfast and I often overhear her singing and doing the actions for the songs by herself. It's been so lovely that the songs work with all that we see happening around us for the season, inspiring us to sing them at home.  We love the hands on instrument time and creative use of props, Alison draws the children into the moment and has a real respect for each child's individual level and interest. Can't wait to come back for the Winter class!"

Victoria, Montreal, QC

"We've been going for a year (and counting), my two year old sings the songs around our home on a daily basis, I sing the songs around our home, and they even help my little one get dressed in the winter.  Alison guides the children through the seasons using music, sounds, rhythm, and different instruments.  We learn new songs regularly and at the end of each class we both leave with a smile and a lighter step.  The Music By The Season community is a wonderful one, we've made some great friends, we thoroughly recommend Alison's classes!"

Jane, Outremont, QC

I want to say that Alison's music classes have been such a fun, inspiring, amazing time for my kiddos and myself. We discovered things about nature together and learned to love music, rhythm and instruments. Both of my kids sing songs from music class at home and love to go to Alison's place to play with instruments and all her fun interesting props!  If you haven't tried it yet, go for it!  It's great for any age and any kid.

Rali, Montreal, QC

 

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