Rosemont, Autumn, 2019, Winter 2020

"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!"


Montreal, Winter 2016 - Winter 2020

"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!"


Montreal, Fall 2018 though Winter 2020

"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!"


Outremont, Winter 2018 through Winter 2020

"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!"


Outremont, Winter 2016, Spring 2017, Winter, Spring, Fall 2019

"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."


Montreal, 2018, 2019

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.


Montreal, Spring 2019

“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. La formule “snack and play” est super intéressante aussi. “


Mile End, Winter, Spring 2016, Fall 2019

"My daughter (1yr) and I love music class with Alison - it's the highlight of our week! My daughter feels completely free and accepted to be herself as she explores and learns about music. The music is fun and original and we sing it at home all the time. Thanks Alison!"


Little Italy, Fall 2018, Winter and Spring 2019

"Another huge fan here! This class made my heart so happy and was such a nice way to connect with my kids and enjoy music together. Highly recommend!"


Petite-Patrie, Springs 2018 & 2019

"We've just finished our third class with Alison and our 3.5 year old daughter looks forward to it every week! We started when she was much younger, and when we asked her if she wanted to go to music class again or do something else on Saturday mornings, she very enthusiastically chose Alison's classes. She loves playing instruments with the other kids, and sings the songs with me at home (reminding me of the words when I forget them). The songs are so sweet and creative, and help explain to our daughter how the world around her works, like what earthworms do in our garden. I've happily recommended her classes to several other parents, especially those with kids who love music."


Mile End, Fall 2017, Winter 2018

"Alison’s music class is a highlight in our week of activities. My (busy) 3.5 year old twin boys love how Alison allows them to move throughout her music space and how she incorporates choreographed movement into her songs.  Alison is always assessing, adapting and appropriately meeting the dynamic of each class and its participants.  My 10 month old is along for the ride as well and highly enjoys the liveliness of the guitar and the interaction with new instruments, sounds and songs.  All three of my children adore Alison’s welcoming energy as well as her kind nature. I am so appreciative of her creativity and warmth during our time together."


Outremont, 2016 and Winter & Spring 2017

"Just wanted to highly recommend Alison's music classes. My now 4.5 year old daughter and myself have been enjoying going to her class for over a year and half.  We both absolutely love Alison's approach with season appropriate songs and learning and her ability to provide a great space for the children to connect with the music and songs while playing with a variety of different instruments and materials. Definitely a thoroughly enjoyable activity to do with your child or children :)"


Montreal, Autumn 2015 - Autumn 2017

"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!"


Montreal, 2016 and Winter 2017

“Saturday mornings with Alison have been a terrific way of introducing our 2 year old boy to music. The classes are perfectly paced, with a combination of high-energy music making, and more calm and contemplative moments, thinking about beats and rhythms. Alison sets a tone of inclusion, inviting all students, no matter age or aptitude, to experiment with different instruments at different stages of the class. I’ll definitely look forward to songs of spring as we emerge from the winter, but the class always offers a very bright spot to our weeks, even in the depths of the Montreal winter.”


Montreal, 2016 and 2017

"Alison is the best! We love her and her classes. My son always has a great time. We've done two sessions and will keep going to a third one :)"


Outremont, Spring 2016 to Spring 2017

"My gals love their time at Music By The Season.  We’ve been going over a year now, and the music is such a great way to start the day.  Alison sets a great mood, the songs are funny, and upbeat, sentimental, and fun. Lots of learning going on through play.  My toddler asks for the songs daily!"

Maya, Oliver & James

Mile End, Fall 2015 to Spring 2017

"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!"

Steve & Diane

Mile End, Spring, 2016

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.


Montreal, Winter, 2016

"As a parent of a small child, I know your time is precious so let me save you some time:  stop reading now and register for Music by the Season. You will not regret it. That said, maybe you’re currently hiding in the bathroom from your little one so you can catch a moment’s peace and are looking for something to pass the time, in which case, let me tell you more. I’m a mother of twin 2.5 year olds and the idea of taking both of them once a week to a music class by myself was daunting. We’ve done many different activities but a small group with precious instruments around was something that left me hesitant. That hesitation was quickly erased. Alison could not be more inviting. Her classes encourage active exploration of sound, rhythm, melody, instrumentation, and movement. Alison’s passion for music is both evident and infectious. Singing along with Alison was the highlight of the week for all three of us. Months later we are still singing all of the songs. My son even insisted on getting a ukulele when we finished the group and he hasn’t stopped playing and singing since. We adored Alison and this group and I am so grateful to have shared this experience with my children."


Montreal, Winter, Spring 2016

"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!"


Montreal, Winter, Spring 2016

"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."


Montreal, Autumn 2015, Winter 2016

"Alison's Music by the Seasons class is wonderful! My daughter (20 months old) and I just completed our first session (Autumn). We both look forward to going to class each week, and each week we find ourselves singing the songs at home and dancing around the apartment. We've even taught some of the songs to the grandparents so that they can join in the at-home fun via FaceTime! Alison is warm and welcoming and has great rapport with the kids. She combines music and movement in ways that keep kids and parents alike engaged and happy, and my daughter learns something new about turn-taking or singing or dancing every time we go. We will definitely be signing up for the next session--we can't wait!!"


Plateau Mont-Royal, Spring 2015

"I just wanted to say that Alison Notkin is absolutely wonderful with children. Her beautiful voice and songs really captivate the kids and she has such a gentle way about her... she is such a gem!"


Outremont, Spring 2015

"These classes are so much down to goodness fun; a full sensory experience! My toddler has been humming the tunes all summer long. Looking forward to coming back in the Fall. Highly recommended."


Plateau Mont-Royal, Autumn 2014, Winter and Spring 2015, Winter 2016

"We have been coming to Alison's classes now for two seasons and just signed up for a third.  My son, aged 2 and a half, (and I!) really love them.  Alison creates such a fun and sweet moment of togetherness in our otherwise rather busy lives. There is nothing quite like connecting with your child through songs and music, a very special activity - and Alison makes it happen so beautifully - the songs she teaches are a delight (almost all I had not come across before), and she is great at gently engaging all the kids in the small group with all their individual quicks and personalities.  My son really surprised me by starting to sing the songs and asks for them and music class very often (quite an achievement considering all the trains, books, cars, tv shows and other exciting things that compete for his attention!)  He knows all the instruments and is comfortable with playing with them now...  I highly recommend this really lovely class with Alison."


Villeray, Spring, Summer, Fall 2014, Winter, Spring, Fall 2015, Winter 2016

"We look forward to Alison's music workshops all week! Almost every night my little one asks if we get to go to music class in the morning. She talks about it constantly and sings the songs all day long.  My little one is getting such great exposure to different instruments and rhythms and we both love the unique songs that Alison shares with us in her cozy sun-drenched studio. I would recommend these workshops to anyone with small people in their lives."


Plateau Mont-Royal, Spring, Fall 2014, Winter, Spring 2015, Winter 2016

"My kids and I often found ourselves singing the songs from class during the week - it's so beautiful that they connect us with the time of year. We especially liked the apple picking song. The class itself was a warm, gentle, consistent, interactive place we looked forward to every week. Alison has a wonderful approach for engaging everyone to sing along, explore different instruments, and most importantly, have fun. Highly recommend!"


Rosemont, Fall and Winter 2014

"Music class with Alison is fun, easy, and toe tapping. My 3.5 year old and 11 month old just love it.  Alison is a fantastic musician and teacher and leads with a gentle and kind way.  We are already making sure we have our spot for next season! Thanks Alison!"


Summer and Fall 2014, 2017

"Our one-year-old loves every minute of Music by the Season! Small groups, wonderful music, a perfect mix of lovely songs and truly creative activities. We will definitely be returning for the next session."

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