Contemporary approaches to early childhood education focus on the social-emotional aspects of child development. Our new program, Music for Aardvarks, reflects this trend by creating a joyous atmosphere of music-making and utilizing implicit, rather than explicit, music instruction. Our top-quality classes for children ages 6 months to 4 years and their caregivers, run by our enthusiastic and highly skilled instructors, feature music in a variety of popular styles and hands-on social and musical interaction, setting kids up for a lifetime of loving and participating in music. We also offer Songs in Motion for ages 5-8, which prepares children for private lessons. Additionally, a variety of our other faculty members teach beginner instrument classes for ages 5-9.
Instructor Joey Pierog cut his teeth in the children’s music scene as bass player with the popular New Hampshire-based children’s music group, Steve Blunt & Friends. He has also toured Europe and the UK three times with artist Christian Cuff. While overseas, he was surprised to discover just how much Europeans appreciate live music. He wondered why we Americans are so much less receptive. After playing the children's circuit, Joey learned that music appreciation is innate in young people and if encouraged, can grow to contribute to a more cultured, intelligent and ultimately happier human being. After a show with Steve Blunt & Friends, Joey found himself in a group of children playing percussion instruments, and began to lead an impromptu drum circle. The children were not only responsive but captive (figuratively speaking of course). They laughed and openly shared and switched percussion instruments, attentively awaiting the next instruction. Joey was invigorated by how quickly they responded to tempo and rhythm as he came up with fun chants and solo breaks.
As a performer, Joey has recorded two albums and plays regularly in the Boston area and throughout New England as an upright bass player and vocalist with his bluegrass band, The Four Legged Faithful. He has shared the stage with such artists as B.B. King, Greg Hawkes (of The Cars), and former Tower of Power front man William Edward McGee. His steady performing on stage and as a session musician, and his knack for versatility, has made him one of New England's premier bass players. Joey is an avid hiker and in addition to hiking mountains in Alaska and Japan, he has summited all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000 foot peaks. A 2007 graduate of Berklee College of Music, Joey also works at the world class Rocking Horse Studios in Pittsfield New Hampshire as an engineer and producer.
Joey’s personal mission is to share that love and appreciation of music and help guide children (of all ages) through the beginnings of their own musical journeys.
A lifelong musician, instructor Jackie Landry enjoys teaching children, singing and performing on piano and guitar, and writing children’s songs. She received her B.A. from Western State College in Gunnison, CO, and studied songwriting at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Jackie teaches and performs in several private schools, preschools, day care programs, elementary schools, and libraries. She has also been a member of two children’s music bands, “Supper Cool Beans” and “The Green Apple Kids,” entertaining children and their parents for over 6 years.
“Musical communication for children at a young age provides a connecting link which enhances future learning skills in every aspect of a child’s life,” says Jackie. “By tapping into children’s hidden talents early on, we can strengthen and solidify a foundation of confidence, embracing their excitement, and expanding their imagination. For children, music is a vehicle through which their thoughts, emotions, experiences, and triumphs can be expressed with truth and clarity. When fun is mixed in, the result is ‘wanting’ to sing, play, and practice music.”
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