What do you do
Each class is led by a WeBop® teacher and features a piano
accompanist, incorporating both live and recorded music with
educational activities and storytelling. The class encourages
families to learn about jazz and express themselves through
movement, singing, clapping and playing small percussion
instruments. In addition to these activities, professional jazz
musicians visit WeBop® at least twice a term to introduce the
children to live music and instruments, reinforcing the repertoire
and concepts learned in class.
Do the children play musical
The WeBop classroom has a wide variety of musical instruments
for the children to explore and play in class, including:
glockenspiels, maracas, bongos, congas, tambourines, and other
small percussion instruments. The children are exposed to piano
with our accompanist each week, and they also experience other
musical instruments when our guest musicians visit class.
Is WeBop® a drop-off
No. WeBop® focuses on the parent/guardian-child dyad and the
relationship that they build while experiencing jazz
Who teaches WeBop®?
The majority of our WeBop® teachers are graduates or current
students at Columbia Teachers College, and all specialize in early
childhood music education. They have all completed at least an
undergraduate degree in musical and/or jazz performance.
How many students are in each
There are 10 parent/guardian -child dyads in both Stompers and
Can my child join a certain age
group if he/she is turning the minimum age after the first few
The WeBop® curriculum is specifically designed for the
developmental strengths of each age group, so children must be of
age before the start of each specific class. The minimum ages are 2
years old for Stompers and 3 years old for Gumbo Group. An
exception can be made if the child is turning the minimum age
within the first two weeks of class.
Can my child
join a certain age group if he/she is not of age, but exceptionally
talented and/or has taken other music classes before?
(see previous answer above) We recognize that many of our
students are exceptionally talented and have had strong exposure to
music at an early age. Many have participated in WeBop® or other
music classes before, and it is this mix of experiences that
contributes to the richness of WeBop® class, where group
interaction is encouraged.
If my child has a disability can
Our goal is to be as inclusive as possible. Please contact our
staff at email@example.com to determine if this setting is the right
one for you and your child.
May I bring another child to class?
(i.e. A sibling who is not in the same age group as the other
If you have a second child, please plan to have a second adult
accompany him/her in our lower lobby waiting area. The WeBop®
curriculum places a very strong emphasis on the parent-child
experience, and having only students in the classroom allows each
child to get the proper attention in class.
How many parents
may attend class?
Only one (1) adult is allowed in class at a time to respect the
parent/guardian -child dyad focus, to be fair to all students, and
to respect our classroom capacity. Please contact our staff at
718.724.8129 in advance if you would like to bring other guests to
class (adults only). They may observe along the side, provided
there is room, or wait just outside our classroom and “switch” with
the other parent or guardian during class.
Are there makeup classes?
BAM will provide one makeup class session on March 30, 2014 for
The makeup class is subject to availability, is scheduled on a
first-come, first-served basis, and may not be rescheduled if
missed. To schedule a makeup class please email firstname.lastname@example.org or
Tuition fee is fully refundable up to two weeks before the
start of the term. No refunds will be issued once classes