With the Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair rapidly approaching we will be sharing blog posts on our participating sponsors, vendors and nonprofits. You will find out more about these amazing businesses and what they offer to our community. They will be sharing their services, advice, what challenges face our community as well as upcoming events they will be having. Make sure to check out our virtual program and resource guide ahead of the event so you can plan for what you want to see! We hope to see you at the Resource Fair!
1. Tell us about your business/non profit and how it benefits local families?
Meryl's Music is all about families! Families making music together. Using the Music Together program we help children gain basic music competence (BMC) through experiential learning. Also, music learning supports all types of learning as well! Cognitive, physical, social and emotional learning all are encompassed in music learning.
2. Where is it located?
We have locations in Eastham, Harwich, Sandwich, Pocasset and Plymouth
3. What is your favorite part about our community?
I moved to the Cape in 2000 to start my family hear. I love the "small town" feeling of the Cape and I love the sense of community we have here.
4. How else do you get involved with the community?
I love to go into local daycares, preschools and elementary schools to make music with the kids who might not otherwise have that opportunity.
5. What are the biggest challenges facing parents in our community?
A lot of parents living on the Cape don't have family nearby to help with the children so families here tend to feel more isolated until they find a group to join or a program to take with thier child where they can meet other families in the same boat
6. What is your favorite memory or story over the years involving you and your business?
I absolutely love watching children grow in my classes from tiny sleeping baby to full on toddler to preschooler and to watch their musicality grow as well. Hearing that one child who never does anything in class but watch (doesn't play the instruments or dance, etc) finaly start to sing out, or show off his dance moves in front of everyone. Those are my favorite moments in my classes.
7. What advice would you give parents and care givers in our community?
8. Do you have any specials, events, or anything else taking place this upcoming year that our parents should know?
This year, Meryl's Music is celebrating 15 years of bringing the Joy of Family Music to hundreds of families on Cape Cod. Keep your eyes out for a special party sometime this year to celebrate!
Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MerylsMusicandArts/
Web site where you can see our current schedule and register for classes: www.merylsmusicandarts.com
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Name of Business: Meryl's Music and Arts Centers
Name of Owner(s): Meryl Vujs
1.) How long have you lived on Cape Cod?
I moved to the Cape in 2000 to start my family.
2.) When and why did you start your business?
After I had my first son, we went back to visit some friends in CT who also had a young child. They told me about this fabulous music program they were taking their daughter to called Music Together. Seeing as how I was a musician, they said I should really look into teaching this program. As soon as I got back I looked it up and immediately went to take the training. Every moment of that training was like a lightbulb lighting up in my brain. I knew I had to offer this awesome program on the Cape so I applied for my license through Music Together and got started in 2003 when I was pregnant with my second son.
3.) What do you LOVE most about your job?
I LOVE seeing all those happy little faces staring up at me every day when I walk into the classroom. I LOVE teaching today's parents the importance of music education starting with their infants. I LOVE seeing the look of recognition from all the parents when someone's child demonstrates something I've been discussing in the class. And I LOVE to sing everyday!
4.) How does your business help/impact local families?
The families who come through my doors don't always know what they're getting into! A lot of people just think it's something to do with their child every week to keep them busy. What they learn over time is that all children are musical and all children can gain basic music competence (being able to sing in key and hold a beat) if given a musically rich, developmentally appropriate environment early on. Once they realize how much actual learning even an infant can do and the high quality of the materials they get to take home to continue the music learning there, the price seems cheap!
5.) In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges facing Cape Cod Families?
The biggest challenges facing Cape Cod families is work and housing. We are losing a lot of our young families because they cannot find steady work that will pay the rent on the very limited housing we have available. Landlords are pushing out the future of the Cape for the high weekly rental rates they can pull in in the summer. Something is going to need to change in our economy if we want to keep our young families not just living, but thriving on the cape.
6.) If you had to pick your favorite local spot on Cape Cod (not a business), where would you pick and why?
My favorite spot would have to be Nauset Beach. I just love it there.
7.) Please offer a tip for our Mom Audience:
Sing with your child. Every day. Without the radio or TV on. Just MAKE music and your child will start to also. You don't wait until your child can speak before you start speaking to them do you? Then don't wait until the can "do" music before you make music with them. It's how they learn!
8.) Any other information you would like us to share? (upcoming events? Awards? Anything you think our community would find useful, Etc)
MMAC has won Cape Cod Life Magazine's Best Kids Activity Award for 9 years. There's a reason for that! A lot of other kids programs have come and gone but we've been around for 12 years and counting. Free library and playgroup programs are great for filling time, but when you want a real, educational program that will last your child a lifetime, come see us. Music Together is the gold standard in early childhood music and movement programs for kids newborn to 5 years. Developed 27 years ago, they continually update the program when research dictates a new finding in the area of early childhood music learning. Check out a class for free if you want. With locations all over the Cape there's sure to be one not too far from you. Eastham, Harwich, Sandwich, Falmouth and Plymouth. We also offer Ukulele lessons, GroovyKids Yoga, and Rhythm Kids classes for your slightly older child and as next steps from Music Together.
Exciting news! Steve Songs is returning this year to the Cape Playhouse for another musically rocking good time! You may remember last time Steve came to the Cape 2 years ago and his shows were a hit! This year he was gracious enough to let us interview him as well as give away 2 pairs of tickets to his 11:30am show! Read more below on how to enter!
PBS Kids co-host & renowned children's musician SteveSongs will bring his signature brand of seriously good (and seriously fun) music to the Cape Cod Center for the Arts: Theater for Children at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis for 2 shows on Thursday Aug. 13 at 9:30a and 11:30a.
SteveSongs will debut his latest song, "Taking Care of My Body" about eating right, taking care of your body and reading.
SteveSongs blends smart lyrics, catchy melodies & thoughtful messages into fun participatory songs that kids & adults love. Anyone who’s attended a SteveSongs concert appreciates and raves Steve’s ability to connect with his audience – from the exuberant children flocking towards the stage, to the moms bouncing babies with the beat, to the parents and grandparents singing and grooving along.
WHAT: SteveSongs Concert @ the Cape Cod Center for the Arts:
Theater for Children at the Cape Playhouse
WHERE: 820 Rt 6A, Dennis Village, MA
WHEN: Thursday August 13 at 9:30a and 11:30a
ADMISSION: Tickets are $12
9:30a show: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10004350/
11:30a show: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10004351
For more information about SteveSongs or to request a review copy of Orangutan Van, please contact Michele Fox at 781.248.9455 or email@example.com
Check out Steve’s website at www.stevesongs.com
Cape Cod Moms Interview Steve from Steve Songs!
What do you do for fun when you aren't traveling around singing songs
Spending time with my family. Other hobbies: I love playing sports, and helping my kids with their hobbies.
What has been your favorite song you have written?
I can’t have a favorite song – otherwise all of my other songs would get jealous and it wouldn’t be good for their self confidence. I do get excited about playing some new songs. We have a new song called “Taking Care of My Body” that we’ll be singing at Cape Cod Playhouse and I really enjoy singing that one.
What inspires you?
I loved Schoolhouse Rock” songs when I was a kid. And I really enjoyed watching a band called The Monkeys on TV. When I got a little older, James Taylor became my favorite.
When did you start singing? Did you take musical instrument classes when you were a kid?
When I was in 3rd grade I started singing in a school chorus, (though I have some tape recordings of my mother and I singing nursery rhymes together when I was 2) but when I was in 7th grade I got my first solo. I was so nervous that I almost threw up, but as uncomfortable as that was, something about the experience of singing a song by myself for people who wanted to listen was exciting enough to keep me doing it.
I wish I had taken musical instrument classes when I was a kid. When I was in 5th grade I had to choose between learning to play saxophone or playing travel soccer and I chose soccer. I still hope to one day take saxophone lessons. Maybe when our kids go to college :) My son started taking drum lessons this year at the age of 6 and he really likes it and has great rhythm. I go into some of his classes and play around on the drums too.
How do you incorporate music into your own family life?/What do your kids think of their father?
For our most recent album, both my son (who was 4) and my daughter (who was 2) have cameo appearances. Joshua raps on the song “Flat Stanley” and Nadia says "Bubbles" At the end of the bubbles song. One time when my son was 4, we were playing checkers and he started to sing one of my songs that I didn’t think he had ever heard before. I said “where did you hear that?” He answered, “you sang it on tv this morning.” That was funny.
If you could change one thing in today's education system, what would it be and why?
I believe it is important to use music in the classroom. It is fun --not just for the kids but for the teachers as well – it is unique way to gather the energy and enthusiasm of a group of children and focus it toward a common purpose with endless possibilities for interaction, learning, movement, expression and laughter. Personally, I think sharing and teaching concepts through music is one of the most effective ways to engage, connect and help kids learn and remember. There is a wealth of beautiful, funny, imaginative songs with myriad topics to easily accompany any curriculum. Some are hundreds of years old and some were just written yesterday.
Music helps kids learn. We humans have a very interesting connection with music; rhythm and melody. Different individuals have different musical tastes and sensibilities, but music in general invites us in and opens up our minds to new patterns, new ways of looking at things. Some songs have an almost magical ability to change or enhance the way we are feeling – happy, excited, etc. Beyond that, there is something about combining words with melody that is a pleasing thing to our ears. And in my experience greatly helps kids and adults remember what they have heard.
Since you have now toured on Cape Cod more than once, what has been your experience? Any places you really liked?
I love coming to Cape Cod. These Cape shows are among my favorite of the year and I love the Cape Playhouse - its a great venue. For me, the best part is seeing friends old and new. We’re so fortunate that there are families who have been at our shows year after year. Some families tell me that our show is a tradition they look forward to - which is so flattering.
Cape Cod Moms & SteveSongs are giving away two pairs of tickets for the 11:30a show. We will select 2 winners! All you have to do to enter is comment on this blog post with the name of your favorite Steve Song!
As a bonus, ShopLocal members who enter this giveaway will earn an extra entry giving you double the chance to win!!
RULES: Giveaway terms and conditions:
This giveaway is sponsored by SteveSongs and hosted by Mommies LLC. This giveaway is open to residents of the US who are of legal age at time of entry. This giveaway is accepting entries 8/6/15 through 8/9/15 at 11:59pm EST. ALL entries will be verified. Entrants will be disqualified if an entry is found to be invalid. If one of your entries are invalidated then all will be invalidated. If you claim an entry you MUST complete it or ALL entries will be removed. Winner will be chosen via Random.org. Winner will have 24 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited to the next winner. A maximum of 3 alternate winners will be selected. SteveSongs is responsible for delivery of prize tickets to winners.
"Warmth, gentle humor and well-crafted, quirky wordplay run through Steve Roslonek's creative songs and stories." – Los Angeles TimesPhoto of Steve: Courtesy of PBS KIDS
SteveSongs, known and loved by millions of families throughout the country as "Mr. Steve," co-host of the nationally broadcast PBS KIDS preschool destination, will bring his signature brand of seriously good (and seriously fun) music to two rocking family shows on Friday July 12 at 9:30a and 11:30a at the cape Playhouse Theater for Children at 820 Rte. 6A Dennis Village, MA
SteveSongs shows are fantastic, fun-filled, kid-pleasing extravaganzas, packed with great melodies, clever stories, and over-the-top interactivity. The Cape Cod audience will be sure to enjoy the boisterous call and response for "Grumpy Boy", the giggle generating, tricky audiation game in "Brush, Brush, Brush" and the heart pumping, hip hopping dance to one of Steve's most requested new songs, "Recess Rocks".
For nearly fifteen years, Steve Roslonek, as SteveSongs, has been writing and performing his award-winning family music. A bright star on the kids' music scene, Steve has delighted audiences at such prestigious venues as the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, Symphony Space in NYC, Fenway Park in Boston, the Kennedy Center in DC, Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA, and even The White House. Steve's music has won numerous awards, including two Parents' Choice Gold Awards, a NAPPA Honor, two iParenting Media Awards, and a Kidscreen nomination for Best Children’s TV Host. Steve's animated and live action videos online, including some for his popular illustrated books (published by Barefoot Books), have garnered millions of views.
Since May 2008, Steve Roslonek, as "Mr. Steve," has co-hosted the PBS KIDS preschool destination that features the popular shows Curious George, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Dinosaur Train, Super WHY! and Martha Speaks. Steve regularly makes appearances nationwide at PBS station events, and, along with other notable PBS KIDS characters, such as Hooper, he is a featured visitor at libraries across the country, encouraging kids to read through the JetBlue and PBS KIDS collaborative "Soar with Reading" program.
WHAT: SteveSongs Concert at the Cape Cod Center for the Arts: Theater for Children at the Cape Playhouse
WHERE: Cape Playhouse, 820 Rt 6A, Dennis Village, MA
WHEN: Friday, July 12 at 9:30a & 11:30a
ADMISSION: Tickets are $11
For more information about SteveSongs, to schedule an interview or to request a review copy of Orangutan Van, please contact Michele Fox at 781.248.9455 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out Steve’s website at www.stevesongs.com
SteveSongs has graciously offered to send 3 of our Cape Cod Mom Fans a Orangutan Van CD for you and your little ones to enjoy!
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