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Celebrate Sing with Your Child Month in Grand Junction

Taylor Toft performing with his rock band DDT at Boomers on Main Street in Grand Junction.
Taylor Toft performing with his rock band DDT at Boomers on Main Street in Grand Junction.
Paula Toft

March is Sing with Your Child Month!  This is a special time to celebrate the joy of families singing, dancing and making music together.

Parents who incorporate music-making in their families are helping to form everlasting bonds with their children as well as supporting their child's development in a positive way.

In Grand Junction there are a wide variety of musical classes available for children and their parents.

Kindermusik classes are for infants to seven years of age.  Kindermusik incorporates playing, singing and dancing as well as connecting to other parents and learning how music can make parenting easier.

Susan Rowland offers Kindermusik classes at Kidzplex which is located at 609 25 Road.  Danielle Behrens offers classes at Creative Avenues located at 128 S. 5th Street.  Check out kindermusik.com for a complete list of classes, information and a coupon for a free class.

Music Together of Grand Junction is another great way to expose your young child to music and movement.  Music Together is children and their parents sharing songs, rhymes, movement and instrument play both in music class and in their daily lives.  For more information on Music Together go to gjmusictogether.com.

For older children, check out the Hill Street Music Studio with Warren Jones.  Warren offers classes on rock guitar and rock band.  Hill Street Music Studio is located at 738 North 5th Street.  For information on classes, contact Warren at 261-3609.

And, the best class of all!  The free one that you offer in your home!  It doesn't cost a dime to listen to music with your children, sing along and dance with them.  

Freekidsmusic.com offers parents a list of kid friendly music as well as free downloads.  Or, visit kidscds.org for a list of DVD's that incorporate dance and music that you can enjoy on your own time at little cost.

The classes that they take are great, but the memories being made will be of them and you spending time together.  Turn off the television and the music on.  It doesn't matter if you can't carry a tune (that's not the point), your children don't care.  Have fun, and being silly is required. 

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