Programs for Babies and Toddlers

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Hug Melody  Group Classes for Babies and Toddlers

At Hug Music, all group classes are designed and led by both music therapist/pianist Kana Kamitsubo-Markovic and composer/guitarist Sasha Markovic. Each group promises to maintain a high teacher-student ratio which is up to 6 children with 2 teachers. The classes consist of what we call “Rich Music Experience” by providing high-quality live music throughout the class with acoustic instruments. We emphasize the importance of having children accessed to live and acoustic music because nowadays we are exposed to “computer-made” music all the time, and this is also true for our children. We believe that exposing children to high-quality acoustic music from young age is extremely important to promote healthy development of their young ears.

We also place emphasis on providing live music experience to children. All children are unique and so are their musical responses. Some respond quickly while others may respond slower. Some respond actively while others prefer to be listeners. While recorded music tends to indicate to children what are “right” responses, using live music can make all responses unique. Furthermore, children often make spontaneous musical responses which we value the most. With recorded music, these precious moments will be easily missed;there is no space for creativity. With live music played by our teachers, who are professional musicians and trained in improvisation, music will be customized based on each child’s unique musical responses. This will facilitate expansion of children’s creativity and broaden artistry. In the class, child’s spontaneous musical response, whether it is word sung, spoken, or sounds made intentionally or not intentionally, will be treated as musical ideas and become inspirations for the group’s music making.

In order to maximize each child’s potential, each group consists up to 6 children with 2 teachers. We use original composition and musical activities and music is played live throughout the class. Classes are focused on improving both musical and healthy development using an enjoyable and success-oriented approach.

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Hug Me (6-20 months):Even from the earliest stage of development, infants are stimulated and soothed by music. Babies join Hug Me with their parents or caregivers and participate in simple, fun, and nurturing music activities. The group focuses on raising awareness of themselves and others, helping them bonding with their caregivers, and promoting healthy growth. In addition, this is also the time for moms and dads to feel relaxed, be themselves, and simply have fun with their little ones. Each class consists of up to 6 children and their caregivers.

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Hug Melody 1 (20 – 36 months): For young toddlers, music can play an important role in their lives. Hug Melody provides opportunities for them to explore themselves and the world around them through active music making, listening, and singing. Each class consists of two teachers and up to 6 children. The class is focused on nurturing children’s innate musical abilities and enhancing important life skills, such as communication, social, cognitive skills, as well as introducing very basic concept of music. Activities include: singing, playing instruments, movement to music, music games for basic music theory with an accompaniment of live music throughout.

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Hug Melody 2 (3 – 4 years old): Toddlers in this age group are ready to take a further step and start learning music and how to play instruments. This is an introductory class for private instruction which combines music instruction, enjoyable music activities, and learning music theory through games. Students are given opportunities to play an instrument while expanding innate musical abilities, developing creativity, and furthering their love for music. This class also gives parents insight to which instrument will better suit their child. A caregiver may sit in with the child if it helps the child’s participation.

**If the child is 2.5 years or older has taken Hug Melody 1 class 2 or more terms, s/he may take Hug Melody 2 class.

*To register, please contact us via email:
See Fall ’18 schedule (Starting Sep 5,2018) & availability !!
Click here to see Summer Mini session information

Registration Information:

See Summer Mini session information
See Fall ’18 schedule (Starting Sep 5,2018) & availability !!

*There is an one-time registration fee of $40 for new students.

 Registration can be done either in person at HUG MUSIC, over the phone by making a payment with your credit card. We accept cash, check, and credit cards. If you would like to register, please write us at or call us at 718 487 4309

*TRIAL CLASS is available UPON REQUEST ($30.00).

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100% of the parents who participated in the trial classes commented in the survey that the quality of the classes were “beyond their expectations”!!

“Hug Music is the best music school we’ve found in the area. They focus on personal attention with their small class size, we love their philosophy in exposing children while listening and playing acoustic live music Instruments throughout the class. My son loves attending their music sessions, and we really enjoy their nurturing school environment… ” – H, a mother of a 2-year-old boy

“Hands down, Hug Music!” – Shannon, a mother of 3-year old boy

“I am a Juilliard grad and music school owner myself but specialize in private instruction only. I send everyone to Hug Music and the kids that return to us afterwards have loved it! Even one of my faculty had her daughter attending until they moved. Have heard nothing but great things” – Natalia L. An owner of Music School of NYC

“We are sad because we are moving to California… The only thing we miss from Forest Hills so badly is Hug Music!” – A mother of 1 year old girl.

“Two weeks ago we were getting ready for bed and my 2-year-old son, L, said, “Mama, I love Kana. I love Sasha. I love music class”. My heart melted. That was a testament to the impact you both have made in my child’s life. You guys are amazing and we are so happy to have found you. Thank you both for all that you do”.– Romana, mom to 2 year-old boy who has been taking Hug Melody 1 class

“Dear Sasha and Kana, Thank you for giving wonderful classes since Hug Music opened last year. My daughter, E. developed her innate musical ability through your class. What I am grateful the most is that the fact that E. really enjoys music with you and her wonderful classmates. Thank you again!”– R family (a family of our 2-year-old student for Hug Melody 1)

“Hug Music is the best! My daughter was a bit shy at first, but due to the small class size (6 students max) and nurturing instructors, Kana and Sasha, she’s really blossomed into trying all the instruments and practices singing at home. She loves her Saturday classes!!! – S, a father of 2-year-old girl

“Her music class was the highlight of my daughter’s week and we are so grateful she had that experience. She loves you and Sasha and always talks about you and the class. Hug music is one of the things we will miss most about Forest Hills!” -O, a mother of 2-year-old who recently moved to another state.

“My girl talks about you (Kana) and Sasha all the time. At least 3 times a day she says Sasha! Guitar! and makes a strumming motion and then she says Kana! and clicks her tongue. You are definitely having a great impact on her.” – H, a mother of a 1-year-old girl

“We have attended so many music classes but I can confidently say, HUG MELODY is the best class!!” – K, a mother of a 2.5 year old.

“Thank you for offering such a great classes.” – Talia, a mother of 2.5 year old.

“My daughter attends HUG MELODY 1 class and she enjoyed it very much!! I highly recommend this music school.

2歳の娘がHug Musicのクラスに参加し、最後まで集中して楽しんでいました。JAZZミュージシャンでもある先生方の豊富な音楽知識・経験は他にはないユニークでとても面白い授業でした!” – Yoshiko, a mother to 2 years old daughter, E.

“It is beyond my expectation for music programs for toddlers!” – a mother to 3 years old

“Wonderful! Calm and positive energy. Small class size and great music lessons for early learning.” – a mother of 24 months old girl

“Terrific! Hands-on is the best!” – a mother of 3.5 years old boy

“It is nice that music is played on the guitar throughout the lesson.”

“We love it! It is so fun to get to play different instruments”

“The small class size enables my child to receive full attention and interact with the teachers.”

“Music played throughout the class is so nice and there is a room for every baby to sing and participate.”

“It is enjoyable and educational both for my child and myself.”

“The best part was my child gets to play the guitar!”

“I like the class because it is personalized and music used is all original composition!”

“I like the class so much and it is very distinct from other music programs for toddlers.”

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