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International School of Music: Lessons in All Instruments & Giveaway!

[This is a sponsored guest post contributed by International School of Music.]

Does your child love to sing or pretend to play a guitar? Are they the next Mozart or Justin Bieber?

If your kid loves music — or maybe you want to introduce them to it in a fun way — there is a school whose specialty is just that!

International School of Music, with two locations in Bethesda and Potomac, is the premier provider of music lessons in all instruments and voice to students of all ages and levels. They bring together a community of dedicated, experienced, world-class faculty that offers personalized lessons in piano, guitar, voice, violin, viola, cello, flute, drums, saxophone, clarinet, harp, recorder, trumpet, trombone, bassoon, ensembles, group classes, toddler and preschooler music classes and amazing performance opportunities.

Their teaching methods are student-centered and focused on individual learning styles and personal goals to help each student reach his or her full musical potential. With a flexible curriculum that rewards practicing and achievement, their students get to explore music they are passionate about, whether they play classical, rock, pop, jazz, folk, etc. And with our same-time sibling scheduling, the families enjoy convenience and flexibility!

Music lessons teach kids valuable skills that they can carry with them through life. Children practice basic math when they count the rhythm, reading comprehension as they learn how to read music, and creativity as they figure out how to express themselves. Bonus: They also benefit from better concentration, self-discipline, self-expression, and confidence. Even more, all of these skills are mixed in with fun music making!

Check out International School of Music to see how you can book an introductory lesson for your child, try classes yourself, or make it a family affair!


Giveaway! Three KFDC readers can win a half-hour private music lesson at the International School of Music in any instrument or voice with one of their amazing teachers! Want a chance to win? Simply leave a comment below telling me what kind of music your child loves to listen to. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too! Contest is open to new students only. This giveaway will run through Wednesday, March 11, 2020, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

For more information about International School of Music and its programs and performances, visit their website.

 

This post is sponsored by International School of Music, however, I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

 

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Free Children’s Workshop with Wolf Trap Foundation at Green Hedges School on January 10!


Wolf Trap Foundation is dedicated to creating excellent performing arts experiences for the enrichment, education, and enjoyment of diverse audiences. As part of its Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts Family Involvement Workshops, Katherine Lyons, a master teaching artist, will lead a free interactive session at Green Hedges School in Vienna on January 10, 2020, providing children of preschool age (2-5 years old) and their parents an opportunity to share a stimulating live arts experience on the School’s campus.

Ms. Lyons will present a story dramatization of Ask Mr. Bear on January 10 with the goal of exploring simple math concepts and learning how to bring stories to life. Children will use body movements, props and chants to explore ordinal numbers, counting, sorting, sequencing, and problem-solving and meet farm animals and learn about the gifts they give us. Ask Mr. Bear is a wonderful story for all children and their families about the gift of love!

The program is free and will take place at Green Hedges School on January 10 from 10-11am — thanks to their sponsor Star Cypress Partners for its support of this event.

Space is limited! Reserve your spot by completing the registration form here.

Green Hedges School is located at 415 Windover Avenue, NW in Vienna, VA.


This post is sponsored by Green Hedges School, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will be of interest to KFDC readers.


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Winter Theatre Offerings for Ages 6 Months – 1st Grade at Encore Stage & Studio!


Turn your winter into a theatrical winner with Encore Stage & Studio! The theatre company in Arlington offers class opportunities for students ages 6 months and up, emphasizes the excitement of discovering the power of imagination and storytelling for the youngest students.


Parent & Me Classes for Ages 6 months – 2 years

Share, grow and learn with your child during this special time in their life! Through creative play, movement and music, children will sharpen critical social and physical skills in a fun and imaginative environment. Parent & Me classes are held Tuesday mornings, 10:30 am – 11:15 am. Monthly registration preferred: $10 per class; $15 walk-in rate.
Register here!


Classes for Ages 3-5


Students will enjoy a 45-minute class designed to develop their confidence to share a story with a beginning, middle, and end, while working together as a group. Class titles include Adventures of Curious George and Stories & Fairytales. Saturday morning classes are held January 25 – March 7, 9:00 – 9:45 am. Tuesday afternoon classes are held February 4 – March 17, 4:00 – 4:45 pm. Fee: $110.
Register here!


Classes for Grades K-1st Grade
Students will explore the magic of movement for musicals in our Broadway Kids class. In The Tales of Beatrix Potter, students will discover the classic tales of characters such as Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck as they learn to act out stories, learning about life’s important lessons along the way. Saturday morning classes are held January 25 – March 7. Fee: $110.
Register here!


Classes are held at Encore’s Main Campus in Arlington, VA. Enrollment is available online or by calling (703) 548-1154.

Planning ahead for summer?
Don’t miss Encore’s Summer Camp Open House on Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 10am – 12pm! Students ages 3-18 will experience 30-minute sample classes of Encore’s award-winning camps. Open House registration is free.



Learn more about Encore’s offerings for students in elementary through high school by visiting www.encorestage.org.


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Inspire & Engage with STEM at this Boolean Girl Workshop


Looking to inspire the girl or non-binary child in your life? Sign them up for a coding and electronics workshop on November 23! The workshop will be hosted by Boolean Girl, an Arlington-based nonprofit whose mission is bringing diversity to tech by teaching girls, non-binary individuals, and under-represented groups to code and build electronics.

The Details:

Who: Girls aged 8-13. All experience levels welcome.
When: Saturday, November 23, 3-6pm
Where: Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City (1250 S Hayes St, Arlington, VA).
Hosted by: Boolean Girl, in partnership with IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology.
Admission: $20 per student
Registration: Sign up here!

All equipment will be provided. Girls will also have the opportunity to meet female role models working in the tech and engineering industries. An adult is required to stay with the child in attendance.

The best part of all? Boolean Girl programs are fun… and that’s not just their opinion. Over 95% of their students say that they would recommend their coding classes to a friend and want to take another one.

Curious about what your child will learn?

Girls aged 8-10 will learn to code in Scratch, a visual, drag-and-drop programming language created at MIT to teach kids software engineering. Girls aged 10-13 will learn how to connect sensors and lights to a computer and control them with Scratch or Python, an advanced programming language used around the world at companies like Instagram and Facebook.

What’s the story behind Boolean Girl?

In 2014, the organization got its start teaching girls from the families in their neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia. They’ve grown every year since, and now provide summer camps, enrichment classes, special events, and partnerships around the country and online.

Beginning in January, they will host a coding and electronics clubhouse at Virginia Tech’s Thinkabit Lab in Falls Church (the clubhouse meets for three hours on the fourth Saturday of every month from January through May, 1-4pm). Girls and non-binary individuals will have the opportunity to learn in a fun, collaborative setting with hands-on projects, deep dives into particular topics and creativity. And what’s the parents’ favorite part? The clubhouse is a drop-off event, so parents can drop their children off and return in three hours for pick-up. (Parents are welcome to stay if desired.)

Boolean Girl was named “Best STEM Camp” by Northern Virginia magazine in 2018 and 2019, and Arlington magazine named Boolean Girl “Best STEM Camp” in 2019. They were also named “Best STEM Nonprofit” by the STEM Symposium in 2018.

Keep Up with Boolean Girl!

Website: www.BooleanGirl.org
Twitter: @BooleanGirlProj
Facebook: Facebook.com/BooleanGirl
Instagram: @BooleanGirl


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