Studies show that children who don't learn to play a musical instrument often try to eat one. Save your offspring from an awkward doctor's visit with today's Groupon: for $10, you get three children's music classes at Haynes Music Studio in Jefferson City, Ashland, or Columbia (a $40 value). Note that the Columbia location has classes available only on Saturdays.
Musical education specialist Helen Haynes enlightens tots age 0–10 in the tuneful techniques of melody and harmony with the Musikgarten method. Using sound and motion, the system educates and enchants youngsters while spurring fundamental growth in the art of music. Clients can choose three sessions from an array 30-minute, 45-minute, or one-hour classes, during which toddlers receive one-on-one attention alongside age-appropriate peers with whom they may launch operatic pop cover bands.
The tiniest trainees start off with simpler activities: singing, moving, and experimenting with rhythm instruments in Family Music for Babies, which welcomes everyone from moms-to-be to 18-month-olds with moms. As students sprout, classes become more complex with an expanded singing repertoire, intricate dances, and instrumental ensembles, as in Cycle of Seasons, aimed at 3- to 5-year-olds.
Hayes boasts an AA and BS in music education and has accumulated more than 200 hours of training and experience managing miniature Mozarts and Michael Jacksons. Check the schedule and call ahead to pick your location and book classes in advance.