Below is this week’s guest blog post from group member, Jay L (and daughter Katya)., who shares his point of view about a unique and wonderful music program in New York City, WeBop – Jazz at Lincoln Center….
A number of the NYC Dads Group members attended two fun-filled ‘WeBop’ sessions at Jazz at the Lincoln Center on Wednesday. Not only were the sessions filled with a bunch of daddies and children singing, dancing, marching, and playing instruments they were economical (read ‘Affordable’), which is difficult to come by in the city! For those of you that are not familiar with the ‘WeBop’ program, it’s a music session with a jazz infused theme that is also educational while encouraging the children to experiment with a variety of instruments. For exampe, the jazz focus of our class was on Louis Armstrong, so we sang some of his songs, looked at his pictures, and got to engage with the trombone!
We sang and danced to a variety of familiar songs including ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’ and ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’, but the leader, Ms. Patrice (a master at engaging our children) also encouraged everyone to throw out suggestions as we went. It was fun to watch the children play and dance and also entertaining to watch the daddies belt out the tunes (most were off-key, but who cares) and get a little crazy too!
I overheard one father say at the end of the class that “this musical experience was by far the best” that he has participated in NYC with his child.