Songbird Sessions: Miss Pam’s Jamboree
Third Fridays: June 21, July 19, August 16; 10:30-11:30 AM
Interactive musical exploration for all ages (intergenerational participation encouraged)
Certified teacher and performing artist Pamela West-Finkle leads this hands-on, developmentally appropriate program on the third Friday of June, July, & August. Free & open to the public! Donations welcome.
In this mixed age music class, caregivers and children joyfully participate by singing and dancing together to American and World Folk Music and instrumental selections from all musical genres. Each class includes hands-on play with egg shakers, rhythm sticks, tambourines, drums, a variety of other hand percussion, and creative movement props. No previous musical experience or ability is required. Parents or grandparents with two left feet are highly encouraged to attend.
In addition to being an excellent way for caregivers to spend quality time with their child and other families, participating in a music class not only teaches the language of music through play, it puts those children ahead of those who have not had this early active musical participation and socialization. A national research study in Bridgeport, Connecticut showed that children who participate in early childhood music classes with musical interaction at home experience significant gains in cognitive/intellectual, language, physical, social, and emotional development.
Pamela West-Finkle (aka "Miss Pam") holds a B.S. in Education, a Masters in Music Education, and holds Professional NYS Teaching Certifications in K-12 Music and 7-12 English Language Arts. In addition, she has received over fifty hours of early childhood music training through Music Together® and has been a registered teacher with the program since 2002. She taught vocal and general music in the public schools for seven years, and has worked as a community music facilitator and teaching artist in every community she has lived in since the mid-1990's.
This event is part of our new Songbird Sessions series of programs, and made possible by funding from an Upstate Coalition for a Fairgame Arts Grant.