My husband is a musician, and when I first raised the idea of taking our baby to music class, he said she didn't need it because he was teaching her music. I convinced him to take the baby to a demo class and, halfway through, my husband said we were signing her up! We particularly like that Ms. Leah teaches solfege, and has figured out how to do so in a fun way. The xylophones are in tune, so the kids can learn pitch center - and the songs focus on the relationship between pitches in intervals.
But even if that musical theory stuff is not important to you, the classes are fun for all ages - infants and toddlers and parents. This is so much better than other types of parent and me classes. -Emilie W.
I had the pleasure of observing a Sweet Potato class a couple weeks ago. As a speech pathologist, music classes are one of my top recommendations for facilitating early language and social development. Learning about music helps create awareness of pitch, sounds, and rhythm that also occur in everyday speech and language. Classes like Sweet Potato's have been shown to stimulate early vocalizations and encourage social development by creating a natural environment for children and parents to interact in a positive way. Sweet Potato does exactly that! The class is interactive, multi-sensory, and FUN while pushing kids to learn new and difficult concepts like pitch and rhythm. As an adult participant, it is also so refreshing to hear original and catchy songs to sing with young learners! I wish more music classes were as fun, educational and inventive as Sweet Potato music! -Tzara Caswell, MA CCC-SLP, Silverlake Speech Therapy
We love Sweet Potato Music! We started when our daughter was about 8 months old and she just turned 2. It has been so fun to see her go from waving around the xylophone sticks to (now) singing the songs, dancing, and truly participating. It's great socialization for the kids and a welcome chance to meet other parents. Miss Leah is a talented composer, and comes up with lots of catchy songs--sometimes they are too catchy and we find ourselves singing them at home all week. It's one of the highlights of our week! -Jenna B.
I have to say we are huge fans of this class! We have been going for over a year. I swear our 18 month old is doing solfege practice in his crib now. But more importantly the songs are fun, the kids stay engaged the whole time and we have met so many great people. So everyone should sign-up so we can hang out! -Marie P.
My Sweet Potato and I had a WONDERFUL time in Leah's class!
It was a warm, welcoming environment where we learned actual music terminology, and on top of it all, we've been singing songs from her class all week long! We can't wait for our next class. -Andy C.
I adore sweet potato music. I'm a professional composer performer and trained in early childhood music education. It's the only class in Los Angeles that has a curriculum actually built around accelerating the learning process and motor skills in young children. Miss Leah is a genius and we love love love it. -Johanna C.
We love Sweet Potato Music! We think our little baby may be musical -- she loves watching people play instruments and seems to have a sense of rhythm -- so it feels really good to support that interest! Leah only uses high-quality equipment -- like, her xylophones are on key, they're not just toys that make noise -- and her songs actually teach ear-training and tempo as well as delight our kiddos and make the parents laugh. It's music class, for real, not nursery rhyme sing-a-long that any mom could lead. But since Leah is a mom, she's totally okay with babies mouthing the hand bells and crawling off to look at shadows, and she washes everything after every class. Could not be more satisfied with Sweet Potato Music! -Laurel F.
I have watched my baby really get involved with the music in class - from playing with the instruments and dancing, to needing to get close to Leah while she plays her songs - even touching her feet! Every time we sing the music at home, my little one just beams. This class has been one of my favorite ways to bond with my baby, as well as other parents and their kids. And Leah just feels like one of those people you wish was your bestie. -Emily F.
We love Leah's class! All original songs, with live music, instruments and other toys, that we sing the whole week through. My favorite part is that there's an undercurrent of learning - rhythms, numbers, colors and even solfege! In fact, I came into our living room the other day to my 1.5 year old daughter singing "Do re mi..." while playing her xylophone! I'm so glad I found Sweet Potato Music classes. -Diana C.
Leah is the best! My daughter started her music class when she could barely sit up, now she's crawling everywhere and loves the class even more! Not only is it super fun, but there's so much learning going on, including pitch, scales, counts, rhythm, dancing, etc., using lots of fun toys, instruments, and tools. Her classical music training is a huge plus and shines through. This class is a must for anyone looking for a baby music class. -HJ S.
These classes are warm, inclusive and fun. I like that Leah is the creator/teacher not part of a chain. She applies her background as a classical musician to create a pedagogy with teaching goals for each song that she has also composed. The room is charming, comfortable, safe and clean room. Highly recommend! - D.M
Great music (all original songs), which is awesome because I'm sick of all the traditional baby songs! My son was very engaged with the different songs, which included puppets, wooden sticks, xylophones, scarves, bubbles, and live ukulele music. Highly recommend! - Amy P.
We look forward to our daughter's Sweet Potato Music class each week. It's so much fun to see our daughter playing with musical instruments, singing songs and interacting with the other kids in class. We've even found ourselves singing songs from class at home. We're so happy we found Sweet Potato Music! -Mike C.