Led by singer and founder Ruby Barker with live jazz accompaniment on a variety of instruments including, Guitar, Beatbox, Piano and Flute it offers high quality singing and live jazzy music in a fun, friendly and playful atmosphere.
The classes are sensitively tuned to the babies and young children. Well paced to maintain attention, the musical material blends jazz standards, children's songs and original tunes to encourage listening and musical play. A bright array of colourful silk scarves, props and tuned percussion offer visual, audio and sensory stimulation.
The first BabyJazz classes began at Earl Haig Hall, Crouch End, North London in January 2014 and continue there to this day every Thursday.
In Spring 2014 BabyJazz ran a six week series of classes for Waltham Forest's E11 Pop-Up Shop at Leytonstone Library.
BabyJazz now runs four classes a week from Mon - Thurs please see Join Us for full details
Ruby's first step was to get some hands on experience which happened quite by accident when she visited her local Library in Leyton, East London with her daughter and offered to help out the Librarian with their Song & Rhyme time sessions. Within a week she was leading the sessions and they became hugely popular. She also took time out to observe classes led by her friend & cellist Tara Franks ,Tots Tunes at Vortex and Dalrose specialist Margareta Burrell working at Corum Centre.
She got in touch with the music development agency, Sound Connections and attended various courses including Introductory to Early Years Music Leadership and Dalcroze. She also benefited greatly from personal one-to-one DNA session with leading Early Years Music Specialist Linda Bance. In 2014 she became one of the first London Early Years Music (LEYMN) Apprentices with support from her mentor John Webb, Composer & Early Years Animateur with Wigmore Hall's renowned Chamber Totts programme.
Ruby's voice and approach is consistently rated as excellent by Parents. The classes are very popular and BabyJazz has built up a strong following almost exclusively through word of mouth and facebook. Prompted by parents eager to continue the fun at home Ruby and the Family Band musicians have been in the studio. Their debut album 'Time to Play' and a selection of singles are available for download from iTunes & CD Baby at Hear us.
When asked about the impact of the classes parents have identified the following responses AND behaviours in their babies and young children;
Musical play, Pleasure, Singing or vocalising freely, An interest in the music, Appearing calm, Alert, Sociable, Sharing
When asked about the impact of the classes parents have identified the following responses AND behaviours;
Feeling calm, Feeling welcome, Singing in the session, Enjoying the music and singing, Singing at home, Confidence, Making friends