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Early Learning Through Music: Me & U-kelele

September 25, 2019 - 4:34pm -- publicity

Me & U-kelele
Mondays, starting September 16, 10:30AM
Olneyville Library
Wednesdays, Starting September 18, 10:00AM
Mount Pleasant Library 
Thursdays, starting September 12, 10:00AM 
Smith Hill Library
Fridays, starting September 20, 10:00AM
South Providence Library 

Me & U-kulele is back!  The music & movement program, suitable for children ages 0-5 years and their adults, has started a new eight-week series of classes at four PCL locations. Each 40-minute class features musical instruments, rhythm and movement, as well as songs from various cultures in multiple languages, or even just vocable sounds (like “la la”) that are in no specific tongue.

"The idea for this program came from my experience doing some wonderful early childhood music programs with my daughter when she was younger" explained the program's creator and presenter, Karen Isenberg. "Early childhood music programs are something all children and families should be able to access but they often cost money to do so. With the support of a grant from RISCA and PCL library staff, I have been able to bring free early childhood music classes to people in communities that might not otherwise get to have the experience," she continued. 

Research shows that music in early childhood can help with language development, literacy skills, gross motor and fine motor skills, creative thinking, social skills, transitions, and stress. For adults, the classes are an opportunity to bond and have fun with their children and build community while getting to know others. "The families in these classes are representative of the rich diversity in our city and many are Spanish speaking, so I try hard to incorporate as much Spanish as I can," said Karen. "We sing, move to the beat through different movements, dance, play percussion instruments, and most of all, have fun!" 
Last year, Me & U-kulele attracted over 150 participants. Karen says she is grateful to the library staff who have helped champion the program in their neighborhoods."I feel incredibly lucky to witness the pure joy on children’s and adults’ faces when they are making music together. It is truly a gift," she concluded. 

  • Karen Isenberg
  • A Me & U-kelele class at Olneyville Library
  • A mom helps her child tap out a rythm
  • Some of the colorful percussion instruments featured at the class
  • Me & U-kelele attracts a large group of parents, caregivers and children at Mt. Pleasant