BRATTLEBORO >> An upcoming free concert for children, their parents and caregivers will introduce kids to the magic of music and movement, and introduce their parents to the popular "Movin' into Music" program.
The concert will be held Monday, Aug. 15, at 10 a.m. at the Brattleboro Music Center, 38 Walnut St., Brattleboro.
Performing will be singer-songwriter Kim Wallach, who currently teaches elementary school music in Northfield and Warwick, Mass., and is director of the "Movin' Into Music" program.
Wallach is from Keene, N.H., and while known internationally as a performer, she has earned a national reputation as a premier children's entertainer. Her wry sense of humor, clear voice, superb musicianship and ability to connect with children are well-recognized, and she accompanies herself on guitar and banjo, offering both traditional and original repertoire.
Geared toward children ages 1 to 5 and their parents or caregivers, "Movin' into Music" offers fun and original music classes that include singing, dancing, playing musical games and using a variety of props. Siblings and drop-ins are welcome, and the program is ongoing, so registrations are accepted at any time.
Main sessions are held Monday mornings at the BMC.
Wallach hopes the Aug. 15 performance will get people interested in learning more about "Movin' into Music" and how to engage their children with music.
"Singing and moving to music are great for young children, helping them develop language, pitch, rhythm, movement and social skills, all while having a very good time," she explains.
Whether a child is outgoing or shy, the program provides an outlet. "Children gather information in many different ways depending on their age, temperament, and mood at any given moment. Some are active and others, reflective. Some watch, some direct, and some do their own thing entirely," says Wallach.
"The goal is a balanced environment that encourages each child to explore music and movement in his or her own way as well as provide a structure that invites group awareness and participation. The great thing about music is that it is absorbed on so many levels all at once."
For more information, contact the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523 or visit bmcvt.org
As the area's oldest arts organization, the Music Center has attracted scores of professional musicians and other artists to the area over the past 60 years. The result today is a town and region nationally renowned for its rich diversity of arts and arts events.