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Melita has worked as a music specialist for young children for over 15 years.  She is based in Berkeley and currently teaches ongoing music classes in over ten local schools, libraries, play spaces, and also out of her home.   She holds a degree in eco-psychology and a certification in early childhood education.  Melita has received training in an array of teaching modalities including Waldorf, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Music Together,  Orff Schulwerk, and children's yoga.  Melita is a founding member of two popular children's bands, Octopretzel and Kid Kaleidoscope, and has performed all over the West Coast for children and families at events, festivals and popular music venues.  She has recorded several CDs, a few of which have received wide distribution. Melita also co-founded and for some time facilitated Gaia Girls, a "rites of passage" group for girls aged 8-10.  Melita also leads family shabbat services and other Jewish events around the Bay Area.

Melita holds music series' in North Berkeley both for young children (1-5yr olds) with a care-giver, as well as smaller classes for older children (5-7yr olds).  The classes for young children involve parent participation and interaction with your child.  In the classes for older kids, the focus is on the group, on developing body and vocal awareness, learning songs and sometimes include a small performance for parents at the end of the series.

Melita's classes are engaging and interactive, integrating movement, puppets, and instrument play with original songs as well as traditional favorites. The classes are delightfully fun and age-appropriate for children of all ages!
 
Current class series:

Ongoing Public Toddler Music Class with Melita
Studio Grow Berkeley
Mondays at 11:30am

 

6 Week Series in Berkeley
Location: Birthways (Gourmet Getto area) 
Tuesday afternoons, 4:30-5:30
February 14 - March 21 2017
$120 per session for 1 child, $100 for a sibling
 


Testimonials:

"Melita's music class is sweet, fun and focused. She manages to hold a very calm space while keeping the children thoroughly intrigued with her lovely voice, a variety of whimsical puppets, instruments, and a fun collection of songs. My son keeps asking to go back for more. I have lost track of just how many sessions that we have attended!"  -Onika M.

"Melita's music classes are a real treat for everyone. Melita shows amazing enthusiasm and talent for engaging the children (and adults!) in singing, making music, movement, and more. She has such a lovely, charming, almost fairy-like manner, that, combined with her beautiful voice, resonates deeply with children and brings them right into the music with much joy and exuberance. Both of my children have just absolutely loved any kind of musical experience with Melita, be it classes, concerts, or listening to her cds, from pretty much infancy onward. My oldest is eight and still enjoys her music. In fact, Melita has become somewhat of a celebrity in our house. If you have any opportunity to experience music with Melita, I recommend it wholeheartedly." - Shoshana U.

"My son started going to Melita's music classes at age two, and a year and a half later, he still loves it. The kids dance, sing, play instruments, and listen transfixed to Melita's felt-board and puppet stories. The class has an intimate, community feel, with each child greeted by name (in song of course). Melita's music is fun for kids and enjoyable for adults. One of the best kid-centered activities we've found in Berkeley!" -Rebecca B.

           


           

See octopretzel.com for current class schedule or email me directly at gaiamelita@yahoo.com if interested!

Please contact me if you are interested in having me come to your child's school or daycare.


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