Lit­tle ones ex­plore mu­sic with Jump, Jive & Jam

The Review - - Front Page - By Les­lie Feld­man

ROXBOR­OUGH>> Alison Hil­ley and Vicki Spaeth Nyce love mu­sic and love kids. When they put the two to­gether, they cre­ated Jump, Jive & Jam early child­hood mu­sic classes.

“After work­ing for most of the child­hood mu­sic pro­grams in the Philadel­phia area, we both felt a pas­sion for tak­ing all of our ex­pe­ri­ence and cre­at­ing our own su­per mu­sic pro­gram,” Hil­ley and Nyce said. “Our classes com­bine all the great­est as­pects of the chil­dren’s pro­grams we had taught for. The pro­gram al­lows kids to have a ton of fun while learn­ing about rhythm and melodies. Ad­di­tion- ally, we cre­ate kids mu­sic that par­ents can also en­joy.”

Both Hil­ley and Nyce live in Roxbor­ough. While many other ar­eas of Philadel­phia had young chil­dren’s mu­sic pro­grams, Roxbor­ough did not.

“We re­ally love the ever-grow­ing com­mu­nity here and wanted our neigh­bor­hood to have mu­sic classes for the kids, too,” Hil­ley said. “We didn’t want our fam­i­lies to have to drive long dis­tances to get to our classes. We found the per­fect lo­ca­tion in Lev­er­ing-

ton Pres­by­te­rian Church, 6301 Ridge Ave. Many of our fam­i­lies even walk to class. It is also a bonus that is right across from Gor­gas Park.”

Jump, Jive & Jam (JJ&J) of­fers year-round young chil­dren’s mu­sic classes for chil­dren ages birth to 5. JJ&J’s mis­sion is to in­tro­duce chil­dren un­der the age of 6 to the joys of mu­sic in a safe, fun and ed­u­ca­tional en­vi­ron­ment, one that will be en­joy­able for par­ents as well as kids. Through play and multi-sen­sory ac­tiv­i­ties, JJ&J teaches chil­dren ba­sic rhyth­mic and melodic con­cepts, helps them to build con­fi­dence in their voices and mu­si­cal abil­i­ties and hopes to fos­ter a life­long love of mu­sic.

Hil­ley and Nyce say one of their pri­mary goals was to cre­ate a pro­gram that is fun for both par­ents and kids. When the kids see their par­ents or care­givers hav­ing fun, they are more likely to get in­volved and have fun as well, and vice versa.

“We cre­ated and recorded songs on our CD that are in­flu­enced by bands such as The Bea­tles, The Ra­mones, Bob Mar­ley and more,” Nyce said. “We of­ten re­ceive feed­back that the par­ents love to lis­ten as much as their kids. In class, we in­clude fun cover songs that par­ents and kids will rec­og­nize.”

Hil­ley added by ex­pos­ing chil­dren to a wide va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal con­cepts at an early age, you can help them to de­velop bet­ter senses of pitch and rhythm as well as con­fi­dence in their voices, all while fos­ter­ing a love of mu­sic that can en­rich their lives for years to come.

They also use a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent props and ed­u­ca­tional tech­niques to cul­ti­vate a multi-sen­sory learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment that caters to a wide va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent learn­ing styles, as well as help de­velop fine and gross mo­tor skills.

“The classes are also help­ful in en­cour­ag­ing chil­dren’s so­cial, in­tel­lec- tual and emo­tional devel­op­ment, through shar­ing with other kids and adults,” she said.

JJ& J has many new things on the hori­zon. The pro­gram will of­fer a sum­mer camp for chil­dren age 6 and up and is de­vel­op­ing new classes in­clud­ing a yoga/mu­sic class and a Span­ish mu­sic class, and Hil­ley and Nyce are record­ing a new CD this sum­mer and will have new mu­sic as well as videos to boot.

“Our big dream is to one day own our own store­front in Roxbor­ough, which would be a hub for group mu­sic classes, pri­vate mu­sic lessons, host­ing mu­si­cal birth­day par­ties and events and maybe even of­fer­ing chil­dren’s gui­tars and in- stru­ments,” Nyce said.

Hil­ley and Nyce have held a num­ber of events in the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing host­ing Jump, Jive, & Jam Sto­ry­time at the Roxbor­ough, Ch­est­nut Hill and East Falls li­braries and pro­vid­ing live mu­sic for com­mu­nity fes­ti­vals, events, birth­day par­ties and moms groups. Two up­com­ing com­mu­nity events in­clude a per­for­mance at the Roxbor­ough library May 12 and a per­for­mance at McMichaels Park in East Falls July 15.

“We love when com­mu­nity mem­bers ap­proach us to do events here, and we are al­ways look­ing for more ways to be­come in­volved in the com­mu­nity,” Hil­ley said. “The Rox­bor- ough com­mu­nity is grow­ing so much, and we are so grate­ful to be a part it.”

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Roxbor­ough res­i­dents Alison Hil­ley, left, and Vicki Nyce cre­ated Jump, Jive & Jam early child­hood mu­sic classes.


A cas­cade of bub­bles gets the tots’ at­ten­tion dur­ing a Jump, Jive & Jam­mu­sic class at Lev­er­ing­ton Pres­by­te­rian Church in Roxbor­ough April 27.


Quinn Fos­ter dances with her egg mara­cas dur­ing a Jump, Jive & Jam mu­sic class at Lev­er­ing­ton Pres­by­te­rian Church in Roxbor­ough April 27.

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