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Popular, new music class is ‘School of Rock’ for toddlers

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DENVER -- It sounds nearly impossible but a new music class is helping toddlers find their tune, and it’s going on tour across the Denver metro area this spring.

When the Little Wing rock and roll band meets in the Ken Caryl Ranch House each week, two- and three-year-olds rock out with some help from their parents.

“They are two-year-olds and they are three-year-olds. You know, sometimes they are going to get up and walk away and come back and you know, that’s why we have the parents with them,” said Vicky Morris, Little Wing Director.

Little Wing aims to get toddlers moving and to teach them how to manipulate sound trhough their own voices. They also get a chance to strum guitars, hit snare drums and otherwise play around with an array of instruments.

“I definitely intend for (my son) to play an instrument as he grows older and this is definitely a great exposure at a very young age,” said Laura Fleenor.

Despite the unique challenges that come with teaching toddlers, many of whom have never spent time in organized group settings, Morris says Little Wing is really taking off for the Littleton School of Rock.

For several years the School of Rock has been teaching kids how to play instruments and master live performance with a range of classes for several age groups, but last January they decided to reach out to an even younger demographic.

“We had a lot of people asking, ‘Well, what about for my younger kid?’” Morris said.

The Little Wing program started last January with just two classes in the School of Rock’s Littleton studio, but since then the popularity has been so great that they’ve taken their show on the road.

They’re going to be at six different locations by summer, hiring an additional instructor to help pick up the load.

Parents say the benefit goes far beyond learning music.

“Learning how to listen to an instructor and follow directions is also kind of key, too, before he goes to preschool,” said Lori Himmel.

In addition to two- and three-year-olds, Little Wing also has classes geared toward four- and five-year-olds. Go here for more information on when and where the classes are coming.