Music for all,

Big and Small

What is Songbirds Music?

Since 2008, Songbirds Music is proud to provide a safe and nurturing place, a nest really, where families and friends with little ones (ages birth to age 6) gather to learn, grown, and connect though music, movement, and play in a fun, non-performance, informal yet supportive environment. 

What you’ll see in our classes:

  • A community of families sharing songs, instrument play, rhythm chants, and movement activities in a relaxed, playful, non-performance-oriented setting.
  • Music learned through developmentally appropriate activities that support and respect the unique learning styles of every child.
  • Infants, toddlers and preschoolers participating at their own levels and learning from one another in family-style classes.
  • Parents/caregivers contributing to the enrichment of their child’s music environment regardless of their own musical abilities.
  • New friends, families, and highly trained teachers who can’t wait to connect with you.

Our Goals:

 

  • Nurture each child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement
  • Provide a non-judgmental, inclusive, warm, learning environment for your family
  • Teach you how to use music in your daily lives 
  • Provide a solid foundation for life-long music making 
  • Learning new songs every semester featuring great arrangements of original and traditional songs in a variety of tonalities, meters, languages, and cultural styles.
  • Meet new friends and create a community of kind, cultures, music-makers.
  • Have fun!

Meet the Teachers

Ms. Diana

Diana Davidson (owner/founder), a life-long singer and dancer, holds an M.Ed. from the University of Virginia in Curriculum and Instructional Design and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles in World Arts and Cultures. Diana served as a bilingual and Spanish Immersion elementary school teacher for 10 years in San Diego, Salinas, and Arlington, VA. She has many years of experience working with children ages 0-10 in areas of art, language instruction, music, fitness, and dance. Diana successfully completed the Music Together Teaching Workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children, Princeton, New Jersey in Alexandria, Virginia in 2007 and her Music Together Certification Level 1 in 2013. She is also a certified Canta y Baila Conmigo® Master teacher and mentor (Spanish Language and Music Program).  Diana is the proud mom of two singing-dancing daughters (ages 16 and 11). Diana is CPR and First Aid certified.

Ms. Diana in three words: Mama, dancer, gentle

Melissa

Melissa is a California native who studied urban planning, psychology, and Italian at UCSD. While attending school, she took gospel choir as an elective and it remains a highlight of her undergraduate education. Her love of music and movement as a form of language and expression led her to the Songbirds’ nest. She completed the Music Together teacher training in the fall of 2017 and apprenticed with Ms. Diana during the Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 Music Together Sessions. Melissa has been a Music Together parent for the past three years and attends classes with her daughter. She recently began learning the ukulele and loves to play the piano. When she’s not dancing and making music with her family, Melissa can be found at the library, at the park, or in the kitchen. She looks forward to singing and dancing with you and your family!
 
Melissa in three words: friendly, imaginative, empathetic

Frequently Asked Questions

We’re here to support you and your littles any way we can!

Email director@songbirdsmusic.com or call/text 858-412-0643 M-F 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM & Saturdays 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

What kinds of things will we do in class?

In class we sing, dance, chant and play along with instruments to a variety of musical styles, melodies, tonalities and rhythms. You and your child will also participate and experience creative movement, improvisation, finger play and lap
songs. Most important of all, we have fun while creating a rich and lively musical community

May I bring my three-year-old as well as my 10-month-old to the same class?

Not only may you, but we encourage it! Research shows that preschoolers learn
best in a mixed-age environment. The little ones learn by watching and imitating
the older children. The older children love being the “big sibs” and showing the
little ones how it is done. This family-style learning environment facilitates
participation and involvement in the music for every child, at whatever
developmental stage they may be.

What happens after we complete a semester?

There are nine Music Together song collections and a growing number of Canta y Baila Conmigo song collections. A different song collection is used each semester, so when you register for your next semester, you can look forward to new songs and chants, taught with the same kinds of activities plus a brand new songbook. Because your child will be at a different place developmentally, an activity will be exciting to them whether it is because of its familiarity or because they can grasp it in a new way

What is my role as the parent/caregiver?

Because you are your child’s most important role model, they will learn best by watching you and listening to you. Your participation as a music-maker
is vital to your child’s developing love of music. Plus, music class is so much fun – sing out!

How many adults can attend with my child/children?

We are all about family music making. That means, mom, dads, spouses, partner, grandparents, aunties, uncles are ALL welcome!

NOTE: Cousins and Nanny shares must register separately 

Why aren't there separate classes for different age groups?

In the 1980s, Music Together pioneered the development of the mixed-age approach in early childhood music. In each class we strive to create a musically rich, developmentally appropriate environment where the whole family can enjoy
music and nurture skills at the level right for each child. Mixed-age classes also provide a rich learning environment because children of different ages thrive
when they interact with each other; this approach is based on research from music education, early childhood development, and family relationships, as well
as our years of experience in the field.

Where are your classes?

Our studio (aka the Nest) is located in Point Loma/Liberty Station inside the Dorothea Laub Dance Place (2650 Truxtun Road #109 San Diego, 92106)

Can I switch between the Music Together and Canta y Baila Conmigo Program? Is there a fee to switch?

The short answer is, yes! Space permitting you can switch to a different program. To make the change, contact director@songbirdsmusic.com. You will be charged $42 service fee.

Music Together and Canta y Baila Conmigo are two completely different programs, each with their own music, family support materials, and class structure. This service fee will be collected by Songbirds Music but immediately passed onto the program you are switching into. 

We will happilly accomodate the change but cannot absorb the cost as a licensee.

Is my child too young for music class?

All children are musical. The same way that a child has the innate ability to speak and understand their native language, they also have the ability to do the same with the language of music. Do you wait to talk to your child until you are sure they can answer you back? They talk when they are ready, because they have been immersed in a language from birth. They walk when they are ready because they have felt your movement while in your arms. Giving a child this same kind of
immersion in musical experiences will provide them opportunities to not only learn to sing in tune and keep a steady beat, but to develop their own special way of expressing music through movement.

 

I am tone deaf! Won't I ruin my child musically if I sing to him/her/they?

No! We promise that you will not hurt your child’s musical abilities by singing to them, even if you are not always in tune. They will hear plenty of “in tune” music through other mediums, but your voice and your presence are most precious to them. What you (and/or other primary caregivers) do, they want to do too. Although we, as teachers, are able to help your child learn skills, your child must
gain the positive disposition toward active music-making from you.  

My child just sits there in class (or my child just wanders around in class). Is my child bored?

There are many different learning styles. Some children may be visual learners who need to watch before they experiment on their own. Others are aural learners who are listening, even when they are across the room. Kinesthetic learners need
to move! Tell a kinesthetic learner that they can’t move and you are actually hurting their learning process. Therefore, a child’s learning in class happens in a multi-layered way – through active participation, watching others move,
experimenting with instruments and even by just being there and listening to you sing. Instead of waiting for your child to do something in class, let yourself go
and do it yourself. Then, watch and listen to them at home, and you will seen and hear how much they are learning and absorbing in class.

I see the current session has started, can I still join a class?

We highly recommend starting at the beginning of the session so that your child can get the most out of their music class experience. If there is space in the class you are interested in, you may join at a pro-rated rate. If the the class is full you may add yourself to the waitlist but selection the “Waitlist” button. Fingers crossed a spot opens for you…we’ll let you know ASAP if it does. 

How do I sign up?

Look at our class schedule and find a time and location that works for you and
your child; then register. If you like, schedule a drop-in visit first!

What if I miss a class?

You can make-up any class you miss at any time within the same session. Use our online make-up scheduler to schedule your family’s make-up. One per family (even if you have more that one child enrolled in plenty)

 

I love Songbirds Music, how can I tell you just how much?

We love you and your musical family too and positive reviews are music to our ears. Leave your feedback on Google, Yelp, or send us a video review, a social
media shout-out, an email, an old-fashioned letter or a singing telegram. Word-of-mom and dad is the bees knees! Tell your friends, family, neighbors,
nannies, and preschools. Ask us about our referral program!