From Broadway musicals to rock 'n roll, some parents are using the gift of music to educate their children while bonding at the same time. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
It might seem like a "folly" to try to teach babies about Broadway, but at the Broadway Babies Class, kids aging from four months to four years old are singing along to songs from major musicals.
"I think it's really nice for her to get an appreciation for musical Broadway shows and just music in general. She really loves the class, she really loves the show. She loves coming,she talks about it all week long," said Susan Winthrop, a parent.
"And I love the fact hat we can share our love of music together with songs I've loved growing up with Broadway," said Simone Levinson, a parent.
Audrey Kaplan also grew up with Broadway music. She founded Applause Theatrical Workshops in 1995 to teach theater to teens.
Today, Applause Theatrical Workshops has a full slate of classes for every age group. But even for the youngest, the classes aren't just sing alongs, as Kaplan incorporates her background as a teacher and educator.
"Obviously letter recognition, speech, socializing, these are all kinds of things, I think very carefully about as I develop each curriculum," said Kaplan.
With the success of Broadway Babies and other baby classes, Kaplan's newest class is Rock 'n Roll Babies. This week, "B" is for Beat and Bon Jovi.
"She's singing the alphabet for you. See, she loves music too which is why I thought this class would be perfect," said one mom.
Like a real rock 'n roll show there are special effects, not pyrotechnics but bubbles instead.
For more on how to rock your baby to the tunes of Broadway or rock 'n roll, visit applauseny.com