The West Kortright Centre presents The Songbird Sessions—a series of performing arts-based family-friendly events this summer. All of the Songbird Sessions are free and open to the public; no pre-registration required; donations welcome. This program is made possible by funding from an Upstate Coalition for a Fairgame Arts Grant.
The first session is Miss Pam’s Jamboree, starting on Friday, June 21, and continuing on the third Friday of July and August, from 10:30-11:30 AM. This interactive musical exploration class is geared towards children ages one to six, but all ages are welcome and intergenerational participation is highly encouraged. At Miss Pam’s Jamboree, caregivers and children joyfully participate by singing and dancing together to American and World Folk Music and instrumental selections from all musical genres. Each class includes hands-on play with egg shakers, rhythm sticks, tambourines, drums, a variety of other hand percussion, and creative movement props.
In addition to being an excellent way for caregivers to spend quality time with their child and other families, participating in a music class not only teaches the language of music through play, it puts those children ahead of those who have not had this early active musical participation and socialization. A national research study in Bridgeport, Connecticut showed that children who participate in early childhood music classes with musical interaction at home experience significant gains in cognitive/intellectual, language, physical, social, and emotional development.
Certified teacher and performing artist Pamela West-Finkle (aka "Miss Pam") holds a B.S. in Education, a Masters in Music Education, and holds Professional NYS Teaching Certifications in K-12 Music and 7-12 English Language Arts. In addition, she has received over fifty hours of early childhood music training through Music Together® and has been a registered teacher with the program since 2002. She taught vocal and general music in the public schools for seven years, and has worked as a community music facilitator and teaching artist in every community she has lived in since the mid-1990's.
The Songbird Sessions continue to engage children of all ages on Saturday, June 29 with a picnic and concert featuring Story Laurie & a special guest; Saturday, July 14 with Arm-of-the-Sea hybrid puppet theater performing “City that Drinks the Mountain Sky”; Saturday, July 20 with family music that helps kids talk about emotions by The Bright Siders; and Saturday, August 10 with “Future Folk Musik”– an interactive music history presentation by Sam Reider & the Human Hands.
The West Kortright Centre is located midway between Oneonta, Delhi, and Stamford. Follow signs from state Route 23 in Davenport or state Route 10 east of Delhi. For more information, visit www.westkc.org.