You can’t beat New York when it comes to theater, music and entertainment, and not just for adults. If you’re looking for a fun, interactive, musical date with your baby or toddler, Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals (MFA) will not disappoint. Teachers with real talent entertain and engage through song, dance, musical storytelling, instrumental jam sessions, and more. And parents love the classes just as much as kids do. They provide an exciting musical experience for the whole family.
We adore the variety of original and refreshing MFA songs, with their rock, blues, ballads, folk, jazz and pop influences. With an urban edge, they uniquely celebrate children’s routines, experiences and emotions. They reflect the lives of city kids with themes like “Annie the Nanny,” “Modern Art,” and “Taxi,” the Aardvarks anthem. Thousands of children identify with Taxi’s lively lyrics, some of which are “Taxi, taxi, riding in the backseat. Roll the window up, roll the window down. Put the money in the slot, see you later, thanks a lot…” The Taxi song is featured on Nick Jr. TV.
MFA classes take place all over the country, and Sivan Vigder and his super fun team host dozens of locations throughout Manhattan, from Battery Park to Washington Heights, and Brooklyn. Sivan is a musician, entrepreneur and father of three boys and a girl. Matt Damon and his wife and child have enjoyed Sivan’s classes, as have many other A-list celeb parents. Music for Aardvarks has been praised by, to name a few, Helen Hunt, Jon Stewart, John Leguizamo, Philip Glass, and Page McConnell, of the band Phish. “It’s real music. The songs are so good!” she says.
Up to 100 classes are held throughout New York City each semester. Sessions in general run 10 weeks. Each semester is built around a different CD, keeping the classes exciting and fresh. On Fridays, 45-minute drop-in classes are held at FAO Schwarz in NYC. Outdoor classes in the park in the summer are also a big hit.
David Weinstone, rock musician, composer, and father of three, created the MFA program in 1997 in Brooklyn, NY. Music for Aardvarks classes are based around his original songs, rhythms, and chants. The growing library includes more than 16 CDs with over 250 songs.
Music for Aardvarks classes are imaginative and energetic, and appeal to both kids and adults. More than just a theatrical experience, we love MFA because it is a fun bonding moment as well. Music for Aardvarks is a favorite of Chief Cutie Patootie Brooke Ava and her mama Rachel. We think you and your littles will love it, too! Families who haven’t tried an MFA class can take advantage of Sivan’s free demo class.