Soothe Baby by Song-ing

Songs are better than speech for soothing babies. (Yes!) You can read more in the latest edition of the scholarly journal Infancy (or you can just read the synopsis here, Dear Parents, ye of little time and sleep):

“These findings speak to the intrinsic importance of music, and of nursery rhymes in particular, which appeal to our desire for simplicity, and repetition.”

Read all about it: Songs Better Than Speech

Hello from the Mother Side

In case you missed it, Adele performed “Hello” on the Tonight Show with the Roots and Jimmy Fallon recently.

Why are we posting about this? Check out their instruments! These are bonafide preschool and rhythm instruments—many of which we use in our classes on a very regular basis.

So who says grownups can’t groove on a banana shaker, clappers, uke and rainbow glock?? Certainly not us. We’re all for it!


Registration for Winter Session is Now Open

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We’re super excited for classes starting in January! This Winter Session we’ll be using the DRUM song collection from Music Together® which includes songs sure to become family favorites.

More Classes and Locations

We’ve added more classes to our winter schedule, an NDG location, and weekend options, too.

Early Bird Special

Early Birds get a $10 discount for signing up before December 20th. Spaces are limited to 12 children per class so register early to save your spot!

Announcing UNLIMITED MAKE-UPS for Winter Session

Can’t find your babe’s boots? Wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Daycare bug wrecking havoc on your household? No worries, fellow Montrealers! If you need to miss a class, you can make it up another day, time or location. (We at Chickadee Music understand your winter woes.)


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To My Little One Sleeping in the Night: Lullabies

There was an interesting article this month in the New York Times about the tradition of creating and singing lullabies to children, their meaning for us as parents, the Lullaby Project, and a little about the importance of this ritual.

Here is a quote about the health benefits of lullabies for babies in NICU:

Studies on babies in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) show that premature infants prefer lullaby-like songs to other music — their heart rates and breathing steady, their feeding patterns improve and they are more likely, when hearing lullabies regularly over time, to gain the weight they need. It has even been shown that preemies in NICUs who have lullabies sung to them during venipuncture sessions have significantly lower pain scores following the prick. Babies seem to recognize the voices of their parents more readily than anyone else’s. The maternal voice in particular, which a fetus begins to hear around 25 weeks into a pregnancy, is uniquely comforting.

In our culture, we are beginning to lose hold on this tradition through each successive generation. We sing less and less to our babies. For what reason, I wonder? Maybe tonight you will sing to your child—anything—softly and sweetly, with a beautiful or broken voice, and they will listen and love you.

Please read more here: The Melancholy Mystery of Lullabies.

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Illustration by Angie Wang

Spaces Left for Fall Session!

There are still some spaces left for the Fall Session which started this week! To see class availability, check out the Fall schedule page:

The Plateau class starts tomorrow morning and our NDG class begins on Sunday. It’s not too late to join, even if you miss the first class. Interested families should get in touch with Manda Mae or register at the Chickadee Music website:

Come see why we’re unique in Montreal!!


Why join one of our classes? What makes us so different?? We believe music should start as a shared, family experience, and that young children—even newborns—benefit so very much and in so many ways from experiencing music as it is meant to be within their families and communities. You’ll be amazed by what you see in your baby, toddler, or preschooler very early on by joining one of our classes, and you’ll find yourself in a wonderful community of families who are also participating with and investing in their children. There are so many reasons, and those reasons are backed up by solid research into how children of this age group (newborn—5 years) learn best: by making music together in a fun, natural, and stimulating environment with their voices and bodies, with families and other children, and then transferring that knowledge to home and to other environments.

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Class starts this week so don’t delay!! Give us a shout (or a chirp) today!!

“Playing music with toddlers could benefit their development even more than shared reading, according to University of Queensland research. A UQ-led study has shown that music participation at home improves numeracy, pro-social skills and attention over and above the effects of shared book reading…” [Read the rest of the article here:]

Fall Session Starts This Week!

We’re so excited to start the Fall Session this week! It’s not too late to register and join us for family music classes in the Plateau, NDG or Little Italy with your little one. There are still plenty of spaces left and classes run for 10 weeks with two make-up classes and all materials included (songbook, CD, parent night, DVD, and lots more)… We hope you’ll join us! You can register HERE and even invite a friend. :)