Children’s music: Robert Messore brings his Toddler Tunes to Best Video Sat., Nov. 2, 10:30 AM

Robert Messore brings his Toddler Tunes kids’ music show to Best Video Performance Space Saturday, Nov. 2. The event starts at 10:30 AM.

There’s a suggested donation of $5-10 per family but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

Robert Messore puts on a high-energy sing-and-dance-along program for young children and their parents. Voted “Best Entertainer for Toddlers” in the 2011 Kidhaven.com readers poll, Messore’s public “Toddler Tunes” program at St. John’s Episcopal Church in New Haven is the place to be every week! The songs are a mix of the classics and some newer songs that folks love. He recognizes that these programs are a place for parents to get together as much as anything, so he encourages folks with newborns through 6-yr-old children to attend.

Click here for the complete list of upcoming events.

Children’s Music: Peter Menta aka “Washboard Slim” plays Sat., Oct. 5, 10:30 AM

Peter Menta—also known as Washboard Slim of Washboard Slim and the Bluelights—brings his kids’ music show to Best Video Performance Space Saturday, Oct. 5. The event starts at 10:30 AM.

There’s a suggested donation of $5-10 per family but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. This show is for children of all ages. Peter will invite the children to sing and play fun instruments to classic children’s songs.

Musician and elementary school teacher-librarian, Peter Menta began his career as the New Haven Free Public Library’s first bookmobile librarian, serving ten of New Haven’s neediest schools. He followed that assignment by becoming children’s librarian at the Stetson Branch of the N.H.F.P.L system where he won first prize in an American Library Association contest for best story time using an African-American Children’s Book.

These days, he offers his interactive music and literature fusion: “Books That Inspire Songs-Songs That Inspire Books” to diverse audiences in schools and libraries. Mr. Menta often begins a program by reading an engaging feature story with original and traditional music. In the “Blues of Flats Brown,” for example, he has created songs for children to sing along to which help reinforce the main ideas and themes of the story: Building a better world through friendship, understanding and music. Children engage in a discussion about how to change an enemy into a friend. Children are also exposed to America’s rich heritage of blues, folk music and rock ‘n’ roll.

Mr. Menta has created songs to enhance books by authors such as Tomie DePaolo, Helen Lester and Mo Willems. He also offers a program that is strictly songs inspired by books or songs that have turned into books; such as “This Land Is Your Land” (inspired by the famous Woody Guthrie song). The program concludes with an introduction to homemade musical instruments and an on the spot creation of that uniquely “Made in America” musical ensemble: The Jug Band. Children from the audience are selected to play kazoos, a washtub bass, washboards and other homemade or “found” instruments.

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Children’s Music: Liz McNicholl plays Saturday morning, Sept. 14, at 10:30 AM

Join Liz McNicholl for her fun and interactive “Drum and Sing Jamboree family concert” at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Saturday, Sept.14, at 10:30. Suggested donation is $5-10 per family but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

During this fun interactive concert, Liz leads the audience in drumming & singing and also intertwines her wide range of musical instruments including guitar, ukulele, banjo, and even a traditional Irish drum called a Bódhran. Audiences will sing, jam along on drums & other instruments and are such an integral part of this fun show! Great for all ages.

Liz McNicholl, originally from Co. Meath Ireland, immigrated to the United States in 1985. She is a well known performer in CT and around the United States. Liz has owned Musical Folk, offering the Music Together program, in New Haven County since 2008 with thousands of families sharing the joy of music over the years.

Liz believes that we all have music within us and that making music makes you feel better, gives you confidence and engages your brain like no other activity. Liz loves to have the audience take on the role of the performer by engaging them and encouraging them to bring out their inner musician by singing along, drumming and interacting with other instruments and movement.

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Children’s Music: Val McKee plays Sat. morning, Aug. 3, at 10:30 AM

Val McKee plays music for kids at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Saturday morning, Aug. 3, at 10:30 AM.

Suggested donation is $5-10 per family but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

Val McKee is a writer, musician, and teacher of both. While Val fronts the band “Junebug Saddle” and has been lucky enough to share a stage or two with some of the area’s finest musicians, she is far more popular with the toddler and preschool audience.

To see just how many little friends Val has made in her ten years of teaching Music Together, join her for a trip to Stop & Shop and wait for the inevitable toddler squeal down an aisle “It’s MISS VAL!” According to Val, being a children’s musician in New Haven is the greatest version of rock star status–like an adorable, fun-sized Beatlemania.

A Tennessee native and mom of three boys, Val’s performances are full of folk and children’s music classics, with plenty of play, education, and humor–heavy on the silly.

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Children’s music: Peter Menta offers “Read and Roll” Sat., July 13, at 10:30 AM

Peter Menta—also known as Wasboard Slim of Washboard Slim & The Bluelights—brings his “Read and Roll” kids’ music show to Best Video Performance Space Saturday, July 13. The event starts at 10:30 AM.

There’s a suggested donation of $5-10 per family but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

Musician and elementary school teacher-librarian, Peter Menta began his career as the New Haven Free Public Library’s first bookmobile librarian, serving ten of New Haven’s neediest schools. He followed that assignment by becoming children’s librarian at the Stetson Branch of the N.H.F.P.L system where he won first prize in an American Library Association contest for best story time using an African-American Children’s Book.

These days, he offers his interactive music and literature fusion: “Books That Inspire Songs-Songs That Inspire Books” to diverse audiences in schools and libraries. Mr. Menta often begins a program by reading an engaging feature story with original and traditional music. In the “Blues of Flats Brown,” for example, he has created songs for children to sing along to which help reinforce the main ideas and themes of the story: Building a better world through friendship, understanding and music. Children engage in a discussion about how to change an enemy into a friend. Children are also exposed to America’s rich heritage of blues, folk music and rock ‘n’ roll.

Mr. Menta has created songs to enhance books by authors such as Tomie DePaolo, Helen Lester and Mo Willems. He also offers a program that is strictly songs inspired by books or songs that have turned into books; such as “This Land Is Your Land” (inspired by the famous Woody Guthrie song). The program concludes with an introduction to homemade musical instruments and an on the spot creation of that uniquely “Made in America” musical ensemble: The Jug Band. Children from the audience are selected to play kazoos, a washtub bass, washboards and other homemade or “found” instruments. The program runs for 45-55 minutes. Programs are designed for ages ranging from four to ten. Mr. Menta can perform solo or with his Read and Roll Band.

Click here for the complete list of upcoming events.

Children’s music: Robert Messore brings his Toddler Tunes to Best Video Sat., June 1, 10:30 AM

Robert Messore brings his Toddler Tunes kids’ music show to Best Video Performance Space Saturday, June 1. The event starts at 10:30 AM.

There’s a suggested donation of $5-10 per family but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

Robert Messore puts on a high-energy sing-and-dance-along program for young children and their parents. Voted “Best Entertainer for Toddlers” in the 2011 Kidhaven.com readers poll, Messore’s public “Toddler Tunes” program at St. John’s Episcopal Church in New Haven is the place to be every week! The songs are a mix of the classics and some newer songs that folks love. He recognizes that these programs are a place for parents to get together as much as anything, so he encourages folks with newborns through 6-yr-old children to attend.

Click here for the complete list of upcoming events.