Since its beginning in the year 2000, Heart of the Child Music Education has been offering joyful, interactive group musical experiences to children and their caregivers in its hometown of Floyd. The FUN and developmentally appropriate classes foster a love of music at the same time that they build foundational musical skills, safe connection, secure attachment, and healthy community.

Kari’s welcoming attitude helps adults and children build a sense of community while they gather on the rug for fingerplays and lap bouncing games, play with rhythm instruments, jump, crawl, and swing, wave scarves to choreographed dances, and freeform jam with a menagerie of instruments. It feels so good to be in class, children don’t even notice that they are building the foundational skills for making music together the rest of their lives.

HCME has been literally raising Floyd County children with its Social and Emotional Learning based music program since it began. It still serves Floyd’s youngest members (birth to 5 years old) while watching its first students graduate from high school. One high school senior recently told Kari, “I don’t remember much about preschool, but I remember your music!”

Heart of the Child Music students consistently pursue music creation as they get older, fed by the love of music that HCME nurtures in them in their early years. They go on to participate in programs such as the Floyd JAMs Program and Music Lab Floyd; they pursue private lessons, and they form their own bands, such as The Wildmans, Attak, and Subject to Demolition.

Kari offers regular weekly classes on Fridays at the Floyd Country Store in downtown Floyd, VA. Please scroll down for information:

Baby Beats

Fridays 9:30am – 10:15am A special time for babies and their caregivers, this is an intimate class with lots of opportunity for bonding. It focuses on the amazing capacity of these young ones for growing smarter through music.  By watching, listening, and sensing, the babies learn to feel steady beat and discern correct pitches. Before anyone expects, they are copying these same musical qualities with their own bodies and voices. Most people don’t know that this type of loving and supportive early musical culture, gives children the skills they need to play in a symphony orchestra, old-time, or rock band as adults. The class consists of lap bouncing games, massage rhymes, drum songs, shaker eggs, and rhythm instrument playtime. Circle dances and other movement songs allow babies to be held (or toddle!) while also being in the middle of the music. No music skill needed on part of adults. Kari will model everything you need to know, and she will keep it fun and relaxed, too. It’s a nice way to meet other parents, too.  For babies birth to just walking.

Joy Jammers

Fridays 10:30am – 11:30am A mixed age class for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers. Seasonal songs celebrate the abundance of nature we share in Floyd County with fun songs, lots of movement, scarves, balls, and rhythm instruments. Grandparents and other extended family members are always welcome to watch or play along, too. Sharing music fun as a family is the best way to build your child’s love of music. For children up to 6 years.

Which class is right for my child?

Baby Beats is for babies just born to just walking. It is an intimate class for babies and their caregivers only. When toddlers in Baby Beats classes become so active that they want to explore all the things in the store instead of participating in the music, it’s time to move them up to the mixed age Joy Jammers class. This class is for families of babies through 6 year olds. The older children in that class will likely keep your child’s attention, and there will be more large motor activities to occupy those newly mobile legs. If you have multiple children in the birth to 6 age range, bring everybody to the mixed age Joy Jammers class. Your baby will get a lot out of that class, too.

Classes are held on Fridays for the dates listed below each month. Note: Classes will be cancelled if Floyd County Public Schools are closed or delayed for winter weather conditions. Call 540-745-9495 for school closure info.

2018 Schedule

  • January: 12, 19, 26
  • February: 2, 9, 16, 23
  • March: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • April: 6, 13, 20, 27
  • May: 4, 11, 18, 25
  • June: 1, 8, 15, 22 (off 6/27)
  • July: 6, 13, 20 (off 7/27)
  • August: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • September: 7, 14, 21, 28
  • October: 5, 12, 19, 26
  • November: 2, 9, 16, 30 (off 11/23)
  • December: 7, 14 (off 12/21, 12/28)

Dates are subject to change pending inclement weather, illness, etc.

Class Prices

Families can sign up by the month at the rate of $10 per class. Drop-ins are $12. Second children (siblings in the same class) are half price. Same for additional siblings.

Seasonal CDs (Fall, Winter, Summer, Spring) are included with monthly enrollment, and can be purchased separately from Kari for $10 each. Families can cycle through the seasonal songs year after year, and watch as their children grow with them!

You have the option to sign-up for classes and pay in person at the Floyd Country Store, or pay in advance online:

Review on Kari’s new Album ‘It’s You I Like’ Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for this awesome CD!!!!! I’ve been listening to it ever since I got it and it so warms my heart and brings tears and smiles! My inner small ones will need to listen to this many times in the course of our healing journey. So much gratitude to you and everyone who helped to bring this baby out into the world! The world surely needs it!!!!

-Rainbow Lonestar

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