Serving Eastern Long Island from Setauket to Mattituck, Lyrical Children has been serving the local community since 2002. Its music based programs are designed to allow children to grow musically in a developmentally appropriate way.
Patch spoke to Marie Kaminski about her experience creating an environment for children to try and peak creatively.
Why did you choose to have a store in the Port Jefferson/Miller Place area?
Lyrical Children Inc has been offering Music Together® mixed age classes to families in the area since 2001. We have used space in various locations over the years both in Port Jefferson and Miller Place. Currently our classes are held in the Port Jefferson Village Center in Port Jeff and at Marchand’s School of Dance in Miller Place. I was drawn to Music Together because of its grounding in early childhood research and music development. Having taught music and piano for years I truly loved working with young children. When I trained in 1999 I knew I had found a program that not only met the needs of children but also brought families together to share experiences that would last a lifetime. Over the years it has been a privilege to watch children develop their own personal musical style and see parents rediscover their love of music. Our teachers are trained by Music Together and enjoy sharing their love of music with the families as well. Our mixed-age classes are great for siblings from newborns thru five year olds and we also offer a Babies Only class for 8 months and under. We sing, dance, play instruments and create a weekly community musical event for the children. When they listen to the music or sing the songs at home they reconnect mentally and process their class experience.
How has the business changed over the years?
We were thrilled to find the Port Jefferson Village Center shortly after it was renovated as a perfect place for our classes. Local families really love the room with all the outside light and openness. Our location in Miller Place at Marchand’s is also wonderful. They renovated a few years ago and it is a central location for us.
When we first started offering classes in the area both I and my partner Deanna were teaching all of the classes. Now we have grown to have five teachers who share the class load in all of our six locations. We have had many families who have returned with multiple children over the years and the older ones still love to visit or sing the music at home.
What's the biggest challenge with competing against national chains and websites?
Our biggest challenge is getting the word to new moms about the program. Musical aptitude is something we are all born with and there are many ways to stimulate and bond with a baby through music. Sometimes parents don’t realize that there child is not “too young” for our class, especially in the Babies Only class.
What are you most proud of?
I am very proud when I hear parents tell me how the classes have affected their families’ life or their child’s development. I reconnect all the time with parents who love telling me what their child is doing musically these days. Music Together, which was created 26 years ago by Ken Guilmarten and co-authored by Dr Lili Levinowitz, connects families all over the world that are sharing the same musical experiences with their children.
STORE: Port Jefferson Village Center and Marchand’s School of Dance
LOCATION: 101-A East Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777 and 451 Route 25A, Miller Place, NY 11764