We are a big supporter of the idea of raising kids bilingual as well as introducing them to music at an early age. We did or are doing both. Obviously, our kids have an advantage since their Mama is a true German girl and they have been exposed to the German language since birth, but parents don't need to be able to speak a foreign language in order to raise a bilingual child.
You also don't need to be a musician to raise a musical kid, in fact, we participated in an early childhood music & movement program and learned that it is less important how well you sing than it is to model making the choice to sing.
Research suggests that there is a linkage between music and language learning and that exposure to music or a foreign language during the years most critical to brain development can lead to increased brain density and an increased skill in math and logic.
Children's songs are especially beneficial to kids and adults alike. They’re repetitive and easy to learn and absorbing the lyrics of children’s songs will embed proper syntax and pronunciation in your mind, and it’ll teach you essential grammar and vocabulary.
Mi Casa Es Tu Casa
With rave reviews all over the internet, Mi Casa Es Tu Casa is currently the best-rated parent-child music class in Austin, designed to introduce and reinforce Spanish while enhancing early childhood development and basic music competence. They have recently opened up a French program as well.
Their programs are ideal for parents who want:
- Early Spanish or French exposure for their little ones
- A baby or toddler music class
- American Sign Language adapted to babies
- Tips and tools to raise bilingual children
- A fun, entertaining and enriching experience to bond with their children
- Socialize and meet other like-minded families
Mi Casa Es Tu Casa offers weekly classes Monday to Saturday.
Canta – Spanish parent-child music class
Through music, movement, games and props, children explore and develop basic music proficiency as well as Spanish acquisition in the company of their parent or caregiver.
After two consecutive sessions, and according to your child's developmental stage, your child will be able to say words or phrases in Spanish or French, pick up to the pickup song, use sign language to communicate certain concepts, show music milestones, be interested in music and Spanish/French language. Read more about Canta.
Venez chanter! – French parent-child music class
Venez chanter! is a French parent-child music class for children from birth to 5 years old that enhances basic music competency, facilitates language acquisition and also builds community and important social skills with respect and care for each individual.
All classes are taught by a native speaker of the target language that is highly qualified not only to answer the most advanced literacy questions a family might have but also cultural matters of the language to offer the most enriching experience for you and your child. Read more about Venez chanter!.
Want to try before you buy? Register for a free trial class for either Canta, their Spanish parent-child-class, or Venez chanter!, their French parent-child class.
Birthday parties, adult classes, gift cards
Mi Casa Es Tu Casa also offers birthday parties, adult Spanish classes, and gift cards. Contact Mi Casa Es Tu Casa at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Winter session 2019 + demo classes
They are currently accepting new family enrollments for their upcoming winter session which starts in January 2019 but classes are filling up very fast.
View the current class schedule here.
Special discount for Live Grow Play Austin readers
Mi Casa Es Tu Casa is offering an exclusive discount to Live Grow Play Austin. Use coupon code LGPA18* at check out to get $25 off tuition for new families. Register here.
*This coupon code will expire on December 20th and is limited to only 5 families on a first come first served basis.
Read below what other parents and happy Mi Casa Es Tu Casa customers have to say:
These classes are THE BEST. My daughter loves them, she sings the songs at home, she's learning Spanish, AND she now sings the "pick up toys" song at home and picks up all of her toys! I really enjoy the classes, too! It's nice to have good music at home that my toddler likes and that mom and dad can enjoy, too.
My husband and I have been attending music classes with our son since he was 5 months old. He absolutely adores his teacher, and we do, too! This class has reinforced the music and language skills we're teaching at home. But most of all, we bond and have fun! This class is pure magic and something we look forward to all week.
I signed up for the Spanish Music classes when my son was only a few months old. Now we are in our third session. My son just turned a year old and he not only now has an ear for music, he also is understanding Spanish!! Attending these classes has helped us discover things about our son, understand him better and have incredible experiences we might not have had without attending these classes. Mi Casa Es Tu Casa is definitely worth the investment!
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