[Ed. note: Noting to see here, folks; move along]
Mommy and baby yoga, music and sign language classes are apparently so over. Some parents are instead giving baby disc jockey classes a spin.
The tots are experimenting with turntables and DJ equipment to electronic music and techno at Baby DJ School in Brooklyn, a new program developed by composer and performing artist Natalie Elizabeth Weiss.
“The midi-trigger’s connected to the laptop, the laptop’s connected to the PA,” Ms. Weiss crooned in a sing-songy voice to the tune of “Dem Bones” this week. It was the first session of the class–which has garnered some national attention – even before a single class had taken place – as an example of Brooklyn being almost too cool for itself.
Six children, ages nine to 20 months, along with their parents and caregivers, sat, crawled, and walked as Ms. Weiss went over the basics of DJing.
Ms. Weiss, 31 years old, has taught classes for children at the School of Rock in Manhattan, but she had never worked with infants. One night she took her DJ equipment to a friend’s house and watched as the friend’s baby began to express interest in the machines. Soon, she began writing original songs that would teach kids about DJing and electronic music.