Happy Summer 2016!

Plenty of Summer Shows, plus a Brand New Album!

Happy Summer, everyone!  We've had lots of shows in some wonderful communities, and have lots more to look forward to!  We sure hope you can make it to some of our shows!  Please check out our show listings here on my website.

Meanwhile, the music for our brand new CD is DONE and we are just finishing up the graphic design and duplication before launching our national publicity campaign!  And drum roll please, the title of the new album is... "Wonderful YOU!" The album celebrates YOU in all your wonderful uniqueness!  Please stay tuned for more details about how to get your hands on a copy or to hear tracks online!

THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2016, 5:00-6:00 pm: End-of-School-Summer-Kickoff Singalong and Dance Party in Brookline Village!

Presented by GroovyBabyMusic and Inner Space Yoga

GroovyBabyMusic and InnerSpace Yoga celebrate the end of the school year and beginning of summer by inviting you and your family to a special family dance party and sing along led by Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys! Vanessa taught Music Together® classes for 10 years with GroovyBabyMusic so this will be a unique performance, combining Music Together traditional favorites (even if you do not attend Music Together classes, they will be familiar songs to you or wonderful new additions to your family repertoire!) as well as some Vanessa Trien fan-favorite originals. Vanessa is backed by her talented band: Adam on lead guitar and mandolin, and Fabio on percussion. You too will be invited to join the band, using a variety of play-along instruments and props. Part performance, part hands-on music class, this will be a joyful family musical event, not to be missed!
Tickets are $12 in advance per family or $15 at the door per family. For advance tickets, visit http://groovybabymusic.com/category/3860/Groovy_Concert_Tickets

Vanessa Trien Introduces MonkeyJump Music and Movement Classes in Brookline!

Happy New Year, my friends!  As some of you know, I took a break this fall after ten glorious years of teaching Music Together music and movement classes to Brookline families. I continue to teach early childhood music and movement for Brookline's BEEP program and other preschools, but many Brookline families have approached me to ask when I might start teaching parent/child music classes again. I deeply miss my classes where I got to work with families and encourage a community of friends through shared musical experiences. Sooooo.... (drum roll please!)

I am now formulating new ideas for my own music and movement classes, to be called MonkeyJump Music and Movement!  Classes will be taught by little ole' me for up to twelve families with children (and siblings) ages 0-4. MonkeyJump classes will consist of an original ritual hello and goodbye song; small and large movement activities; instrument play; props including puppets, scarves, ribbons, parachute, bubbles, and more; and plenty of singing and bonding with your child, using both original songs and traditional songs that represent various cultures.  My longtime background in early childhood music education and M.Ed in Education (Harvard '96) qualifies me to develop and run this program but I think what sets me apart is my genuine LOVE for making music with young children and their families and my ability to connect with kids on their level in a fun and relaxed musical atmosphere.

As I develop my curriculum, I am offering four classes, taking place the second Tuesday of each month for a limited time (January 12, February 9, March 8 and April 12), at Brookline Village's Golden Chickpea Center where families can register for individual classes or receive a discount for registering for all four.  Due to the exciting playspace nature of Golden Chickpea, these four classes will have a unique format:  9:30-10 am Open Play Time at Golden Chickpea; 10:00-10:45 am MonkeyJump Music Class; and 10:45-11:00 am wind down, free play and chatting time with friends.

Golden Chickpea will be handling registrations so to register for one or more classes, please visit their website at http://www.thegoldenchickpeacenter.com/apps/webstore/

Beginning soon, MonkeyJump Music classes will be offered weekly on a semester basis.  But for now, PLEASE join me on this journey as I take baby steps toward my own music program by offering these four once-a-month classes, hosted this time around with Cecilia Caballero and the Golden Chickpea Center in the heart of Brookline Village.  A wonderful opportunity during this New England winter to enjoy Golden Chickpea's playspace, meet new and old friends, and try out my new, interactive music program for families!  Please do continue to take Music Together classes with GroovyBabyMusic, I highly support and love this program, but I hope you will consider enhancing your musical bonding time with your child by also giving MonkeyJump music a try!

And please share this letter with friends!  For any questions or suggestions you may have about my new MonkeyJump Music classes or upcoming shows with the Jumping Monkeys (a separate newsletter will be sent out shortly about shows), please feel free to email me at vanessatrienmusic@gmail.com, and visit my website, www.vanessatrien.com for all the latest.

Thank you so much for your continued support of my musical and educational endeavors!  I wish you and your family a warm and wonderful New Year.
Here's to 2016!  

Best wishes,
Vanessa Trien