Lil’ Rockers is a unique music and movement program in Milton, Ontario – featuring popular music that will have you singing and dancing along with your child.

We know that children learn best and have the most fun when parents and caregivers actively participate in music classes with them. But we also know that many parents are not big fans of the typical repertoire of children’s music featured in preschool music classes.

That’s where Lil’ Rockers classes are different. With most children’s music featuring simplistic musicality, many music educators now suggest that parents opt for child-friendly adult music to expose their children to a greater quality and variety of music experience. The Lil’ Rockers program emphasizes popular music that is musically interesting, varied, and child-friendly. Come join in and see why we’re being touted as one of the best kids music programs in Milton!

These are the songs that you know and love, and feature lyrics that you wouldn’t mind your child singing out loud in front of Grandma.

Our music selection rocks, but so does our approach to learning. Located in Milton Ontario, Lil’ Rockers features a child-centered early childhood music curriculum. Developed in line with the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Pedagogy for the Early Years by Early Childhood Educators, our innovative curriculum encourages developmentally appropriate discovery, creativity, and a play-based approach to learning.

What does that mean? That your child is going to be playing and having fun, but learning too! And not only are Lil’ Rockers classes valuable for your child’s musical development, but they nurture cognitive, language, physical, emotional, and social development as well. We offer classes specifically designed for each developmental phase, so your infant, toddler or preschooler will benefit from our awesome music classes!

Our Staff

Kathryn Preisner

Kathryn is a graduate of Queen's University where she obtained her B.A (Hons) in Music. She has been playing the piano and singing for many years, she has obtained RCM certifications and performed in various productions. She has worked in different positions including private instructor, director, and musical director. Kathryn has actively worked in the communities she has lived in to promote arts education, including running a youth theatre program in Milton Ontario. She currently teaches in the Montessori sector as a specialized instructor of music and drama. She has worked with children and young adults, ranging in age from eighteen months to eighteen years. Kathryn is excited for the experiences that House of Chords will bring her.

Kiersten Hendley

Kiersten Hendley is a Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC), a member in good standing with the Canadian Association for Music Therapy (MTA) and holds a Master of Music Therapy (MMT) degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. As part of her professional practice, Kiersten has extensive experience working with children. She uses her professional and musical expertise to educate, enrich, and support her clients. We are so happy with the positive energy and musical talent Kiersten brings to the Lil’ Rockers program!

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of payment do you accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Cheque and Cash

If classes have already started can I still register?

Although it is recommended that all participants start from the beginning, provided there is space in the class, we can make exceptions.

My child is 15 months old, walking and very social; can we register for the 18-36 month classes?

Absolutely, the ages limits we set out are guidelines. Every child develops differently and so a child who is walking and social may benefit and thrive in the active, movement-based Whammies classes.

If I miss a Lil’ Rockers class, can I do a make-up class?

Unfortunately we cannot offer make up classes or refunds when a class is missed. That said, if Lil’ Rockers cancels a class, a make-up date will be scheduled to ensure all participants have access to 8 weeks of classes.

Can both parents come to class?

The Lil’ Rockers classes are set up as a 1:1 caregiver/child ratio and to accommodate a maximum of 10 parents and 10 children. If both parents want to come to a class, we ask that you let us know in advance so we can ensure there is enough space.

Can I bring more than one child to a class?

Most of the Lil’ Rockers classes are set up as 1:1 caregiver/child ratio and was designed with curriculums specific to each age grouping. That said, we do offer a family class for families to attend with more than one child. Please see our Family Band class in the Classes & Fees page.

My baby is 2 months old, will he benefit from coming to classes at such a young age?

It is never too early to begin music and movement classes with your child! Our classes have been developed by early childhood specialists and are based on the most recent research in baby development. At 2 months old, your child will benefit from the gross motor movement activities, baby sign language, parent-child bonding, sensory stimulation, and musical experiences included in each and every class. Not only that, but you as a parent will enjoy getting to know other parents in a fun and welcoming environment, becoming part of a musical community that you are your child can grow with and be a part of for years to come!

My child is apprehensive about coming into the class and participating. What should we do?

Most children adore our Lil’ Rockers classes. They love to dance, sing, and play musical instruments. However, a group music experience may be new to your child. They may be shy at first- and that’s okay! It is not uncommon for a child to attend several classes before feeling fully comfortable. Each child responds in a unique way in the musical environment. Don’t be discouraged- what a child is absorbing in class is often evidenced in the home environment rather than in a certain level of participation in class. The understanding and consistency of the parent or caregiver in class and at home are keys to facilitating musical learning and growth. Relax and enjoy the music with your child. If your child cannot focus on the activities and does not sit by your side at all times- don’t worry. As long as your child is in the room, they are participating. Come and speak with the instructor before or after class about some strategies specific to your child.

Policies

Refunds

Unfortunately, once classes begin we cannot offer refunds. Class fees cannot be refunded or prorated due to absences or illness. Credit for the class may be given under special/extenuating circumstances and will be assessed on an individual basis.

Visitors

Spouses, partners and relatives in and out of town may come and join our class. It is a treat for your child to share their class experience. We do ask that not more than two adults per child come to the class due to spacing.

Non-Enrolled Siblings

If you have two children in different age groups that would like to attend our program we offer a “Family Band”, a mixed curriculum for various ages. Siblings under 8 months are welcome to sit in on Whammies and Riffs classes for no additional charge, preferably in a carrier if content to do so. This assures that you are able to give complete attention to the enrolled child. Emergency exceptions are understood. If occasionally older children need to come along to their younger siblings’ class, please e-mail the office beforehand.

Make Up Classes

We do not offer make up classes at this time. If Lil’ Rockers needs to cancel a class, a make-up class will be offered to ensure all participants receive their full program.

Behaviour Protocol

Children are a non-stop bundle of energy. It is perfectly normal for children to run, tumble, scream, cry and protest in different environments. All children do these things and we at Lil’ Rockers understand and want to provide a safe and fun space for kids to experience music. Please keep in mind that some behaviours, although very natural for a child, may be disruptive during group activity.

Children are allowed to move around the Lil’ Rockers space during all activities. Please do not be discouraged if your child is not particularly interested in certain activities, as this is very natural and normal. If your child does become upset, disruptive or destructive, you are welcome to take them outside the room and set appropriate boundaries before returning. This helps our class move smoothly and keeps all children focused.

As caregivers, you are well aware that accidents happen and everybody can have bad days. Although it is rare, aggressive behaviours create apprehension and disrupt the class environment and therefore will not be tolerated. Aggressive behaviour could include, but are not limited to, throwing objects/instruments at others, biting, hitting, kicking, tackling and scratching. This also includes behaviours that damage the class facility or the music shop. We encourage all caregivers to help stop “contagious behaviours” such as grabbing from the bins and pulling at the gates.

All children have rough days and that is very understandable. If your child is upset and unable to settle in after attempts are made to calm them, it may be best to leave and try again on a better day. You are always welcome to come in and speak to the instructor about strategies that will suit the specific needs of you and your child.

Attire

Lil’ Rockers is a very active class filled with lots of movement and fun. We encourage all who attend to wear comfortable attire, including socks as no shoes are permitted on the mats.

Sick Children

If your child has a fever, please wait until he/she is fever free for 24 hours before returning to class. If your child has suffered a stomach bug or has thrown up within the last 24 hours, please keep your child at home. If your child has a severe cough, thick nasal discharge, green & yellow gook on his/her nose, a rash or conjunctivitis, please let them rest at home.

Restrooms and Changing

We have gender neutral restroom at the front of the studio, which has a change table and diaper disposal. Please change babies and toddlers in the restroom instead of the classrooms or entrances. This ensures privacy and that the diapers are disposed of in the diaper pails.

Food and Drink

As far as food is concerned, you are welcome to bring a snack and hang out and visit after class. Nursing and bottle feeding are permitted both inside and outside the classroom as you see fit but please hold off on bringing out food and drinks otherwise during class. If you bring a coffee to class, please ensure that you place it behind the cubbies during class time to prevent spills.