Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories debuted just weeks before my daughter was born. It’s my favorite album this year, therefore my daughter’s favorite album of all time. I love singing the refrain of “Lose Yourself to Dance” to her.
Why? Because I don’t know the words to the rest of the song. The deeper reason? I want my kid to learn how to lose herself to dance, lose herself to song, lose herself in music. Music communicates in ways that our human vocabulary cannot. It goes deep; it understands; it connects.
With that overly dramatic self-portrait as a backdrop, you can appreciate how excited I was to learn about an alternative children’s music program in Logan Square: Stomp and Shout.
Stomp and Shout: Lose Yourself to Dance
Stomp and Shout offers a variety of music classes for children from ages 6 months to 4 years.
Founded and run by Cassie Slater, Stomp and Shout offers a variety of music classes for children from ages 6 months to 4 years.
Her 45-minute classes were inspired by David Weinstone. Weinstone created a kid’s music program named, “Music for Aardvarks and other Mammals.”
Slater, a graduate of DePaul University’s Theater School, learned about the “Weinstone Way” while living in Brooklyn. She and her husband recently moved back to Chicago and decided Logan Square was the perfect place for them to live, and for Slater to start her new business for kids.
“Logan Square has similar amenities and energy to Brooklyn,” she says. “It also has affordable housing, large, green spaces and a better sense of community.”
The nine-week classes are mixed and not arranged by age—a format that allows children of different ages to learn from one another. They use puppets, they dance, and they jam out with instruments at the end of each class.
Although fun and happy, this music program draws from lived experiences. Children sing songs about dealing with public transportation, not about being saved by a prince. Stomp and Shout’s music encourages children to learn how to be happy with real life, and not so dependent on picture-perfect outcomes.
“This music allows kids to let their freak flag fly,” Slater says. “Music, imagination and play are not only fun, they are essential to the development of our children’s social, physical and cognitive skills. The classes aim to help children develop a sense of themselves and also build a connection with the world they live in.”
An eight-week fall session runs from Oct. 14 until Dec. 13. Learn more about Stomp and Shout.