An immersion experience like no other...

Canta y Baila Conmigo®® is a unique program where young children and their adults experience another culture and language firsthand while exploring and developing musically in an age-appropriate manner. Created by Maddie Welch, a bilingual educator, musician and native Spanish speaker, Canta y Baila Conmigo features:

  • A curriculum with dual, complementary goals of music and language immersion
  • Informal instruction in a supportive, joyful setting
  • Beautiful, professionally recorded music collections carefully selected to represent the wide variety of Hispanic musical traditions and genres
  • An illustrated Spanish-language family songbook including music notation, lyrics and information about the origins of the songs
  • English Language Supplement with song translations, vocabulary and grammar points for families learning Spanish

 

With Canta y Baila Conmigo® you and your child will be transported as you sing,

dance and play to the irresistible sounds and rhythms of Spanish-speaking countries.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Is CyBC a Spanish class or a music class?

CyBC is a both a music class in Spanish and a language Immersion class that introduces the Spanish language through the musical traditions of Spanish-speaking countries.

 

How is CyBC different from other Spanish classes that use music?

Many programs teach vocabulary using songs.  We pride ourselves in teaching language through music. We take music education seriously, and we present it in the context of language immersion. Children and adults learn language naturally and organically through the music activities, song lyrics, and the interactions in class.

 

Who is this class for?

CyBC is a music and movement curriculum in Spanish for children 0-5 and their adult caregivers. It is designed to be accessible to all families, regardless of native language, musical background, ethnicity, age or ability level.

 

Will this class be too “easy” for native speakers?

Young children, regardless of their home language, are in the process of developing language skills. CyBC teachers use structured immersion techniques, which allow them to use natural, whole language while including all participants.  Native speakers do not feel that the language is beginner-level or simplified.  In fact, Spanish-speaking families across the country find that CyBC is a great support to them in achieving language maintenance at home.

 

What if we don’t speak any Spanish? Will we be able to participate?

Non-Spanish speakers quickly catch on, because the language in class is natural, interactive, and used in context.  In addition, music is a universal language! Teachers actively engage participants through the music, regardless of each family’s level of Spanish. Lastly, the take-home materials offer translations and other English language supports for families learning Spanish.

 

My child doesn’t even speak English yet. Won’t he get confused?

Young brains are incredibly flexible, so children usually catch on much more quickly than their grown-ups! Age birth through 5 is the perfect time to expose your child to a second or third language. In fact, experts agree that the earlier the better for bilingual development. You may notice your child using Spanish words together with their English words. This is not confusion, but instead the sign of a smart, busy mind at work!

 

How does it work having babies and 5 year olds in the same class?

Both language and music have basic developmental “paths” that children follow as they grow and learn.  However, the age at which they master each skill is different for each child.  Babies and 5 year olds in general will each “get” something different from the class.  We feel that learning together, as a community, is the best way to strengthen music, language and social skills.

 

What is the role of the parents in class?

This class depends on the grown-ups’ participation.  They are the ones who model making music and using the language by following the teacher’s lead. Adults also model an attitude that is positive, cooperative and open to new things. Seeing adults enjoy themselves in class will seal the deal! Of course, your #1 job is to be there for and with your child, sharing the class experience and making memories to last a lifetime.

 

Can my child attend with her nanny?

Of course!  We welcome nannies, grandparents, uncles, aunties, daddies and mommies.  The class is “for children 0-5 and the adults who love them”.

 

Do we have to start with the first collection, or can we start anytime?

Language learning through immersion is natural and ongoing, so our collections are not sequential. Basic, key vocabulary is used and repeated every semester. Each collection also adds themes and special concepts that enrich language learning no matter which semester you join the class.

 

Are there materials to take home?

Our beautiful Family Songbook with accompanying music in CD and digital download form is a key component of our curriculum. Each family receives a set of these materials every semester, so that the learning and grooving can continue at home. In addition, registered families have access to the NEW Family Portal, which will be populated with additional family support materials as well as fun “extras” for kids.

 

What kind of Spanish will we be learning?

CyBC reflects wide a variety of music, traditions, cultures and dialects. Similarly, the teacher and the families in the class often represent an array of different nationalities. In class, you will be presented with “standard” Spanish, but you will also be exposed to the richness and variety of the Spanish spoken around the world.