Seattle Baby Jam is an award winning music class for kids ages birth to three years old. Preschoolers, toddlers, babies, and kids from all backgrounds are welcome to attend. We offer fun, engaging, safe, low-pressure rhythm and music exposure for young ones. Help nurture your child's cognitive development through hands-on drumming, percussion, and multilingual songs, stories and games.
Our class is a parent and child interactive music and movement experience. We focus on entrainment*, rhythm, expression, creative movement and having fun while making music with your little one! Through repeated exposure to the songs and rhythms that we play in class, your child will have the opportunity to develop their music and language abilities.
We drum, dance, play and sing songs in English, Spanish, and Hebrew. We tell stories using a felt board and colorful figures that spark your child's imagination. We also have a jam at the end of our class that is lead by May and Blake. We like to encourage parent participation. If your child sees you playing and having fun, they are more likely to do the same! Plus, it gives you another way to connect with your child and begin developing a lifelong appreciation for music, language, song and dance.
Come jam with us in a low-pressure, safe, language enriching, fun family vibe!
Blake Cisneros and Mayrav Kessler
Co-Founders of Baby Jam.
Blake has been involved in African and Afro-Caribbean drum and dance for 22 years. He has studied intensively with drummers and dancers from Cuba, Haiti, West Africa, and Brazil.
Blake has experience working with youth and adults of varying ages and backgrounds, as a drum and dance teacher, and group facilitator. He has lead classes in Washington, New Mexico, New England, California and Hawaii. He has facilitated programs with organizations such as the YMCA, Power of Hope, Hawaii Public School District, Arts in Education NM, Western Washington University, REI, Bellevue Community College, University of Washington, and X8 Interactive Drumming.
Blake incorporates his knowledge of ethnomusicology into the lessons, and creates a safe and joyful atmosphere of learning. He also seeks to instill the value of drumming for healing and health, as we move further into a hyper-industrial world, Blake encourages therapeutic applications of the drum.
He is passionate and honored to share with others this beautiful journey of rhythm and movement. Blake currently resides in Seattle, WA with his partner May and their 14 year old son Aviv who is a musician and drummer in the Nathan Hale Jazz band.
Mayrav has 20+ years of experience in early childhood education. Fluent in Hebrew, May brings a sense of joy and playfulness to the classes. Her background is working with multilingual families as a professional early childhood educator and care provider. Her favorite time in Baby Jam is the story board tales, and getting the group to sing and play together. May loves the positive community connection that our classes create, and hopes to further develop the Baby Jam family network. She is also a budding percussionist with 10 years of drum study.