Baby DJ — a class for kids ages 3 month to 3 years that teaches them about being a DJ — is coming to Long Island for one day only this Sunday.
Kids will push the buttons to create the music, learn about electronic parts such as USB cords, and sing original songs about being a DJ. The 45-minute-long classes are at 11 and 11:45 a.m. at Spin DJ Amityville, 16 Broadway, 631-608-8858 and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. at Spin DJ Hauppauge, 531 Hauppauge Blvd., 631-780-6305. Classes are $30 per family and advance registration is preferred.
All of the classes will be led by Baby DJ creator Natalie Elizabeth Weiss, also known as DJ Unicornicopia, who usually teaches the classes in Brooklyn.
“Little ones, even as young as three months, have so much musical intuition,” Weiss says. “If you give them a violin or guitar, they don’t have the motor skills to play them yet. If you given them a modern DJ tool, they can push the buttons.”
Weiss passes the DJ equipment from child to child, and she has developed a format during which they sing her original songs and play games relating to being a DJ. For instance, when a child pushes a “reverb” special effects button and it sounds like the music is coming from a cave, the kids all pretend they are in a cave. When a '90s jungle beat is played, the kids all pretend they’re elephants.
Weiss also passes around record albums and the kids slide them from their sleeves while saying “Peekaboo,” she says. They learn about electronic equipment such as USB cords in age-appropriate ways.
“We teach them a USB cord is as beautiful and exciting as a bunny,” Weiss says. “All the pieces of electronic equipment are going to be associated in their minds with love.”
Weiss hasn’t yet planned to expand to Long Island for regular Baby DJ classes, but hopes to do so in the future. “I’m in the process of creating a curriculum that can be taught by other people,” she says.