Join the friends you already have or those you're about to meet at a Wee Bop music class. Each week warm, professional teachers will welcome you to your music class which is designed to be just the right fit for your child's current age and developmental level.
Wee Bop® music classes are much more than singing children's songs - they immerse kids in language, stimulate the brain, promote rhythmic skills, encourage movement and dancing, fire up imagination and advance social interaction. A music class can also be a gentle introduction to a structured class environment that prepares children for preschool and other group settings.
Wee Bop® offers high-quality, affordable classes that expose your child to the fundamentals of early music learning with GOOD music and fun activities for children AND adults. You'll learn about great kid's artist and meet other parents with young kids.
In 2005, while trying to figure out how to put her passions for singing, performing and working with kids all together, owner and teacher Chellie Brown started Wee Bop part-time in Northeast Minneapolis while keeping her corporate job "on the side". Two years later she was teaching classes full-time. She is certified to teach the Musikgarten curricula but quickly moved toward writing her own material and using songs that appeal to both children and adults.
She holds a BA in acting from the University of Northern Iowa and studied jazz at Sydney Australia's Conservatorium of Music. When she's not at the Wee Bop studio in NE Minneapolis you can find her teaching for the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) in Roseville, MN, at Neighborhood Children's House Preschool and at Marcy Open School in Minneapolis as an Artist in Residence. She's also a singer about town and dabbles in theatre but is most proud to be the mom of a wonderful high schooler who loves singing, piano, drums and baseball.
Teacher Sara Fanucchi is a singer and early childhood music teacher who teaches classes at several of our locations. She began musical studies at the age of 4 with the violin and began classical vocal training as a teenager. She holds a Masters of Music degree in voice from Manhattan School of Music, a Bachelors of Music degree in voice and a Bachelors of Arts degree in environmental studies from Oberlin College. Prior to moving to Minneapolis in 2013, Sara taught early childhood music classes for 7 years in New York City where she also performed regularly in opera and concert productions. Sara is the proud mom of two wonderful kids.
Teacher Nicole Navratil got hooked on performing after singing her first solo 20 years ago. She received her degree in Vocal & Choral Music Education from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 2005. In addition to teaching and music directing, Nicole performs with the local Americana group, Sonic Love Child. Nicole is also a yoga teacher and enjoys travel, cooking, and spending time with her niece and nephew. She is excited to have fun making music with the Wee Bop kids!
Teacher Travis Poelle is an award-winning performer who has been seen in various musical theatre and rock n’ roll productions all over the country. He holds a BA in Music from Whitman college, and loves playing guitar and piano for kids. It started by entertaining his two young daughters with some of his favorite early rock classics and has grown into a rewarding and thrilling career. Travis has taught at various preschools and child care programs in MN and is excited to join the Wee Bop team.
Teacher Sarah Morris is a performing musician, with a background in music education. She attended Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, in Appleton, WI, where she received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education. Sarah moved to Nashville, and spent four years singing and writing, before returning home to the Twin Cities, where she has worked as a K-12 general music instructor, and high school choir director, while continuing to write and record original music, and perform around town. She released her fourth recording of original music this fall called "Hearts in Need of Repair" and songs from the album are getting played on local and regional radio stations. She is a mom to two little ones, and believes wholeheartedly in the importance of music for young minds (and hearts!). Sarah is excited to be part of the Wee Bop teaching family!
Teacher Katy Hays has been performing since the age of 17 when she got her first gig singing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ at The Tommy Bartlett Water Show in Wisconsin Dells. Since then she has performed with various Twin City based bands including ‘The Pizazz Band’, ‘Blazing Saddles’, and ‘The R-Factor’. She has also performed at the Guthrie in Warm Beer, Cold Women: A Tribute To Tom Waits, The Lab Theater and Chanhassen Dinner Theatre in Power Balladz, the Old Arizona Theater in Vampires! Horror!, and Hey City Stage in Beehive. Katy performs regularly in Happy Birthday Janis: A Janis Joplin Tribute at the Cabooze and Moondance Jam in Walker, MN. Most recently, Katy has created a Led Zeppelin/Janis Joplin Tribute Band called ‘The Explainers’ who perform monthly at Mayslack’s in lovely NE Minneapolis. Most importantly, she is the incredibly proud Mom of Joey and Vivian.
Teacher Erica Morrow joins the Wee Bop staff as a performing artist and a theatre educator. She has studied vocal performance for 15 years and holds a B.S. in Theatre Arts and Elementary Education from Loyola University, Chicago. She is passionate about helping children find their unique artistic voice and providing opportunities for those gifts to develop. In addition to her musical background, Erica is a mom to three little ones and can be found behind the camera capturing life's wonderful moments as the owner of Slow Road Photography. She is excited to sing, play, and move around with your little ones!
Classes: are offered year-round at the Wee Bop Studio in northeast Minneapolis, at Kiddywampus in Hopkins and during the school year through the ECFE program in Roseville, MN. For current class offerings see classes pages.