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 teaches private ukulele lessons but is most proud to be the mom of a wonderful college kid who loves singing, playing guitar & drums and baseball.
Teacher Beth Gusenius is excited to join the Wee Bop team! She has been performing most of her life, from childhood neighborhood productions of “Annie” and “The Wizard Of Oz” to more recent engagements with The Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Chorale, and VocalEssence. Beth earned a B.A. in Music from Gustavus Adolphus College and now teaches toddler and preschool music classes for Step By Step Montessori schools in the metro area. In her spare time, she likes to see live music, hang out with friends, family, and her cat (Milo Cyrus), play tennis/trivia/board games, and sing karaoke.
Teacher Jackie Johnston has been passionate about music for as long as she can remember. As a kid, she would carry around her boom box like it was a stuffed animal, and charge the neighbors for self-produced "concerts." Her parents found that choir was the perfect way to channel her interests. She was an alto in choir from middle school through high school show choir. There's a chance you may even see her show choir "jazz hands" make an appearance in classes. She began her undergrad as a music education major at the University of Minnesota Duluth, but ultimately graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. Today, along with her husband, they are avid concert go-ers with a vinyl listening room that is slowly becoming their daughter's playroom.
Substitute Teacher Nicole Navratil got hooked on performing after singing her first solo over 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 an online English teacher and enjoys travel, cooking, and spending time with her niece and nephews. She is excited to have fun making music with Wee Bop families!
Classes: are offered year-round at the Wee Bop Studio located in Straightline Dance 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.