Classes Operate Out Of A Crown Heights Thrift Store

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some Brooklyn children are trading their playpens for playlists.

As CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported, a new kind of music education program is teaching kids from 3 to 36 months to become disc jockeys.

Natalie Elizabeth Weiss came up with the idea for the Baby DJ School, which operates out of the Cool Pony thrift store in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Each semester includes eight classes.

“Research shows that it’s as early as 3 months that kids can start distinguishing musical phrases and having recollection of melodic themes,” Weiss said.

Weiss teaches the students using real DJ equipment and sings her lessons using lines such as “we press play, and we’re on our way to being a baby DJ” and “I always always pre-queue before I play it in front of you.”

The kids are even developing their own DJ personas, earning nicknames such as “DJ Sparkle Toes” and “DJ Ellie in the House.”

Parents say they’re realistic with their expectations.

“It’s buttons,” said mother Jessica Childs. “It’s not a fine instrument that you have to strum.”

“We’re just having fun,” added mother Alexis Langsfeld.

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