Born from its parent company, Accelerando Music, Tots With Tempo is a weekly 40-45 minute music class designed for children ages 0-5 and a parent/caregiver.
We use music play to introduce basic musical concepts such as steady beat, fast/slow, high/low, loud/soft, and proper singing.
Our goal is to foster a lifelong love of music in your child while providing you with a memorable musical experience that will strengthen the bond between you and your little one.
Every Tots with Tempo class is 100% interactive and encourages you the parent to get directly involved in the process--no matter how silly!
A typical class follows this basic structure:
Every Tots with Tempo class and song can be modified for children ages 0-5. Miss Katie will explain different options to make the material fit to your individual child. But we also recognize that many parents of babies are seeking a more intimate experience with their littlest little.
This year Tots with Tempo is incredibly excited to introduce Babies with Beat--a class designed just for infants 12 months and under. While we follow the same class structure of a typical TWT class, the song choices are hand picked for those mini maestros! Please bring a baby wearing carrier for the movement portion of the class.
Katie Kraft is the creator and primary instructor of Tots With Tempo. With a degree in Music from the University of Virginia, an Orff-Schulwerk Music Education pedagogy certification from Boston College, a K-12 teaching certification through Montclair University, and early childhood music training through Music Together in Bologna, Italy, Katie brings her passion and knowledge for music to every Tots With Tempo class. Katie graduated from UVA in 2003 and started teaching general music, chorus, and piano/guitar lessons at a K-6 elementary school in New Jersey. There, she discovered what a powerful role music can play in a child's life.
In 2009 she moved back home to Virginia to pursue her true passion--early childhood music. In June of 2009, she started Accelerando Music, Tots with Tempo's parent company. It wasn't long before Accelerando Music and Tots with Tempo were making a name for themselves across the Northern Virginia and D.C. circuit, winning awards such as "The Most Awesome Music Class for Kids" and "The Most Magical Music Class for Kids" by Red Tricycle readers, as well as "Best for Families" by Washington Family magazine voters.
Today, Katie is married to Logan Kraft, a mechanial engineer by day and a rock star in the Logan Kraft Band by night! Katie and Logan also have an acoustic duo together that performs at weddings, private functions, and events around the D.C. area.
In April of 2014, they were thrilled to make their duo a trio, when they welcomed their son Holden to the world. In January of 2017, their trio became a quartet when their daughter, Jovie Rae, was born. Holden and Jovie are now not only the inspiration for many of Miss Katie's Tots with Tempo songs, but the guinea pigs, as well. So we can honestly say all Tots with Tempo material is kid-tested and approved!