Created and taught by Katie Kraft, a local mother of two young children who are the source of her inspiration, Tots With Tempo is a weekly 45 minute music class designed for children ages 0-5 and a parent/caregiver.
We use imaginative music play to introduce basic musical concepts such as steady beat, fast/slow, high/low, loud/soft, and proper singing. Turn a drum into a steering wheel, or pop some "popcorn" on a parachute with small ball "kernels". Kids love to make believe, and what better way to do that than through music!
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:
Class Meeting Location:
Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church
2001 Sherwood Hall Lane
Alexandria, VA 22306
While our main Tots with Tempo class is recommended to ages 2-4.5, all songs and activities can be modified for any child age 0-5. Miss Katie will explain different options to make the material fit to your individual child.
For those parents looking for more age specific options, we are now proud to offer Babies with Beat, a class just for infants 12 months and under, Munchkins with Melody, a class for tots ages 12-23 months, and Kids with Cadence, for our Pre-K and K graduates aged 4.5-6.
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!