Alex Williams and Allison Meador are local moms who recently became co-franchise owners of Songs for Seeds in Frederick. The mommy-and-me-type classes start Sept. 10. Meador and Williams recently spoke to The News-Post about what Songs for Seeds has to offer.
What is Songs for Seeds?
Williams: Songs for Seeds is a children’s music class for kids aged zero to 6. It’s educational; not only are we learning about music, we’re learning about shapes, colors, animal sounds and how to say “hello” in different languages. It’s a 45-minute class, and it’s broken down into nine five-minute segments. We keep the format the same every week. There are songs we repeat every week, because repetition is good for early learning. The whole class is orchestrated by a live band, so we have a guitar player, a drummer and a keyboard player. They’re all local musicians. The class is led by the guitarist.
We “visit” a different country each week where we learn how to say “hello” in their language and we do an instrument of the week from that country. We also do an animal wheel, pictures, songs and nursery rhyme poems. The whole point of all of this is to introduce early learning concepts to the children. A 6-month-old is going to get something different, they’re going to be into shapes and colors and sounds, whereas a 4-year-old is actually learning “hello” around the countries.
What’s your background?
Meador: Alex and I actually met at a prior employer of ours, and we both have small children. I work in the property management field in Frederick and Alex became a stay-at-home mom, but we kept in touch. This idea for Songs for Seeds came up when we visited the franchise and we loved it and thought, “We have to bring this to our community.” What we also really liked about it is that we can take all of our kids to the same class. It’s not like one kid is sitting on the sidelines at gymnastics practice while the other one is involved in the class. We liked that it was something for everyone.
Williams: We came across the idea when we were talking in her office one day. Our first conversation was, “Wouldn’t it be cool to own a business.” Then it evolved into we want to do it in our local community, what was lacking in Frederick and what was something we were passionate about and something that directly affects our lives. Being a stay-at-home mom, it’s always a constant struggle of “what am I going to do with my kids today?” I want us to get out of the house and have that interaction.
How much to classes cost?
Williams: It’s $75 a month per child. Classes are held once a week. In months like December, we would only have three weeks of classes so we would prorate it to about $38 a month. It comes out to about $18.75 per class.
Where can parents register?
Online at songsforseeds.com.
What are you most excited about in going forward with this venture?
Meador: We are really excited to bring more arts and music education to Frederick. It’s something different. With a lot of the parents, when they leave, they say, “Wow, that was really good.” When you look at it online you don’t really get the full experience until you actually come to the class. We’re excited about the difference it’s made in the children’s lives who have already taken the class. We’ll be at In The Street in September, so we’re excited to get the word out about it then. We also do birthday parties and we can do special events downtown. We’re really excited to bring more music and arts to the community.
Williams: From a stay-at-home mom perspective, I’m excited to bring another option to parents and that they can bring children of multiple ages. They can spend that 45 minutes with their kid, they’re not just having them take a class. They’re interacting with them, they’re a part of the class. The whole thing is just super fun and interactive.