If you are looking for music-making fun and education for kids from infancy to 7 years old, Arts from the Heart is the place to go.
Owner/Director Jane Roets has been in business since 2001, originally as Tolland County Music Together and at the Ellington location since September 2012. The business offers Music Together classes, Little Yoga classes, and birthday parties, but Roets is planning to expand theofferings to include a range of music and arts programs that support and nurture children and families.
Music Together classes are for infants through age 7, while Little Yoga classes, taught by Monica Sackandy, include prenatal yoga, mommy and me yoga, and yoga for young children.
Roets is also available to offer Music Together preschool curriculum and currently serves as the Music Specialist at the Family Resource Center Preschool in Tolland, St. Matthew’s Preschool in Tolland, and at Tolland Green Learning Center.
Originally, Roets offered Music Together classes in Tolland and Somers, as well as Manchester and Hebron, but said that her plan was to have classes in Ellington.
“It’s a sweet town and was centrally located for the network of families I was working with,” she said. “I also longed for one place to go to. Going somewhere new each day was exhausting!”
She said that she just didn’t have good space and that several years ago, she had the opportunity to offer classes at Kiddy Korner Toy Store and at that point, merged her Tolland and Somers classes into that one location.
“When the toy store closed last summer, I made the decision to fulfill a longtime dream of having one location where I could really create a community for families to come together,” she said.
According to Roets, her interest in early childhood music goes way back. She said she’s always loved children and music, but originally started out as a Marriage and Family Therapist, having completed her M.A. at UConn.
“After working for several years in the substance abuse and youth services field, I left to stay home and raise my children,” she said. “At that time, I found Music Together and thought it would keep me busy for a few years. Music Together brought together my love of music, children, and parent-education, all in a well-researched program. Twelve years later, I can’t imagine doing anything else!”
Roets explained that Music Together, LLC is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for children from birth through age 7 and the grown-ups who love them. First offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement.
Music Together classes are based on the recognition that all children are musical. All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning.
“This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Music Together, LLC and I’m so proud to be a part of such an amazing organization,” said Roets.
Roets said that her business mantra is, “It’s all about the love.” She said that it started almost as a joke, but as things have grown over the years, she always comes back to it.
“If I love what I do, and I share that love with my children and families, my business thrives,” she said. “When I forget that and get mired down in the nitty gritty, I lose my passion and business contracts. It all comes back to loving what I do and sharing that with the families I come into contact with.”
When she’s not working, Roets can be found raising her three teenagers, singing, reading, blogging, Facebooking, having lunch with my girlfriends, volunteering at her church and with Ellington Friends of Music. She also spends time at Camp Calumet in New Hampshire as part of its summer music staff.