Hi, I’m Johnny Only!
I have been performing live music for children in the Southern Tier for the past 10 years using a format I call Musical Play-dates.
My Musical Play-dates are weekly programs that combine live music performance with the informal elements of play-dates.
Parents/caregivers attend with their children to bond, mingle and play with my musical performances as the backdrop.
All ages are invited:
From infants and just crawling, to toddlers, pre-K and school age children.
There is no child too young or too old to benefit from developmental play and musical bonding with their parent/caregiver and peers.
And anyone who has raised a small child without other adults to talk to will realize that parents, grandparents and caregivers benefit from the socialization as much, if not more than the children do.
It’s a truly heartwarming and beautiful thing to see!
Typical numbers to attend these mid-week morning play-dates range between 100-200 guests each time.
These are not music concerts that happen one time and exist solely for their entertainment value.
In fact, musical performance is only a backdrop for the actual benefits of attending.
Why should you attend? You may be surprised how much you and your child will enjoy these features below:
A) They are a weekly support group that allows parents and caregivers to mingle with peers in the same role while their kids are being engaged in a safe environment.
B) They are a loosely structured opportunity for parents/caregivers to play with their kids and vise-versa.
C) They are a chance for the kids to get exercise and socialization in a safe and developmentally appropriate way.
D) They are a chance for the kids to hone language skills through the repetition of the musical lyrics.
E) They are a chance for the kids to interact with music and to learn about themselves and their world through the playful activities that are presented by the songs.
These are weekly programs:
Because these families get together weekly, they create an extended family, a social network, a tribe and a mini-culture.