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    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 27-Nov-2016
    Subject:  Shout out for Ume Ume
    Comment:  Just want to give a big shout out for Ume Ume. My daughter has been attending their Ume Ume + Umbini classes for a couple of months. She's only 11 months but we did trial classes at a bunch of different places and this was the one she liked best. I get lots of photos and updates from our nanny and can tell that she's really enjoying herself. I attended the class today for the first time and thought it was great. The classes are all themed and I look forward to seeing the new theme every week. They obviously put a lot of time and care into the classes. They are also so friendly when dealing with makeups, drop ins, etc.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 23-Jul-2016
    Subject:  Shout out for Ume Ume Music & Arts Birthday Parties!
    Comment:   This is a shout out for Ume Ume Music & Arts! We have been taking classes with Sotiria for a couple years now and finally enlisted her services for birthday entertainment. She went above and beyond. The experience far exceeded my expectations. At one point, the kids (ages 1-3.5) were having a mini dance party with her leading the pack. I couldn't believe how well she commanded the room full of kids she hadn't met before and really admired her patience. She took her time at the party and never appeared rushed or in a hurry to leave. I highly recommend them for birthdays. I'm also a huge fan of their classes!
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 26-Apr-2016
    Subject:  Music Classes
    Comment:  I’ve been taking my kids to music class at ume ume music + arts on 4th Ave and 3rd Street for 2 years now. The studio is run by a brother and sister who are just the kindest people and Sotiria, who teaches all the classes, develops the curriculum, hosts all the birthday parties, and teaches private lessons there, is a doll. My kids have grown with her classes from infancy to toddlerhood and beyond (for my pre-K kid). She integrates visual art, dramatic arts, storytelling, pretend play, singing, instruments, music appreciation, and even the rudiments of musical training into her class. And they’re always structured around a (different!) interesting theme— my kids have learned about great composers in history, US states, famous museums around the world, and more. I can’t recommend them highly enough!
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 15-Feb-2016
    Subject:  UME UME on Fourth Ave And Third - Shout Out
    Comment:  I just wanted to share what a wonderful place Ume Ume on fourth ave and third street is. My son is five years old and takes the "12 Week Enrichment" course on Fridays. Miss S is AMAZING. Each week she follows a lesson plan from a multi disciplinary curriculum she created where children learn about a different place, event, or movie of cultural importance and use different mediums (painting, playing instruments, listening to music, exploring replicas of famous artifacts, creating masks and clothes, recreating scenes of a movie, etc) to educate the children. The class is fantastic! I cannot get over how much preparation, care, and talent Miss S puts into these classes. She presents each lesson with enthusiasm, patience, and kindness and is so sweet to the children. I have NO personal stake in this business other than I would love to see Miss S and her brother continue their success in our neighborhood. Please sign your kids up for their classes - their class schedule is online -http://umeumearts.com/registration.html- they will learn so much - and you will be supporting a local business/educator who deserves it!
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 24-Jan-2016
    Subject:  Re: Does anyone have experience with ume ume program?
    Comment:  My 3 yo and 18mo old took a 12 week music/art enrichment class last fall and we really liked it. The space is new, clean, bright and well stocked with art and music supplies, a piano (albeit out of tune) and a few other instruments, as well as toys that the kids love during open play/story times. I thought the teacher, Sotiria, was great with the kids, and she came prepared to every class with props and art materials applicable to that week's theme. Our class size was small (2-5 kids) and the content of the class was unique and drew both my kids in.My only complaint is the cost. Compared to many other classes in the neighborhood, it is substantially more expensive at ~$45/class. They include some free drop-in passes and have a flexible make-up policy, but bottom line is that this is twice what many other local children's music classes cost. If budget is not an issue, I think it's a great option but otherwise, especially for a 6-12mo old, I would question whether the cost is justified.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 24-Jan-2016
    Subject:  Re: Does anyone have experience with ume ume program?
    Comment:  I can't speak to the 6-12 program, but my 3 year old son did the enrichment program and we LOVED it!!! The theme last season was music and art though the era’s, and this time they are doing museums of the world. They do circle/story time, play with an instrument (Violin, drum, triangle, guitar) and then two art projects in 50 minutes. My son loves Sotiria the teacher and they also do mini camps which we did last summer for a week.Someone mentioned they seemed pricey, but compared to some of the other music classes I took it was a much better quality - PLUS you get 6 drop in classes. They also give a PSP discount!
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    On 30-Apr-2015
    Subject:  Review
    Comment:  For two seasons my daughter has been enrolled at Ume Ume Music & Arts on 3rd Street & 4th Avenue. I can't say enough about how incredible the instructor is, and how above and beyond she and her brother go to plan each and every class (they own & co-run the program together). Like me you may have walked by the storefront a number of times and wondered what they do and how it is different from the many other Park Slope programs out there for toddlers. I can tell you that this stands out from anything my daughter has ever done; last season they created a passport and at every session, the teacher created a full hour of content covering the music, food, traditions, and a bit of other knowledge about each country. At the end of each class, my daughter's passport was "stamped" and she came home with something she'd cooked in the class (a crepe when they did France; lasagna when they studied Italy) as well as an art piece from the same session (a paper mache Eiffel Tower for example). Both owners have their Masters in Ed. and are beyond dedicated. I highly recommend it beyond measure!
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    On 28-Dec-2014
    Subject:  GREAT birthday party venue!!
    Comment:  I was just about to post this! My friend had her 1 year old's birthday party this weekend at Ume Ume on 4th avenue and they were AMAZING. I can't say enough good things about the owners - one young lady Siteria is an educator and plays music and does games and she is a DOLL. Her mom Cristine is so sweet and they helped me and my friend do a crazy set up and didn't bat an eye. A cousin was there and helped too and she was very sweet. We had food and wine and kids running around like mad and music. It was wonderful. I asked if I could have a party for my 10 year old and bring in a TV with the Wii and they said sure!!I highly recommend it!
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    On 28-Dec-2014
    Subject:  Re: GREAT birthday party venue!!
    Comment:  I also had my daughter's first birthday party at ume ume a few weeks ago. LOVE them. I take my children to music class there and find the classes clever, interesting, engaging, and really fun for both my 3 and 1 year olds, so I wasn't surprised that they were fantastic to work with to plan the party. They arranged the catering from a great place, helped me with all my decorations (and I'm sure they would have helped in getting balloons and cake stands and other things for me, but I wanted to do that myself), ran a music/dance class that entertained children aged 1-7 and created a wonderful experience for my little girl, who had an absolute blast. The space is also beautiful and impeccably clean, something my more germaphobic guests appreciated. And I can't speak highly enough of Sotiria and Christos, her brother, the owners. They are good people.
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    On 17-Aug-2014
    Subject:  Recommendation for Ume Ume Arts
    Comment:  My 14 month old son and I took a great drop-in music class here. The teacher was really sweet and talented and the space is so cute. They have all these cool instruments that my son loved. We were the only ones there, so we basically had a private lesson. They offer several different drop in classes for summer for babies and for older kids too - great way to beat the heat. It's on 4th avenue and 3rd Street.
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    On 17-Aug-2014
    Subject:  Recommendation for Ume Ume Arts
    Comment:  I want to second this recommendation! I’ve been taking my 2.5 year old to their music classes since April and he LOVES them. He gets to play the violin and piano and drums, “conduct” Beethoven symphonies (something he loves to do in our house now), learn about the ballet, and paint art based on the music he listened to. On “music class” days, he has no interest in JJ Byrne around the corner, he just asks me over and over if we can go to his music school. It’s in a beautiful, pristine, light-filled space that also hosts birthday parties, and the brother and sister who have opened it are so kind to the children. We’ll definitely be enrolling him again next semester and probably his little sister, too, when she’s ready.(July 2014)