The Tiny Tot program originated in 2004 as a free outreach opportunity for St. Mark Lutheran Church. Classes are for children ages 0 – 5 years old and a parent/care-giver must accompany child to classes. Please contact Deb Paul at 515-991-6823 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Classes are 30 minutes in length with a 15 minute sharing/snack time at the end of every class.
The Tiny Tots sessions are offered on Fridays at 8:45, 9:30, 10:30 and 11:15am. Classes are taught September through May. Please contact Deb Paul to discuss enrollment.
About the Instructor Deb Paul
Tiny Tots is led by Deb Paul, who has been a music educator since 1997. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1998. She received her Kindermusik training in Chicago in 1996. She taught 5th – 8th grade band for 8 years at St. Augustin school in Des Moines and has been the Music Education Coordinator at Rieman Music in Urbandale. Deb met her husband, Jason, in the Hawkeye Marching Band at the University of Iowa and they have 3 wonderful children, her twins are Ryan and Emily and her daughter Katie. Deb loves touching the lives of so many children and bringing the magic of music to life in each of them. Deb has a gift of assessing the dynamics of each class and choosing specific activities that would excite every child.
Deb writes the Tiny Tot curriculum and uses a variety of resources and music to engage and teach children about the basic concepts of music. She uses a variety of percussion instruments to teach rhythm concepts, develop a child’s internal steady beat, and work on developing a child’s listening skills. The creative movement and dance used in class enhances a child’s gross movement skills as well as increasing social interaction and stimulating creativity. Finger plays and motions for songs increase fine motor skills and make songs fun and easy to remember at home. Deb also tries very hard to have children find their singing voice and develop pitch-matching and increase their repertoire. Deb may also be known as Debbie Doo Wop and she has recorded and produced two childrens’ albums.