Meadowlark is a nature – inspired music class for young children and caregivers, led by acclaimed indie singer-songwriter Noe Venable. We sing songs from around the world. Singing, movement, play along instruments and our enchanting Celtic harp make this a class the whole family will enjoy. Join us at indoor and outdoor locations around San Francisco.
No prior musical experience required!
At Meadowlark, we sing songs that will help develop your child’s nature sense. We don’t just sing about nature, we sing in it! Throughout spring, summer and fall, two of our three available class days meet outside in the scenic parks of San Francisco. (We move indoors for winter, to keep our class cozy and warm.)
Created by a Waldorf-trained teacher, Meadowlark is gentle on the senses. To prevent overwhelm, we balance exuberant moments with quieter ones. As the mother of two sensitive children, our instructor knows how to meet little ones with gentle warmth and care.
photo by Little Bird Photo
At Meadowlark, we remember what it’s like to see the world through a child’s eyes. Our class honors and nurtures the wonder of this time.
Our class attracts a very special group of people— mostly parents and a few special nannies who are deeply present with and for their children. We love witnessing the connections that develop between members of our circle.
Because this is the purpose underlying everything we do:
At Meadowlark, we are building a village,
one musical circle at a time.
How to Join Us
Meadowlark Meets in Several Locations
Which Meadowlark Location is Right For You?
Golden Gate Park
Fridays, 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM through 11/23/18
Mondays, 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM through 11/19/18, Noe Valley
Our outdoor class meets in a meadow, under sheltering trees. Our instructor brings along a cart of wonders, including play along instruments, a puppet show, and so much more. It's magical to make music together like this in the great outdoors, surrounded by the very creatures featured in the songs we share!
Saturdays, 10:30 AM, Noe Valley, starts 12/1
West Side Art House
Fridays, 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, Inner Richmond, starts 11/30
About the Instructor
Noe Venable is a singer-songwriter and music educator with twelve albums to her name. In her twenties, she toured the country, opening for many well-known artists, including Ani DiFranco. In recent years, she has devoted herself to her other life’s passion, teaching. In 2010, Noe established the music program at the Brooklyn Waldorf School, where she taught music to grades 1 – 6. In San Francisco, she created and led the parent-child program at Golden Bridges School. For grown-ups, she leads Mothersong Chorus, an intergenerational community choir. Noe holds a masters degree in comparative religion and education from Harvard Divinity School, and a Waldorf teaching certificate from Antioch, New England. Motherhood, however, has been her greatest teacher. Noe’s son, Ember, was born in 2012. Her daughter, Peregrine, was born in 2015.
Thank you so very much for such a wonderful music class experience this summer- your music class is the best we have been to and we so enjoyed spending time with you each week! We listen to your album almost daily and love it!Angela, SF
My children and I listen to your music every day. We consider you a member of our family. Thank you for your work, your voice, your joy.Anna S, New York
We’ve been going to Meadowlark Music class for almost 2 years now. It’s a place where I’ve seen my daughter grow musically, socially and personally. I’ve watched her grow from a crawling, bouncing baby who shakes eggs to a dancing toddler who sings along to music with her friends. I owe her rich appreciation for music to Meadowlark Music class.
Noe is a mother, so she knows how to meet children on their level through her music; she is kind, empathetic and engaging. My daughter learns from her and connects with her.
Furthermore, Noe is an incredibly skilled musician. Not only does my child have fun but we also are exposed to quality music and a range of interesting instruments. She releases an album each season so you can play her music at home or on car rides, and the effect is that every music class is like a mini concert. The kids get to play and sing along with their favorite music.
My son and I went to check out many different music classes and all of them pale in comparison to your music offering! Some of the other classes even made my son cry, as there was too much unstructured noise (random banging of instruments) rather than music. I’ve been recommending your classes to all mamas I know, both in person and through online forums, and I know that everybody who had a chance to participate in your class loved it. So thank you so much for choosing this path in your life and bringing quality music into ours!Monika, SF
The music class is such a special and magical time. Noe exudes calm and wonder and is a joy to be around. From start to finish, the time is beautifully and thoughtfully choreographed, with one song seamlessly flowing into the next. My daughter and I enjoy listening to and singing Noe’s songs outside of class as well, we are very grateful to have been able to participate and look forward to more music class in the future.Alisia, SF
I’ve been really enjoying your blog. It’s very inspiring. I’m singing about getting into the stroller, going to bed, getting shoes on, and much more. I’ve also found that singing during the transitions helps me relax and slow down a lot while getting Oscar to do the things we need to do and that makes a huge difference. I used to feel a bit crazed or self conscience when Oscar would resist something like getting in the stroller, especially when there were other people around — like his resistance was a reflection of my parenting. Now when I sing to him during transitions, he may not necessarily act quickly but the singing slows me down and I can take it all more in stride. So thank you so much and I’ll keep reading.Rose, SF
After Noe’s music class in the Botanical Gardens we would all come home feeling lighter. I would catch my daughter singing to her dolls in the same way Noe does with the children in our class. It was a magical kind of experience for us all!Alyson, SF
Mornings spent with my son at Meadowlark music rank among my favorite times as a father. My son has often been the quiet, observing type However, even during those weeks of quiet observation, he returns home to sing loudly and proudly the songs presented at Meadowlark. The intellectual and spiritual growth enabled by Meadowlark goes beyond the scope of children to encompass parents as well. As I look around the group on any given week, the adults are smiling and singing as much as the children. This creates a sort of community around the classes built on love of children and mutual expression. One leaves feeling both cleansed and connected. In one word Meadowlark is magical.Steve, SF
Our experience with Noe has been nothing short of magical. One of my daughter’s first words was Noe and she talks about her almost daily. Noe has a way with children like nothing I’ve ever seen that comes from an ability to connect with them on a spiritual level, seeing their unique sovereign nature and nurturing its growth. She is an extremely talented musician and storyteller – a true artist with a tremendous amount of passion to create a safe haven for children and their mamas where they can learn and grow, guiding and supporting each other gently along the way. She is tireless in her ability to create and perform new and beautiful material that engages and helps children to play together and understand the world around them. And she makes it look so easy because she thoroughly enjoys what she does. Her air of calm, confidence and love is a beacon to all who know her.Jen, SF
About the Meadowlark recordings: “My daughter and I listen to it pretty much daily and are so grateful for your beautiful music! I can’t tell you how many times she’s fallen asleep in my arms for nap as we dance to your songs.”Laine, SF
This is the most enchanting, inspiring and fun class that I take with my daughter. We’ve been taking this class since she was 4 months old (she’s two now) and Noe moved during that time but we just followed her! My daughter doesn’t go a day without reminding me of dear Noe, asking to go to class and we already go twice a week (I’d go more if I could). Her classes are magical incorporating dance, musical instruments for all and puppet shows PLUS you get new music to sing along to and the kiddos are invited to play her special instruments at the end of class. I feel like I get to be a kid again as well and I’m so honored to be a part of her community.
My son and I have both gained so much from being a part of Noe’s music class. The class is a delightful mixture of movement, song, dance and storytelling. I love that she draws songs from folk music traditions throughout the world, adding a cultural experience to an already rich musical one. It is an amazing experience to sing and celebrate music in the outdoors and the botanical gardens is a particularly magical place. I have sometimes left other children’s music classes feeling slightly overstimulated by the intensity of the noise and exuberance. Noe approaches children’s music with a reverence and delicacy that allows us to leave class feeling nourished rather than depleted. My son stands, enrapt, while Noe leads the group in song. Then, at home, he asks for “Noe song?” and proceeds to sing along to the recordings from the class, complete with with enthusiastic gesturing.Nicole, SF
Meadowlark Music centers so many of the values I want to impart to my daughter – connection to animals and nature, connection to people and community, deep love and respect of yourself and all other beings. Teacher Noe’s music is so beautiful too, and is a wonderful path to music competency for children. My daughter talks about and looks forward to this class all week, and adores Noe. I’m so glad we found Meadowlark Music, it is such a gift in our lives!Jill, SF
I wanted to give you some feedback since you and your class have so profoundly and wonderfully impacted us. We love your group class and the full incorporation of all of the family in it. That feels so honoring and important. We listen to your cd at home and in the car and use the songs to motivate us through the day to get things done. I have been so inspired and gotten such great things to think about from your post/ blog parent letter that you send out that I can’t thank you enough for that. Music is so much a part of our lives and our day to day and to have such a beautiful guide and coconspirator in it feels like such a wonderful blessing.Gabriella, SF