About Partytime with Music Mike
Howdy All...My name is Mike…"Music Mike" to the little ones and their parents. I have been playing guitar for 24 years and performing for 12. I am also the proud father of a 5 1/2 year old boy. As a daddy/musician it was all too natural to start listening to children's music and playing along to it. As my son and his friends began having birthday parties parents in our community started booking me for their parties. They started calling me "Music" Mike around the neighborhood. It's such a cool experience to be the soundtrack to kids jumping up and down with their parents. Playing music for children had taught me that their reactions are immediate and pure. You know immediately if your connecting. As I've developed my children's repertoire I have added new instruments. I began playing banjo and ukulele a couple of years ago and they've been a nice addition to my set. The banjo in particular is such a captivating instrument. The kids are drawn to the unique design and twangy sound. Whenever I'm playing banjo I always encourage the kids to pluck the strings.
My sets include many of the standard children's classics, i.e. "Wheels on the Bus", "Itsy Bitsy Spider",Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Old McDonald, songs from some of the newer children's groups like the Okee Dokee Brothers, Caspar Babypants, Victor Johnson, Dan Zanes, They Might Be Giants, The Fresh Beat Band, as well as fun songs from artists such as John Denver, The Beatles, Pete Seeger & Woody Guthrie. To make my set more interactive for the children I provide tambourines, maracas. shaky eggs and batons bells and ribbons on them for optimal waving and shaking. I've also added 2 large drums that lay flat on the ground for the kids to sit around and pound on. Those have been an immediate hit.
There's been quite a bit of interest in incorporating family friendly grown up music to my children's sets. I'm all to happy to accommodate those requests. It works well as welcoming music and as good in between fare for when the kids are circulating as they often do.
I'm available for birthday parties, play groups, holiday events, naming ceremonies, etc. I am based in New York City and can easily get to points in the Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, Long Island, Fairfield County, New Jersey and Westchester County. Please contact me at (917)226-3173 with any questions or to request a quote.