Our Small Business Snapshot series features photos that represent, in just one image, what the small businesses we feature are all about. Dana Fisher, owner of the Scarsdale and Rye Brook, NY, franchise locations of Songs for Seeds, explains how this image represents her business.
Songs for Seeds features 45-minute classes led by a three-piece live band of teacher/musicians who encourage kids to sing, play instruments, and dance. At the end of class, the students, under 6 years of age are invited to sing with the band (karaoke style) and play the band's instruments (guitar, keys and drums).
Each week the children experience music, instruments and language from a different culture. Magnetic art murals are created by the children during the sing-along of well-known nursery rhymes, magic tricks are used to practice numbers and counting and a wheel is spun to reinforce the names and sounds of animals. By mixing original kids rock 'n' roll with adult contemporary music, the band is sure to please little ones (and their adult parents!).
The photo shows off our class, the band and how happy the kids are taking the class.
Both of my children attended Songs for Seeds classes in New York City starting at 3 months old. They are now 3 and 2 they are still taking the class. We loved the program so much, but when we moved to Scarsdale, we realized there was no music program like it in the area for toddlers. So my husband and I bought the franchise in Scarsdale, NY. The program was so successful that we are opening a second location in Rye Brook, NY this fall.
We didn't know anything about opening a business — the closest we ever got to a small business was watching Shark Tank, but we loved the class, and we knew that we loved the class other families would as well.
The biggest challenge for us was that we had never owned a business before. In the beginning we didn't how much to charge per child, and what to spend money on. It took us a few semesters to create a budget that worked for the business and made us profitable.
We hope to open a third Westchester County location in the fall of 2017 and possibly more in the years to come.
Edited for brevity and clarity by Nicole Taylor.