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Beat NF

The Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz
3536 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103


Beat NF provides your toddler or preschooler with NF1 a one-of-a-kind jazz music experience seamlessly integrated with gross motor and social skill activities. Developed by a team of St. Louis Children’s Hospital therapists and Jazz St. Louis musicians, each class will improve your child’s gross motor skills while offering a platform to progress language skills, leadership and confidence. Attending consecutive sessions will help your child build a solid foundation for kindergarten.

During each class, your child will participate in carefully planned activities that aid in further development of the following skills:

  • Strengthening, balance and coordination of all muscle groups, under the supervision of a physical therapist
  • Expressive and receptive language skills to improve communication
  • Social confidence to encourage group play, taking turns, using manners and building friendships
  • Exposure to live jazz music and history including learning about famous jazz musicians and the instruments they mastered

Courtney Dunn, PT, DPT, a physical therapist with St. Louis Children’s Hospital, will work directly with you and your child to help facilitate the motor goals of this curriculum-based, enrichment program.

Visit the Beat NF page to learn more about this unique jazz music-motor therapy class for toddlers and preschoolers (2 – 5 years) with NF1.

This event is funded through the generous support of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Saigh Foundation.