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 Hello! My name is Mary Spencer Knapp. I am a multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, Broadway alum and Brooklyn mama with over nine years experience in early childhood music education!
I started the The Nightingale Fam as a children's musical story project, performing solo and with a 5-piece band.  Since 2020 this project has blossomed into outdoor classes in Prospect Park, online music and video content for families, and private music lessons. My mixed age music classes are designed for you, the caregiver, as much as they are for your children. I want you to feel you're in a safe space where music is neither polished nor dull, but instead spontaneous, multifaceted and fun. Together we'll create a mini music community, vocabulary and collection of songs to continue at home!  
The Nightingale Fam will keep finding ways to bring live concert experiences and original music to you. Please check our Special Events and Music & Video pages for updates. We are available for birthday parties as well! Inquire via our contact page.  
For those interested in private or small group lessons, my husband Doug Berns and I are instructors in voice, piano, accordion, ukulele, guitar and bass. We teach all ages. Please read more about these opportunities on the Private Lessons page! For more information about my work and career visit 


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