The Nest at NSM

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The Nest at NSM provides a time and space for young children (ages 2 and 3 years) and a parent / caregiver to learn and play in a supportive community setting.  This cooperative playgroup offers an engaging early childhood environment and an opportunity for young families to connect.  The curriculum is designed to develop musicianship, build community and promote social-emotional and cognitive development.

If you have any questions about the program, we’d be happy to talk to you! Feel free to give us a call at 617-492-8105 or email NSM at

Typical Daily Schedule, 8:30-11am:

Gathering & Connecting – families arrive any time between 8:30 and 9 to socialize and connect with each other

Open Play — centers and activities featuring sensory experiences, dramatic play, art exploration, musical instrument discovery and open-ended play

Music – play-based music instruction includes singing, playing, moving and listening activities and features traditional American folk music and games

Snack – a time to nurture our bodies and our friendships

Story Time & Song Tales – stories are read and/or sung; listening opportunities include special guest performances

Outdoor Play / Movement – daily outdoor play (indoor movement activities during inclement weather)



About the Teacher:  Pampa Rótolo

Pampa is a musician and educator with a background in ethnomusicology, arts administration and early childhood education. For over a decade, she has worked with students of all ages in schools and cultural institutions in New York, Washington, D.C. and Boston. Pampa has collaborated with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, The U.S. Holocaust Museum, The DeCordova Scultpure Park and Museum and the Smithsonian Institute and has served on the faculty of The Franklin Montessori School, Capital City Public Charter School, Conservatory Lab Charter School and The Tremont School. At present, Pampa is an Early Childhood Music Instructor at the New School of Music, offering classes and workshops for preschool and elementary students. Pampa holds a B.A. in Music from Oberlin College, plays a variety of instruments, and has performed with various ensembles including the Cathedral Choral Society at the National Cathedral and Cambridge-based Latin American folk band, delSur. Pampa is committed to social justice and is a proponent of arts education. A native of Buenos Aires, Pampa brings a global perspective to her teaching and is Spanish-English bilingual. She is the proud mother of two young musicians.