When it comes to a kids music class that’s toe-tapping fun and full of energy, who better to organize it all than a pro? In 2002, Marni Konner, former Atlantic Records marketing executive and mother of two, knew exactly the kind of music class she wanted for daughter and went about creating it. Today, Little Maestros is a popular music resource for families all over NYC—and your Totally Awesome pick for best kids music class!

Here’s what Marni had to say about what sets Little Maestros apart and more:

Red Tricycle: Congratulations! Your community recently voted you “Most Awesome.” What do you think your customers value most about your business?

Marni Konner: People always comment on the high quality of the Little Maestros performers and our original music. And our customers appreciate that everything we do is all early-childhood educator-approved. Also that the class is not only fun (even for the adults!) but it is also beneficial for the kids on so many levels.

RT: What inspired you to start your business?

MK: I have been a music lover my entire life and I worked in the music business doing marketing at Atlantic Records. When my daughter was born in 2002, I wanted her to have the best experience being introduced to music so I put together the finest team and built the class around her.

RT: Any advice for new business owners just getting started?

MK: You can do it! Just start doing something you believe in. Put tons of love into your product and work HARD!

RT: Can you give us one tip for balancing entrepreneurship with parenthood?

MK: When I’m at work, I give my all. When I’m with my kids I do the best I can to give them my undivided attention.

RT: What is your proudest moment as a business owner or parent?

MK: When I see kids responding to Little Maestros and the parents enjoying themselves in class, I feel so fulfilled as a business owner! As a parent, when I hear my kids laugh or hug each other. I soak up those moments…

RT: Is there a special offer you’d like to include for Red Tricycle readers?

MK: Friends and Family $50 off a Little Maestros Birthday Party.

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