We are a team of trained educators with backgrounds in music, math and Spanish. A Chiquiticos instructor presents our curriculum face-to-face in an interactive, musical experience.
We are passionate about music and the role it plays in early development!
Chiquiticos (Cheek Ee Teek O’s)
is Spanish for “little ones” or “Itsy bitsy.”
We are a development organization with the goal of promoting the integral development of children. Music and playful learning, our core educational tools, contribute to the development of memory, facilitate the expression of feelings and ideas, help children to critically assess concepts, favor their socio-cultural integration, and expand their linguistic possibilities.
FOUNDER / PEDAGOGY DIRECTOR
Maria is a native Spanish speaker from Colombia. She is a singer, composer, educator and founder of Chiquiticos. Maria studied classical voice, media studies and Music at the University of California – Berkeley.
The idea of Chiquiticos (colloquial Spanish for “little ones”) was born from Maria’s love for children and music. After years of professional experience as a teacher in the areas of music and foreign languages, Maria Huertas recognized the important psychological and social functions of music in early learning and is working to integrate it into a general education curriculum. She used her background and training in music to create a program that would be fun, enriching, and original. She created the materials, songs, and lessons of Chiquiticos herself, bringing to life a program from the heart.
Jeff Worrall is an educator, composer, and trumpet performer who believes in the power of music to develop the hearts and minds of young people. Jeff teaches at a number of schools in the San Francisco East Bay as well as private lessons in trumpet, guitar, and ukulele. He can be heard playing the trumpet in a wide variety of styles and settings, including classical, jazz, and latin music. The arrangements he creates for Chiquiticos draw inspiration from the diverse musical styles that Jeff has explored in his career as a musician. Jeff received a bachelor’s of music education from Western State Colorado University and a master’s in trumpet performance from the University of Wyoming.