Mozart Effect? Nope!

Mozart effect?  Nope, it’s the “Sing with Real People” effect!  In music classes, yes, children are being exposed to many different kinds of music.  But most importantly, they are interacting with their caregiver, and the caregivers are learning many different ways to have meaningful interactions with their children outside of class.  It doesn’t matter whether…

Me, You, We

I was in the car this morning, on my way to teach my Music Together class, and I was listening to the At-Home CD to review some songs that were new to me.  One silly little song gave me a very emotional moment: the "Me, You, We" song. The lyrics of the song are basically…

EVERYONE Has Potential!

I was fortunate enough to take several courses with Dr. John Feierabend, a noted music education expert, researcher, and author.  He used an analogy of a clay pot to describe a child’s brain development.   At birth, every child is given a lump of clay (potential) for all the possible intelligences (spatial, musical, physcial, etc.)…

When “Children’s Music” Drives You Insane…

Ask an adult what they think about "Children's Music" and you might get an eye roll, or maybe a statement like "My kids love it, but it drives me crazy!" My first question is WHY are you offering your kids music that drives you crazy?  There is no rule that says you have to listen to Disney…

Creating Music vs. Consuming Music

It was a stressful morning for music teaching last Saturday!  An accident on the highway made me run late, and when I finally got settled, my portable speaker wouldn't connect to my phone to play my recordings.  I finally got things working in time for the last song, but I had to sing and use acapella…

Music Play vs. Music Study

ALL children are musical.  They love to create their own little songs, dance to music, and explore sounds.  I loved Music Together classes with my own children because the classes build musical skills while still giving children space to "play" with music through exploration and improvisation. My brilliant early-childhood music professor, Dr. John Feierabend, says that instrumental…

Why Early Childhood Music?

Did you know that about EIGHTY FIVE PERCENT of brain development happens BEFORE AGE FIVE?!?!! (Source) Early-childhood educators might not be first and foremost in an adult’s memory, but their very important job is to make every single experience in a child’s young life counts. Every moment of every day forms connections in the brain…