Beneath the Surface: What is REALLY Going On During Class?

The amazing Fred Rogers said "Play is serious learning," and he is absolutely right!  One of my highest priorities (and biggest challenges!) as a teacher is to instruct in a way that makes learning feel fun and effortless.  If I've done my job well, parents and children leave class having had a wonderful time playing…

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The Reason

I'm a small business owner, and I spend much of my time and resources giving people concrete reasons why they should join my classes.  "Music is good for brain development!" (It is.)  "Music learning supports reading and math skills!" (It does.)  "Movement songs encourage kids to move across the midline!'" (Yep.)  I find articles, videos,…

Kiddie Carpool Karaoke

I am this guy.  And if my kids turn out just like him, I will have done my job.  =) In all seriousness though, driving with kids in the car can be a very stressful experience, and music can definitely add to the cacophony.   I remember running errands one morning while my toddler and…

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.)…

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…