Connection and Conflict

This morning was a real struggle!  My 3 1/2 year-old daughter, Bryna, has been coming with me to my music classes for the past 2 years.  While it is challenging to wear both "Mom-Hat" and "Teacher-Hat," it has always worked well and has been a really special experience for us to share.  Except for this…

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When Your Child is Constantly Fighting Practice Time and It’s Torture for Both of You

No, my post title is not very concise or catchy, but let's be real.  There is nothing cute or fun about spending money on instrumental lessons and then having to regularly battle with your child during practice sessions. No matter how much a child loves music, learning an instrument is HARD WORK.  Practicing for improvement…

A Musical Community

(Content warning: pregnancy loss) When I started my business, I chose the tagline  “Building Community Through Music and Movement”  because I know that sharing artful experiences has the power to bring people together.  I've seen several people in my classes go through difficult times: illness, loss of a job, loss of a loved one, complicated…

Musical Gift Guide 2: Books, DVDs, Music

Here is the second installment of my Musical Gift Guide!  My disclaimers for this post: I have a high bar for children's music, because I know that whatever I let them listen to could potentially become the soundtrack of my life for several years. I really, really hate screen time.  In order for a show…

Music Together and “Duct Tape Parenting”

I was inspired to check out the book Duct Tape Parenting by Vicki Hoefle after reading this blog post about why one family loves Music Together's non-interventionist teaching style.  Music Together teachers are trained to "accept and include" ALL children's behavior, whether it is wandering, hiding, observing, or participating.  Adults in class are encouraged to model…

Why Music Together is the Greatest Ever

I have tried many different children's activities with my kids, both free and paid.  Most of them were developmentally appropriate enough to satisfy the early-childhood educator in me, most of them were fun for the kids.  I knew we had found our happy place after we tried our first Music Together class!  After two sessions…

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…