Can Kids Sing In Tune?

If you have been to a children's school choral concert before, you may have heard one of the following styles of "singing:"  Shouting as loud as they can with no discernible melody.  Monotone mumbling with no discernible melody. What, they are singing?  It looks like they're just standing there waving/crying/playing with their dress. "Well, they…

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Making Music with Kids at Home

So you want your kids to enjoy music and possibly study an instrument someday?  Don't wait! YOU are your child's first and best teacher.  Kids learn many important things by emulating what their parents/caregivers do.  Ever wonder why your baby wants to play with your phone and your keys instead of their baby toys?  It's…

I Don’t Hate Laurie Berkner

But I did until about a month ago.  That is my deep, dark, music teacher secret.  People magazine dubs her "The Queen of Children's music," the New York Times calls her "The Adele of the Preschool Crowd." Source  Her songs are regularly used in my local library's story hour, and the childcare center at my…

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…

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…