The Children’s Music Network is honored and grateful for the support of our wonderful Business Sponsors and Non-Profit Partners. This series is meant to shed a little more light on what they do.
1. What is your mission?
My mission is very simple. Through the music I write for children, as well as how it is utilized our classes, I hope to convey to very young children that music is something that they can actively participate in. I want them to understand that there is no right or wrong way for them to participate and it should feel as natural and as joyful as any other type of play. I believe a more instructional approach at this age is completely unnecessary for their musical development and that participation should not be focused on specific goals, performance or adult expectations.
2. How do you apply it practically?
With gentle guidance and encouragement from the class teacher we ask the parents and caregivers to model participation in class activities. Depending on the song, we use shakers, scarves, drums, or any number of various percussion instruments, and of course body movement! Clapping, jumping, running or free style dancing to name just a few. Again, the emphasis being on having fun, not performance.
3. Why did you choose to partner with CMN?
That’s easy enough to answer! It is a huge network of teachers, parents, researchers and the like that feels like a true community. It is not only a incredible wealth of information but also a place to share personal experiences and develop relationships. CMN is also very “hooked in” to current trends. It’s important to feel connected to other professionals in our fields and know what’s going on!
4. What song from your own childhood do you still sing regularly?
The songs I remember most are the ones my father would make up! He had a song to get us into the bath, a song to get us to eat broccoli. one to get my brother’s and sister’s and I to stop fighting in the back seat on car trips. They were all very silly and we loved them!
5. What is your official dance move?
In my house, with my own children, we have dance parties. My wife and I crank up the music and we all try to outdo each other with the most outlandish moves! I would have to say our official move is freestyle! (Although I’m partial to the twist!)
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