Tuesday and Wednesday mornings are pretty much the highlight of my week. I get to spend them making music with the most wonderful groups of children and their adults in our Listen & Learn for Little Ones classes. Singing, dancing and playing instruments with toddlers and preschoolers just never gets old.

Over the last two years, the families in our morning classes have become a tight-knit group. I’ve gotten to know them all very well, and they’ve also gotten to know each other and formed great friendships (both children and adults).

It has been so much fun to watch my little ones grow — many of them started coming to music class as tiny babies! Helping to be part of their learning and development is a huge honor that I don’t take lightly, and they have taught me a lot along the way, as well.

Each child I teach in our early childhood classes helps me to become a better music therapist, leader and musician. My patience and communication skills with children are put to the test every week (it would be impossible for them not to in such a setting), and I have become a better mom for that reason, too.

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