Your Musical Child

Your Musical Child Webinar

It’s not often that I’m listed in the same sentence as Laurie Berkner, Dan Zanes, Charity Kahn, Music Together, and many other household names in the field of children’s music and education. So I’m taking this opportunity to shout from the rooftops about this free speaker series, for which that IS the case.

I’m assuming that since you’re reading this, you understand the importance of music, and that learning and music go hand in hand. It is also known that the biggest predictor of long­term life success and happiness is not “IQ” but actually “EQ” — emotional intelligence. So what does music have to do with emotional intelligence?

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Don't Worry, Be Happy Album Cover

I’m a worrier by nature; always have been, always will be. So when I sang along to Bobby McFerrin’s original version of this song growing up, I’m pretty sure I was trying to convince myself to heed his advice.

I love everything about this song: the lyrics, the laid-back stye, the harmonies, and especially the way it makes me feel when I listen and sing along. Turns out it’s a crowd pleaser in just about every setting I’ve used it, including my early childhood classes, performances, and music therapy sessions.

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“Bonding” Songs for the Month of Love

Bonding Mini-Pack

I hope your Valentine’s Day was filled with sweetness! Mine was low-key and spent hanging out with my two Valentines, my husband Zach and son Parker.

It may be considered a “Hallmark holiday” by many, but there is something to be said about a day devoted to showing the ones you love just how much they mean to you. Not to mention that it’s a good excuse for photo ops like this.

Kisses from Parker on Valentine's Day

I’m all about showing love to my little cutie on a regular basis, and it’s something I encourage in my early childhood classes, as well. I try to include at least one “bonding” song in each session, meant to promote that connection between the child and his or her caregiver.

For the remainder of February, the Bonding Mini-Pack we recently released over at Listen & Learn for Leaders will be on sale for $6.00.

Each song in this mini-pack has been written or adapted by myself or my colleague Katey and utilized in our early childhood music classes. The “Bonding” mini-pack includes an instructional guide, lyrics/chords, and mp3s for the following songs:

  • “You Are My Sunshine”
  • “Sing With Me Love”
  • “I Love Your Toes”
  • “You Are My Dear One”

While you’re there, check out the rest of the early childhood music resources we have to offer on the new site. We have a new Listen & Learn for Little Ones class starting tomorrow, which means lots of fresh tunes will be added soon!

The Empathy Song

The Empathy Song Album Cover

A few months ago, my wonderful teacher friend Rene came to me with an idea for a song. She uses music quite a bit in her classroom, and wanted to do so in teaching and reinforcing the concept of empathy.

I tried to put the definition and description of empathy into words (that rhyme, no less) as best as I could, and I think the song paints a good picture of what empathy looks like for a kiddo who is just learning.

However, I think you’ll agree with me that empathy is something that needs to be experienced to fully understand it. I hope that my song provides a bridge to putting empathy into practice.

Do you have other musical tools you use for teaching concepts like empathy? I would love to explore this further, perhaps in a group setting where social skills are targeted. Yet another idea to add to my ever-growing list…

P.S. Did you know that you can gain instant access to a vast collection of over 200 songs (mp3, lead sheet, and instrumental track), videos, tutorials, and visual aides, plus ALL new releases from Listen & Learn Music?

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Listen, Learn, Love!

Listen, Learn, Love!

Here’s the truth: February is not my favorite month of the year. It’s bitterly cold, and my stress levels are higher than usual since our local National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festival takes place over two weekends later in the month.

But February does have its redeeming qualities. For one, it’s short. And two, there’s Valentine’s Day. And while I don’t get too over the top excited about this particular “holiday”, I do like that it gives me an excuse to write and sing songs about L-O-V-E.

This year, instead of complaining about February, I’m choosing to celebrate it. So I compiled some of the songs I’ll be using the most this month, wrapped them in a pretty little package, and called it Listen, Learn, Love!

This 6-song collection features not only the recordings for each song, but also a PDF download with lyrics and chords. Five of the songs are originals I’ve written, and one is an adaptation of a pop song that I use frequently with my kiddos.

Give your month repertoire a boost with Listen, Learn, Love! — at $5 for this package deal, what’s there not to L-O-V-E? Happy February!