Episode #26: Adding Musical Play to our Little’s Lives with JoEllyn Sumner
Today’s podcast is with music teacher, JoEllyn Sumner. JoEllyn has formed choirs, world music drumming ensembles, percussion ensembles, and after-school parent-child music classes, so that her students and their families have countless positive musical experiences.
During this episode, we learn about how to create a tuneful home whether for your own family or as a Teacher of Littles.
In this episode, we learn about:
What is a tuneful home? (1:10)
Singing is a gift, not a natural talent - you don’t have to be perfect to sing! (2:06)
How much should you stick to routine vs. what’s new? (3:30)
JoEllyn’s recommendations for songs - reach out to her if you’d like any! (4:55)
When you’re choosing songs for yourself, pick something that’s comfortable in your routine and throw in new things throughout to change it up. (6:30)
How do you balance the need to get something done (8:38)
There are so many types of ways to start a tuneful home and JoEllyn’s curriculum, including bounces, wiggles, tickles, tapping and clapping. (9:30)
The importance of your child saying no or providing consent. (13:25)
The interaction with the family of keeping that socialization and game aspect alive is super important so kids can take it to their lives once we’re out of this. (14:30)
The best age to start real instrument lessons. (17:00)
The body and the voice are instruments. (20:07)
Renee’s experience learning to dance with her mother who is deaf. (21:00)
All of the ways to find or work with JoEllyn. (23:45)
So brew yourself a cup of tea and listen in on the full podcast here:
Follow along with JoEllyn @thetunefulteacher on Instagram. Tag both of us on Instagram @thetunefulteacher and @themagicoflittles with any questions you have about how to get started with a tuneful home!
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