We enrich lives with the power of music. Our music programs for children harness that power and go beyond just teaching music. Our podcast focuses on reaching dedicated parents and teachers who value the development of the whole child. We explore music education, early childhood education, music history and music theory to provide both insight and methods for teaching children through music.
Join Jason Neumann and I as we discuss musicianship, musicality, talent, growth, and the educational approach to developing each of them. Jason’s perspective as a piano teacher, high school choir teacher, and most recently, a Let’s Play Music Presto teacher, gives him unique insight into developing musicians. In this discussion, we dig into solfege, rhythm & movement, dictation, audiation, tonal memory, and adding chords to a melody, as well as developing young musicians from an authentic place and connecting to the way the music lives in each.
Have you wondered what you can do to facilitate language development and bonding with your child? Have you felt concerned that your child's language development might be delayed and what you can do about that? Join me as I discuss language development with Kelsey Fenn (pediatric SLP) and the role that music plays! Kelsey will walk you through strategic exercises you can do within your daily routines to encourage language and also gives benchmarks for typical language development along with what to do if you are concerned with your baby's language/auditory development.
Kelsey is a speech language pathologist who earned her master’s degree from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Her education and work with private clients in a pediatric clinical setting has developed passion for working with parents with tips to encourage language development in their little ones. She loves learning about all things child development and positive parenting. Kelsey currently lives in Mesa, Arizona with her husband and three young children. She uses her experience as pediatric SLP (speech/language pathologist) and stay at home mother to educate parents through social media on her Instagram @speakingwithintention. Be sure to check it out to see many of the things we discussed in this podcast!
Have you wondered what your fetus can hear? What he/she can learn? Science has discovered that ears develop at 14 weeks gestational development and can process auditory input at 22 weeks gestation. We are delighted to have Dr. Krystal McCoy on this episode! Dr. McCoy holds a doctorate of Musical Art in Music Education and is currently the Director of Choral Activities at Southern Utah University. Recently, she conducted a study of the effects of music on her own fetus and tracked the results. Join us for an amazing discussion!
Annalee Dinkel, creator of Presto, joins me on this episode! Listen as we discuss her deafness, how she has overcome obstacles with positivity, and how creating a version of Let's Play Music for older beginners became her passion. It truly is magical to hear her story and see what she has created.
Watch the Galileo "Time Travel" set to Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Watch a full Presto Sample Class taught by Annalee.
Visit our website to learn more about Presto and Let's Play Music
Let's Play Music programs have unlocked the power of Solfege for children and given them rich musicality. Musical U, founded by Christopher Sutton, has done the same for adult music learners with courses that open up a world of musical skill. The 'trifecta', as he calls them, are instrumental skill, theory knowledge, and ear training and all are accessible and learnable. Listen in as Christopher discusses his own frustrating journey as a music learner and how discovering Solfege unlocked his own musicality. Discover him at Musical U.
Today's guest, Marsali Hancock is a nonprofit executive, with twenty years of experience working with leading national and international policy leaders, top-ranked Fortune 100 companies like Google, AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Target, Intel, Microsoft, Facebook, and Dell, along with highly respected organizations, maximizing technology to improve the quality of life, education, and economic opportunities. Recognized for her online safety initiatives, Ms. Hancock is dedicated to creating safe and healthy digital learning environments.
In this episode, Marsali shares with us what is needed for children to enjoy mental and emotional health in a digital age. As a musician, she explores the benefits of music and music instruction as it pertains to suicide prevention.
She mentions one foundation in which she works, Save Somebuddy, as a resource that uses music for treating emotional trauma.
We are amazed at the expert perspective Marsali offers to the Let's Play Music families and teachers.
We all know someone (or maybe it's you?) who 'can't carry a tune in a bucket', right? In this episode, our guest is Topher Keene, Grammy quarterfinalist, conductor, educator, mentor and - you guessed it - singing coach. Topher shares with us the mechanics behind singing in tune, then shares with us how to teach someone to sing in tune. Parents of infants and young children will love what he has to say about early exposure. Older children and adults who haven't yet learned to sing in tune will love what he has to say about them too!
Have questions for Topher, or want singing coaching? Contact directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
For a deeper dive into this topic, enjoy these YouTube videos:
Topher's lectures on Singing in Tune
A demo session on pitch matching with a volunteer
Making things fun is our business. We have it down to a science. Join Jenny Smith and Shelle Soelberg as we discuss 3 simple things - the A-B-C - of making piano practice fun at home! If you've ever heard your child say "I don't want to practice!" this episode is for you.
Everyone wonders, there are many opinions, there is much experience. The dilemma is, children are ripe for music instruction many years earlier than they are ready for piano lessons. Delaying music lessons will waste much of the 'music learning window' which research has shown is ages 0-9. So, what do we do? Let's Play Music solves the piano playing dilemma by teaching music and piano in age-appropriate methods. Listen in as Julie Fischbeck discusses this dilemma amid her experiences as a piano student, piano teacher, professional pianist, and Let's Play Music teacher.
Shelle and her daughter, Sydney, discuss how it all began! How a young mother of five started a music program that has grown to a million dollar business, with 450 teachers and 11,000 students nationwide. It may surprise you that it didn't start with that end in mind - at all.