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Let's Play Music Podcast

Let's Play Music Podcast

By Shelle Soelberg
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.
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Ep. 1 - The Inception of Let's Play Music with Sydney Soelberg Thornton

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Ep. 6- Solfege for Adult Musicality with Christopher Sutton
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. 
November 10, 2020
Ep. 5 - How music is suicide prevention with Marsali Hancock
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. 
October 26, 2020
Ep. 4 - Singing in Tune with Topher Keene
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  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 
September 30, 2020
Ep. 3 - The ABC's of Making Piano Practice FUN! with Jenny Smith
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. 
September 10, 2020
Ep. 2 - The Dilemma: When to Start Piano Lessons? with Julie Fischbeck
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. 
September 1, 2020
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August 31, 2020
Ep. 1 - The Inception of Let's Play Music with Sydney Soelberg Thornton
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. 
August 31, 2020