Jubilee Music was born out of love: my love of music, learning, and children; my love of the philosophy and approach of Music Together; my love for my sweet baby boy and my amazement at his early, innate response to music; the love of my husband who supported me as I jumped into a new endeavor, entertained a fussy baby during my early training, and always believed in me and my (occasionally crazy) ideas.
I had taught music privately and in the public schools for years before my first son was born, and if I was honest, I had always thought early childhood music classes were at worst a gimmick and at best a social hour to entertain "bored" mommies. Of course, now that I AM a mom, and I am most certainly NOT bored, I get a pretty good laugh out of my youthful naivete.
Because then my son was born, and my life changed completely, and in addition to watching his tiny fingers and sweet smile and bright eyes, I also watched in amazement as I observed his eyes follow my lips as I sang, his coos change in clear response to a song, and his arms flap any time he heard music. My baby was musical in a deep, natural way I had never really anticipated.
And not only my baby, but the more I came to understand the way young children learn and acquire musical aptitude, I saw that this is a natural response for ALL children and all a part of the incredible learning that happens during the first five years of life--and especially the first year.
My child wasn't a prodigy or an anomaly. He was the product of a musical home and the natural learning that occurs when a growing brain is immersed in a musical environment.
And that observation shaped the goals of Jubilee Music: 1.) to create a developmentally-appropriate, musically rich learning environment to stimulate a child's naturally developing musical aptitude and 2.) to equip families with songs and resources for families to include music-making as a part of the family culture.
Jubilee Music adopted the Music Together® curriculum to support these goals. This international, research-based curriculum is based on the following four philosophies:
1. ALL children are musical.
2. All children CAN achieve basic music competence--the ability to sing in tune and move with accurate rhythm.
3. The participation and modeling of parents and caregivers--REGARDLESS of their musical ability--are essential to a child's musical growth.
4. Young children's musical growth occurs best in a playful, musically rich, and developmentally appropriate setting.
I chose Music Together as the music learning experience I wanted for my own children, and it has (and continues to be) a wonderful gift to watch them grow and learn musically (and in so many other ways) through our Music Together adventure. It is my immense joy and pleasure to share classes with our community in Bentonville and the surrounding areas, and I hope that your musical journey is enhanced by your experience in our classes.
If you are new to Music Together, I invite you to visit a free demo class or community event to get a taste for the curriculum, music, and approach. And whether you join us for classes or not, I hope you will make music a part of your home. Sing songs, have dance parties, play the guitar/clarinet/kazoo that you haven't touched in ages, take your kids to concerts to hear real people play real instruments, tell them about your favorite songs and why they're important to you, make music -- even if it's not perfect -- because when it's given with love, music is a gift that lasts a lifetime.