As a Music Together teacher and director, so much of my class experience with my own children has occurred while leading class, but every now and then, I get the privilege of enjoying class as *just* a mom. I always leave these precious opportunities with sweet memories, a heart full of happiness, and a few exciting new ideas to apply to my own Music Together classroom.
I had that joy this past weekend as we were traveling. We had a few hours to kill on a Saturday morning, and I decided to see if we could join a local Music Together class at that time--and there just happened to be one in our neighborhood at the perfect time! In addition to providing a fun, stimulating activity for my kids (that was sooooooooooo much better than trying to keep them from destroying the hotel room as they were going a little stir crazy), attending class as "mom" reminds me of exactly why I started Jubilee Music: the joy of watching my own children dance and jump and shake their maracas, the sweet new friendships that bloom in front of my eyes, the precious extra hugs and cuddles, and the knowledge that SO MUCH musical learning is happening at the same time.
This past year has been a challenge of trying to balance managing and teaching classes with a new baby and a toddler and all the rest of life too, but as I watched my oldest patting to the beat, swaying passionately to the music, and twirling with his scarf with unabashed glee, I cooed to my newest little dumpling who has only begun to enter this world of music-making. I heard his giggles and baby babbles, but I also heard his vocal exploration beginning as he tried to match his gurgles to the tonality of the song or cooed in the silent moments to urge the music-making to continue... and I knew that this is a special gift that I want to give to all my children. This world of music-making. This internal repertoire of songs and rhythms and tonalities that will build the foundation of their musical future--whether they pursue the study of music or simply live a life that is touched by a love and enjoyment of music. This joyous feeling of making music... together.
It's always a pleasure to see another teacher and learn from their skills and approach, and it's a whole other lesson to participate in class as a mom and be reminded of what the class experience is like as a participant. I'm so thankful for these moments to enjoy the music, learn and grow, and remember why providing this experience to others is so very special and important to me. And I'm so very thankful for the families who join me on this journey to make music-making a real and valuable part of their own family culture. I hope you'll join us this summer for some free community demo classes as we gear up for exciting things this fall!