Parent/Caregiver Comments from Treetops Music's Music Together Classes in Exeter, South Berwick and Wells
I can't tell you enough how much I love these classes, both for children and parents. As a music teacher, I am both humbled and amazed (and really not surprised, in the end) to see how wonderfully the kids learn without being pushed, prodded, encouraged, or even forced to participate. Of course I have seen the progress with Dominic - each week we catch him singing more and more songs, with an increasing number of words and pitches correct, through no effort of our own, just our example.
This program has reinforced my belief that parents have the most tremendous influence on their children's learning, and the difference between an MT style program and a traditional preschool setting. I see the contrast most vividly when we go to library story hour (or when I used to teach pre-k and kindergarten music), and so much time is taken up by the librarian/teacher and/or parents telling the kids to sit here, stand up, do this, don't do that, and it's really stressful! Of course, there are times and places when that kind of instruction is necessary, but it's so much more peaceful and natural to see a roomful of parents (and grandparents) making music, and playing along with their kids...and over time, watching the kids start making music better and better themselves. (I observed it in so many of the kids in our class just last week!) Even things like not talking between songs makes such a difference- again, in contrast with story hour, I sometimes wonder how much the kids actually "get" of the stories because they keep being interrupted by commands and comments. I'm probably comparing apples to oranges a little, but it really strikes me every time! Our job as parents or guardians of very young children is not to pass them off to some "expert" who will fill them with knowledge, but to show them the joy we find in what we do, so they naturally mimic us and discover their own abilities. It's beautiful!
Ok, I'm starting to ramble so I will stop now, and just say again, thanks for what you do, and we eagerly look forward to more weeks of making Music Together with you!" - Jolene, Music Together Mom of 2
Thanks Sammie! We're happy to come back! You make everything so fun and it's great to see H.'s growth from instrument muncher to singer, dancer, and percussionist ☺ - Treetops Music Together Mom
I just wanted to share with you this video of Lochlann playing the "hello" song for us. We've enjoyed the class so much and can't wait for the next session! You're a wonderful teacher and Lochlann really loves seeing you!
F. sings constantly...MT songs, songs he makes up on his own, and his own
versions of MT songs.
Thanks for offering such wonderful music classes!
So thank you again. We all
had a great experience. Best wishes for a wonderful
Kristin (mom of 2)
I bought Tommy some of the maraca eggs this weekend and he hasn't stopped shaking
them and nodding his head. He LOVES this class. Every time I sing "hellooo to
Tommy....so great to see you!" He giggles and looks for the eggs to shake!!!
Thank you, you're really making an impact :)
Caitlin (& Tommy)
Great Music Together experience yesterday! Maeve has become very much more animated this session. Due in part to becoming a walker and the beautiful music, rhythms, and interactions with all other children, Moms, Dads, and Teacher Sammie!
Again, Thank You!
Nana Sandy and Maeve
*We loved your class so much. Dean still talks about it and you, "Teacher Sammie." I REALLY loved your class and you. Dean has been making lots of music with sticks and rocks or whatever he finds. He says, "Listen, Mommy, it's Baa Baa Black Sheep," and then he beats a steady rhythm. I know he's hearing the song in his head as he drums. And even better, he's been making up songs and singing them: "Mommy, listen. This is a song about excavators. . . 'Excavators, excavators, excavators....'" :-) It's pretty cool to see the influence your teaching had on him. And Linnea continues to bounce any time music is on--which is often! In the car Dean always requests either "Hello, Everybody," which of course is the Music Together CD, or "Puff the Magic Dragon."
- Mom, Kittery, Maine
- Treetops Music Together Parent, Portsmouth, NH