More about Yvette:
In 1988 Yvette was teaching public school music in Maryland when her son was born. This is then that she began singing and twirling with babies! The bright shining eyes, belly laughs and the intense curiosity of this baby told her that music was every bit important for tiny babies as for school aged children. When her daughter was born in 1990 she left teaching in public school and began focusing on the 0-7 age group. She created classes for young children with their loving adults called “Music and Kids”. On moving to Michigan in 1991 she heard about the international program called Kindermusik. She became a licensed Kindermusik educator just before her third child was born.
She has this to say about applying early music education to her familys experience:
“I chose music as a scaffolding for our familys homeschooling journey. It offered our laid back, unschooling style, structure, purpose, character building, confidence and self esteem growth and more. I believe the rigors of studying technique, memorizing music, and performing for audiences auditions, and competitions helped form students who are able to think on their feet, present their ideas, and strive for self improvement. The study of music itself, as current research is telling us, stimulates the whole brain thereby affecting learning, memory and even brain development. The brain constantly searching for patterns; making connections, generalizations and predictions. We know there is no growth period greater than that of newborn to 3 years old. Music at an early age helps solidify neural pathways for pattern seeking. Music and language is full of patterns, both simple and extremely complex....just listen to some Bach music. Some of his compositions are 8 or more lines of beautiful melodies weaving intricately and all mathematically perfect and yet most importantly, artistically genius.”
Meet my children!
Anne is a cello student. I enjoy listening to her play Saint Seans “The Swan” from his Carnival of the Animals.
She plays with the Asheville Buncombe Youth Orchestra.
I often ask her to bring her cello to show my Kindermusik students.
Claire is now a Lawrence University graduate! (Wisconsin); a conservatory where she
majored in music education and violin performance. She now is living in Asheville and is teaching her own violin students! If you would like learn how to play violin (shes SO great with the kids!) send her an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben plays his viola with the Holland Symphony Orchestra in Holland Michigan.
He graduated from Michigan Technological University majoring in mechanical engineering.
In this picture hes flying an airplane!! (But his career is engineering!)