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Let’s Get Started : Our Guide for Parents and Caregivers

Welcome to My Music Starts Here and thank you for being here!  Young children experience the world through joyful play, and it is essential that music be a part of that play as it engages all parts of the brain like no other discipline can. As parents and educators, we have designed every aspect of… Read More »

Kids Making Music is Kids Creating Culture

While doing some last minute Christmas shopping last December, I was struck by how many children’s toys on the shelves are essentially TV or tablet screens. Lights flash, sounds blare, and pieces move, but they ultimately make children just observers of spectacle. Our kids don’t interact with toys like these — they don’t even use imagination with… Read More »

Children’s Brains Thrive on Music: Why They Do and What it Means for your Family

If you were to randomly select parents from around the country and put them in a room together, you could count on hearing a wide variety of opinions on a wide range of topics. You’d likely hear some pretty significant disagreements. But if you were to ask each of those parents what they want for… Read More »

Can This 30-Day Classical Music Challenge Change Your Life?

I have two passions right now, as my Pinterest boards and Instagram account will show — music and food. And I bet I’m not alone Music has been a huge part of my life before I can remember. My mother is a violinist, so even in utero, I was hearing and feeling music. Growing up,… Read More »

The Halloween Playlist that Won’t Leave You and Your Child in a Musical Sugar Coma

Fall is probably my favorite time of year, for so many reasons!  The crisp weather, the changing colors, pumpkin-flavored everything, pulling out my favorite fleece…just to name a few. But as a musician and elementary music teacher, fall is my favorite season because of the music. There is nothing better than sharing some of the… Read More »

The Best Music For Your Child’s Brain (And Your’s Too!)

​Over the last several decades neuroscientists and psychologists have done amazing research on the relationship between music and our brains, demonstrating what music does for our brains and bodies and also what happens in real time as we listen to music or actively participate in making music. Because of this research, we know music can… Read More »

Why Your Child’s Brain Needs Music

​As parents, we all want our children to grow up healthy and strong. To help them do that, we know it is important for them to consistently get a good night’s sleep and to eat nutritious food throughout the day. But as a musician and music educator, I know that my children’s brains need more… Read More »

How a child with autism changed my career path…(and me)

Hi there musicians!  It has been super busy in these parts lately, complete with a molar-teething two year old (read: no one in the house got a solid night’s sleep), a runaway dog (she is now home safe and sound), and launching our website (a project that Mike and I have put our hearts and… Read More »

“Let’s start at the very beginning…

…a very good place to start.” Hi there musicians!  Anyone recognize that line from one of the best movies of all time, The Sound of Music?  Maria sings it as the introduction to the song, “Do Re Mi”, when she and the children are sitting in the beautiful mountains of Austria.  Oh, how I want to… Read More »

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