Expect a forecast of sunshine at Seattle Children’s Festival! We are so excited for your little one(s) to experience the Sunshine Music Together workshop and get a taste of what it offers. Bring the whole family and join in on the fun at 1:00 p.m., in Loft 4. Check out our interview with Sunshine director Summer Rognlie Trisler to find out more about the Music Together program and what activities to look forward to at the Festival.
|SCF: Explain what the Music Together program is and the philosophy behind it?ST: Music Together i
s an innovative music and movement program for children aged birth to five years and their parents or caregivers, that is bas
ed on the belief that all children are inherently musical. Music Together pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement. At Music Together we believe that music ability is as basic to life as walking or talking, and that it is every child’s birthright to participate with pleasure and confidence in the music of our culture. We introduce children to the joys of making music instead of passively receiving it from CD’s and television. And because very young children instinctively respond to and imitate their loved ones, the active participation of parents and caregivers – regardless of their musical ability – is an essential part of the rich musical environment we create. Music Together parents discover what a powerful role model they are for their child, just by having fun with the music themselves! And by providing cd’s and songbooks to take home, we hope to inspire music-making in your everyday family life.
SCF: What can parents do on their own to inspire music education and movement activities for their children?
ST: Nothing is more important for a child’s musical growth than seeing their loved ones modeling music making with enjoyment! They don’t care if you sing in tune, they think you have the best voice in the world, but they do care that you model and participate! Around the house or wherever
you spend time with your children, try to incorporate music into your day-to-day activities. Create songs out of brushing your teeth, taking a bath, getting dressed, getting in the carseat – It’s so very simple for us to do, yet profound for your child’s music development. Families will often ask us what type of music they should be playing at home for their children, and we always tell them; “Play what you love. Remember that children learn by watching and imitating you, they are acquiring a disposition for music from you, so if you love rhythm and blues, share that with your child. If you love the Beatles, play the Beatles!” Parents need to give themselves permission to model how much fun music is.
SCF: What kind of activities will families be doing in the workshops at Seattle Children’s Festival?
ST: We’ll be encouraging families to unwind and join in with full participation as we lead fun, silly and playful music and movement activities together! We’ll talk a little bit about what we’re learning and why we do what we do within the song activities. Our hope is to send parents home with a deeper understanding of their child’s music development, and with some basic tools to help support that development at home.
SCF: What is the most popular/favorite activity in the program?
ST: Singing and moving together in a mixed aged family community setting! Where else do children get to see a room full of adults circle dancing with bells or crawling around on the floor playfully acting like cats and dogs singing. Remember children learn through play at this age! They respect adults who can communicate with them on their level! We create a fun, informal, playful, developmentally appropriate, non performance oriented learning environment which is musically rich, yet immediately accessible to the child’s – and the adult’s! – participation.
SCF: What should parents expect for the kids from Sunshine Music Together at SCF?
ST: To have a GREAT time participating with their parents in song and movement activities and to be inspired and motivated by the participation of the musical community around them! We’re all there to model how much fun music making is!