Do you hear what I hear?

26 Sep

After teaching Music Together for so long, my ears have changed. I hear singing, now, from babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers in class that I simply couldn’t hear before — cooing or crying (or howling!) on the last note of a song, la-la-la-ing the last three or four notes of a song, or “talking” on a note in a song while we’re passing out eggs or putting away scarves. When my kids were little, I wish I’d been able to hear their early singing as easily as I hear it in my classes now. They did it…I just didn’t know how to hear it.

One of my goals is to help every grown-up in my classes hear what I hear — not just in class, but also at home. Once you can hear it, you can echo it, and then those darn kids do it again, and again, and again. (We echo language all the time at home, and look what happens — those darn kids learn to talk!) And, if you hear something that I don’t in class — or at home — let me know about it! My ears have gotten sharper, but I’m sure there’s still a lot that I miss. The best thing in the world would be for a grown-up to point to their child and say, “Miss Anne, do you hear what I hear?”


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