When it comes to music and children, sounds are different for everyone. It may be the sound of your grandmother’s voice welcoming you inside for Christmas dinner or the sound of the lullaby your mom sang to you every night before bed. Either way, our experiences as children have lasting effects. In fact, when those experiences involve music, something great happens…children have a greater chance at developing certain skills to a greater potential. Of course, Ashley Robertson of Mrs. Ashley’s Music Circle understands this but found the opportunity to enjoy music as a group or family was limited in some instances. Robertson sits down with host, Taylor Bennett, to discuss the circle.
Interview recorded on August 23, 2017. Hosted by Taylor Bennett.
Read a partial transcript of the interview here:
Bennett: With your three childhood education degrees, did you start the circle for more from an education standpoint or less about education and more about community?
Robertson: It started out as an opportunity for families of all types to access early, childhood education opportunities. I started as a teacher at IPS. When I became a stay-at-home mom I realized that most stay-at-home parents are operating on one income. They are missing out on certain opportunities. So, I created an accessible option for those families.
Bennett: Tell me about a class.
Robertson: It’s chaos! Complete chaos! But it is organized. I use the best of my teaching techniques to manage the group. I have a really short attention span and so it’s fun. I mimic the attention span of a 12 month old, etc.. I included letters, shapes, colors, counting, opposites and impulse control activity.
Bennett: What is the kids reaction/
Robertson: Usually is takes a minute to get the pace. After a couple of times they find that “this is it, I don’t have to be quiet or sit down”.
Bennett: Do you travel around the city/
Robertson: That is actually evolving. I encourage people to follow me on Facebook. I have a class for just babies under 9 months old;the pub takeover at Union Jack Pub.
Bennett: What if you can’t sing?
Robertson: If you can’t sing, sing anyway. The kids really don’t care what it sounds like. It’s more about lyrical feeling and rhythm.