Young kids have wonderful imaginations for storytelling. It’s a big part of how they learn about the world and widen their vocabulary.
So when it comes to music, why don’t we also make use of this gift?
That’s exactly what Lyndel Kennedy was thinking when she created Play-a-Story curriculums. Inspired by her daughter, her resources allow beginning music students to explore the piano through play.
If we allow our beginning students to learn in this exploratory way, we can foster creativity in young children and a lifelong love of music. By not teaching music reading for the first year, Lyndel creates students who don’t have to be told to add musicality and expression – it’s all baked into every piece for them.
Lyndel’s passion for creativity in piano teaching is infectious and inspiring, you’re not going to want to miss this episode.
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Lyndel Kennedy lives in Perth, Australia with her husband and their four children. She believes in a world where everyone is created to be musical. Her programs have emerged from her rich music and visual arts career spanning graphic design, videography, photography, storytelling, and over 30 years of piano teaching. Her musical journey began as a young child, and included opportunities to play at national level competitions through to directing school musicals and choirs, attending Composition Master Classes with conductor and screen composer Brian May, and conducting international teacher workshops. Lyndel is passionate about encouraging students and teachers, wherever they are on the journey, to express their own musical identity. Find her at InnerMusician.com
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