Early Childhood Music & Movement

Margaret Persing grew up in a musical family and from an early age studied violin and piano. She fell in love with choral singing while in high school choir under the baton of Dr. James Jordan, now of Westminster Choir College. While at St. Olaf College, Margaret spent three years performing and touring with the St. Olaf Choir. She also played violin in the St. Olaf Chamber Orchestra. She has sung with the Pro Arte Chamber Singers of Connecticut and the Harmonium Choral Society in the Morristown area. She is currently a violin soloist and part-singer/soloist at her church where she also conducts the children’s choir.

 

Margaret completed a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from St. Olaf College and a Master of Music in Classroom Music from Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. She studied early childhood music with Dr. John Feierabend at Hartt and trained under Mary Ann Hall for four years. She has 16 years of experience teaching MARY ANN HALL’S MUSIC FOR CHILDREN & Beyond™, both in Connecticut and New Jersey. She is currently bringing OUT OF THE BOX MUSIC™, a new branch of MUSIC FOR CHILDREN, to preschoolers in New Jersey.

 

Margaret believes that music is essential to the well-being of the whole child and that every child is born with music intelligence. The child is the most important instrument, through which the music flows and grows. We can “feed” the steady beat and melodies to the infant and toddler by dancing together, singing together, doing knee bounces, foot pats, finger wiggles, and palm tickles. As the child grows, reading rhythms and applying the corresponding physical movement (Dalcroze Eurythmics) with imaginary play gives value to the music and provides a physical and emotional connection with the music. This “playfully theoretical” approach grows the child’s musicianship and encourages children to expand their inclusion of all elements of music in their play.