Musical Notes

Part II: How I got to teaching Music Together®
By Matt Yaeger on November 19, 2013

When my son was born, my sister was talking about a music program in San Francisco she was taking with my niece called Music Together. She recommended that my wife and I sign our son up for it. We took Music Together with Deb Cavanaugh's from Heldeberg Music, in Albany, NY. It was so much fun!

My son had such an amazing time exploring the music, playing, and bouncing around the room. As for me... I had a chance to practice singing again, to have fun with music, and to experience a wide variety of rhythms, and learn dozens of new songs that I wouldn't otherwise know.

After a few semesters, Deb noticed my enthusiasm for the program, and recognizing that I had a decent voice and rhythmic abilities, and asked me if I had ever considered teaching the classes. She was looking for someone who could teach night classes. This actually came at a great time for me. I was home full-time with my son and really wanted to get out of the house more often.

Teaching night classes and weekend classes was a perfect solution for our family. My wife would work during the days while I was home with my son. And on the evenings I had to teach, she would come home and we would swap roles, and I could go teach the evening classes. This “balance” was working out wonderfully for us.

What started out as teaching a few classes for other directors, has now become a career as the owner of Matt's Music Together, in 4 locations, where I have the honor of sharing with the families of infants and young children the strange, yet exuberant appreciation of music that I have, and hopefully will pass that on to the next generation of music makers.

After years of fighting the past, and trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, my path found me. How about you?  How did you figure out "What you wanted to be when you grew up?"

 

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By Matt Yaeger on October 28, 2013

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Welcome
By Matt Yaeger on October 18, 2013

Welcome to my new blog - Musical Notes! I am excited to bring you this interactive feature, where once a month, I will be sharing my thoughts on all things musical.

But first, I would like to share with you my love of singing and the constant pull to teaching. My path toward becoming a “teacher” of music to children is a long one that I probably should have seen coming long ago.

My earliest memory of someone saying “that boy can sing” was in Summer camp and I was in 1st or 2nd grade. My camp counselor put me on top of a picnic table and I remember singing Annie's “The sun will come out tomorrow” to a bunch of campers and counselors during a rainy day where we were all trapped under the pavilion. By 3rd grade I was performing on stage in front of the school in cheesy school plays, as well as filling some needed “kid” roles for the high school performances.

It wasn't until middle school, where the chorus teacher pulled my mother aside and said “get him voice lessons.” So from 7th grade through graduation I was taking voice training. My primary focus was Broadway, but as a High School/college student also found myself exploring various different types of music, which led to a pretty diverse and eclectic cannon from which I draw my musical tastes.

You remember those aptitude tests that were supposed to measure and classify what your personality characteristics, interests, and general educational goals were? And then combine the results through some weird calculated formula and spit out “what you should be when you grow up?” That test's formula led to my guidance counselor gently attempting to steer me into being a teacher, or someone who is generally a facilitator. It wasn't that I didn't want a career as a teacher, I just had grandiose ideas about what I wanted to be/do when I “grew up.”

Fast forward several years through college and a few careers and it wasn't until I started taking Music Together classes with my son that my career path became obvious. 

More to come in Part II: How I started to teaching Music Together.