Music to Learn By
August 13th, 2012
This weekend, I attended a “work day” at Miss Mouse’s new school. This was a parents-only event where we helped her teacher prepare the classroom for the school year. We labeled file folders, cut out name tags, sorted craft drawers, and generally got things organized. It was a great opportunity to spend some time with Miss Mouse’s teacher and a few other parents, talking, working, and munching on chocolate donuts. Mmmm.
While we were working, it gradually registered that the music I heard was an instrumental version of the great aria from the opera, Carmen. (Note that I hate opera and this piece still knocks me flat every time.) “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle.” Sing it, sister.
Intrigued, I asked the teacher if the music had been chosen for the benefit of the parental audience or if that was a typical selection for the class.
It turns out, it’s the latter. They usually have gentle classical or instrumental music playing during class.
Let’s just stay that the music found at most day cares and preschools I’ve encountered ranges from Disney remixes to insipid xylophone dirges to “It’s a small world” in an infinite playback loop.
But the coolest part was yet to come. The teacher said that if we had any musical suggestions, we could send a CD to school. Ha! I just happen to have a grandfather who spent many years of his life playing in a professional piano quartet. And they were good. Really good. Thus I shall be sending in a pack of Ames Piano Quartet CDs and reveling in the knowledge that my girl will be listening to her grandfather’s music throughout the school day. Huzzah!