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The Tuneful Parent Podcast

Apr 29, 2021

Fingerplays are an easy and free way to bond with your child. Not only do they allow you to have precious teaching moments with your child, they also help to equip your kiddo for preschool or daycare. However, perhaps you are like many parents who are unsure of what a fingerplay is or why they are important, let alone...


Apr 15, 2021

Parents, grandparents, and caregivers are a child’s first true teachers!  In regards to play-based learning, they need to see YOU sing and be musical! Now I’m not saying you need to be a Disney princess to sing to your kids, but you should at least be the one leading your child through the world of music, not a...


Apr 1, 2021

"More Than a Music Teacher" is a phrase coined by a music colleague Franklin Willis of Prince Rhythm Company and F Willis Music.  I think it's the perfect phrase to capture the essence of the first official episode of The Tuneful Parent Podcast!   I'm not JUST a music teacher, I'm so much more, and I hope you'll listen...


Apr 1, 2021

Am I dating myself with the No Doubt reference?  Oh well!

Of course we should speak to our child, but we can do so much MORE!

Dr. John Feierabend, the creator of the First Steps in Music for Infants and Toddlers & Preschool and beyond curriculua, once said, "We do not withhold speech from a child, until they can speak...


Apr 1, 2021

Why are wiggles important for your developing child and their sense of beat?  Well good thing you came to The Tuneful Parent Podcast! 

My name is JoEllyn Sumner and I am a certified Prenatal, Early Childhood, and K-12 Music Educator.  I'm also a parental music coach, and I'm here to help you navigate musical play at...