By Lyn Ransom, D.M.A.
Lyn Ransom, D.M.A., is the recently-retired Director of Program Development at Music Together LLC and coauthor of Music Together Preschool. She helped to develop Music Together’s Babies Program in 1999 and was a curriculum writer for all of the Music Together song collections. In addition to 25 years’ experience teaching adults and young people to sing, Dr. Ransom developed the music program for High/Scope Foundation and served as a teacher trainer for Head Start and Follow Through. Author of Children as Music-makers, she has served on the music faculties at several universities, including Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Iowa State University, and Westminster Conservatory of Music at Rider University.
My children, now 25 and 29, had music around them growing up. I sang and played guitar and their father played his favorite ’60s songs on the piano. We had a music area in their playroom and they played ukulele, drums, and shakers with us whenever. My son’s son, Jackson, now over a year old, also has music around him. His father Coray plays bass guitar, a little piano, and the video game Rock Band. His mother loves to sing Disney tunes, sings in a chorus from time to time, and sings the songs Jackson especially likes. Jackson has several musical toys and instruments. He goes to Music Together on Saturday with both parents, and Coray often bounces him and sings “Fly Eagles Fly” (the Philadelphia Eagles Fight Song). Coray swears that this quiets any potential tantrum. This is ideal: he sees both parents pursue music they like, and he experiences them singing and moving with him—and enjoying it.
Recently, Coray was home alone with Jackson feeding him supper. He couldn’t get him to eat so he began singing about their suppers. Jackson squealed, giggled, and eventually ate his food! Coray says the song goes like this: