Hello, my name is Julie. I am a mum of two boys, Alex and Leo.
I have a passion for teaching young people music, as well as providing parents and families with the tools to bring music into their homes. I believe YOU are your child’s best teacher and childhood should be magical and full of wonder. I aim to support your connected parenting and to provide an environment to build on your beautiful bond with your child.
I began formal music lessons on the flute at age eight after my parents could no longer ignore my relentless recorder playing. Little did they know that they would soon be moving the couch to make way for a piano.
I have a Bachelor of Music from the Melba Conservatorium, where I was awarded the John Tallis Bursary (scholarship). I’ve had the privilege of performing on the world’s stage as a flutist and the joy of large and small ensemble and solo work within Australia. I have been a private music educator since 2003 and have since studied Kodály (pronounced Koh-Die) based music programs and philosophy specifically for young children and early learning.
So what exactly is Kodály music education, and how does it work in early childhood? Zoltán Kodály was a 20th Century Hungarian ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, composer and philosopher. He did a great deal in his lifetime, too much to summarise in just a few sentences, including his tireless work toward reforming Hungarian music education. Underpinning this work was a set of principles upon which Kodály teachers base their work today. These principles include:
Music should belong to everybody
Music education should begin as early as possible in a child’s life
Music should be taught in such a way that it is a joy for the child
Those who are teaching the very youngest of children must be the very best musicians and teachers
The singing voice is the very best instrument for a young child to learn to use
Children must be given an opportunity to develop a ‘musical mother-tongue’ in the same way that they learn their own mother-tongue spoken language
To deliver this I have been accredited as a First Steps in Music teacher through the acclaimed Feierabend Association for Music Education, and had the insipring experience of learning from Dr John Feierabend himself.
Personally, I love mini outdoor adventures exploring with my family, making home movies, spontaneous music making and dancing in the kitchen, growing food on my suburban block, watching my boys make new discoveries and savouring strong coffee.
Hello! My name is Jaynaya but please feel free to call me Jay! I am a mum to Jaida and Jye, a Special Education Teacher and a lover of all things that enable our young people to learn in fun, energetic and inspiring ways! No wonder I fell in love with Sounds Like This!
I studied my Master of Teaching at the University of Melbourne after having completed my undergrad course at Monash University. I have taught children of all ages in a Special Education/Special Development School setting and after having Jaida it was our weekly music class that truly made me miss teaching again. Jaida and I have been attending Sounds Like This classes for four fabulous years, and Jye has been loving classes from birth. I’ve had the pleasure of attending Professional Development training with Julie over the years which have inspired me even more. The pedagogical approach and theory behind Sounds Like This enable us to teach with intention, placing value on all aspects of the students’ development, both cognitively and physically, their autonomy and ensuring safe and developmentally appropriate exploration of voice. All of which compliment my own teaching and parenting style. I believe all children should be treated with respect and that we learn most effectively when having fun! What could be more fun than making music with your children?
Outside of the classroom I love taking all our musical goodness on camping trips with my family, playdates at the park (where we’re often singing while we play) and lazy weekend mornings in my PJs getting creative making my own jewellery. I have also been teaching with Trinity Kids Australia for the last year which has been influential in assisting me to live more mindfully and provided me with more tools to emotionally empower the children that I work with.
I’m so excited to be joining the team at Sounds Like This For Kids and sharing my passion for educating young people in a fun, engaging and musical way!