Let’s Play Music Holds Free Sessions on SUU Campus

Published: October 13, 2021 | Author: Ashley H Palmer | Read Time: 3 minutes

Shelle SoelbergThe SUU Music Department is proud to host Shelle Soelberg, owner and founder of Let's Play Music, an interactive music education program for children and parents offering music and piano lessons for newborns through 12 year olds and beyond. These sessions, for music teachers, parents of children taking music lessons, and students interested in teaching music, will occur Friday, October 22, 2021, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. - noon in the SUU Music Building on campus. The first of its kind, this Elementary Music Celebration is open and free to the public.

The Friday evening session will focus on how children learn music and how parents and teachers can foster the music learning process. Saturday's session will include three 50 minute sessions focusing on the following topics: the history and proper use of solfege, early childhood characteristics, philosophies, and successful approaches to music learning, and how to present classical music to children with guided movement and intelligent listening.

Shelle Soelberg, owner and founder of Let’s Play Music, shares, “Early music education is an essential component of the overall childhood development. Through my presentations and workshops, I hope to share the impact and the delight of research-based teaching with students, parents, and educators.”

After graduating with a BA in Music Education from Brigham Young University, Soelberg taught voice and piano lessons in her private studio for 9 years. In 1997, she began constructing her own curriculum for children's music lessons, which incorporates solfege, ear training, piano skills, note reading, and classical music study in a playful class setting and taught the first Let’s Play Music classes in 1998. Soelberg could not handle the demands of all the classes so in 2000 she and Amberlee Moffett began training other teachers to teach the Let’s Play Music method. They continued to build the business together and by 2011 when it had grown to 250 teachers, her husband, Dave Soelberg, joined the company to run the executive and operations sides of the business. There are now over 400 teachers and 11,000 students nationwide.

Kathy Wells, a Cedar City Let’s Play Music teacher, says, “This Elementary Music Celebration will be full of research based methods of teaching children. These best practices are tried, tested, and successful. Shelle Soelberg is a master teacher who infuses a love of music into her students with enthusiasm, a wealth of knowledge, and experience!”

Come and join us as we learn together about childhood music education and its benefits for lifelong music learning. For more information, contact Krystal McCoy at krystalmccoy@suu.edu.

About the College of Performing and Visual Arts

The College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) at Southern Utah University comprises 26 academic programs including liberal arts (BA/BS) and professional (BFA, BM, BMEd) degrees in art, design, dance, music, and theatre. It includes graduate programs in the fields of arts administration (MFA, MA), music education (MME), and music technology (MM). More than 60 full-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 900 majors in the College. CPVA presents over 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year and is affiliated with the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Center for Shakespeare Studies. Southern Utah University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) making SUU the first public university in the state of Utah to be accredited by all four associations. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, visit www.suu.edu/pva.

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