More Music and Art – and Why I Teach

Music has been a great inspiration, and children have truly created wonderful works of art.

When I think of classical music inspiring children I immediately think of the renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma playing for Mr. Rogers.

This video clip speaks for itself.  Mr. Rogers was the greatest teacher- he knew how to reach children.

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons continues to be the favorite music as we create art.  Here is a sneak peek at some of the masterpieces children have created.  Hang on to your hat:


Monet’s Garden


Piet Mondrian

“Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog”
by Caspar David Friedrich

Still Life

This coming week, children will give a title – a name – to their masterpieces.  We need to frame all the art, make a giant Starry Night mural, and write words that highlight the art.  We have a big week ahead!

I received a lovely email from a parent:

Lachlan wanted me to email about taking Gloria home one weekend.  He is very excited about it!

Also, we are planning on taking a little family vacation to Washington DC the week before school vacation.  He already told us he wants to visit places with famous paintings and take pictures to show you guys.

I love that he’s so interested in carrying over what he learns.  I told him we could print pictures we take to bring to school after vacation.  I showed him an old photo album from a school trip to Europe when I was in high school last night too, and he had so many questions and pointed the Eiffel Tower out every time he saw it.  It was great to see him so engaged with it.

This is why I teach.  I suggested to the parent that the child take Gloria to Washington.  It would mean the world to him.

Stay tuned for more!


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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92 Responses to More Music and Art – and Why I Teach

  1. Jim W. says:

    This is wonderful 🌷🌷

  2. Ritu says:

    This is wonderful, Jennie!

  3. beth says:

    all so wonderful, you are such a natural teacher. this reminded me of a book/movie I love. it’s by pat conroy and called ‘the water is wide.’ it is his book about his younger days as a teacher way before he became a famous author. it will move you to tears.

  4. I think i have to take your class to. I am missing so much. Its so wonderful, what you are teaching with heartblood and soul, Jennie! Have a beautiful weekend! xx Michael

  5. Thank you for posting the wonderful Yo Yo Ma video! His obvious delight in playing music left a big grin on my face. The children are doing very well with their paintings. It’s going to be a great show!

  6. srbottch says:

    Looks like it’s turning out to be another successful art show, Jennie. I can feel the kids’ excitement in your words. Well done.

  7. Darlene says:

    I’m glad you found the Yo-Yo Ma with Mr Rogers video. The paintings are wonderful and I loved the letter from the parents. What a great start in life this young man has. Enjoy your busy week.

  8. I love everything about this post. Please tell the children their paintings are magnificent!

  9. Fantastic! The ‘cubism’ one looks like it was composed of fabric scraps?

  10. beth says:

    As pointed out the movie’s name is conrack if you want to see that too. Stars John voight

  11. Don Ostertag says:

    And that’s why you teach. And the kittle ones are so lucky to have you as a teacher.

  12. quiall says:

    That was a lovely video!. It is so wonderful to see such passion for something so beautiful. Somebody once said that music is life and life is music. It truly is.

  13. Jim Borden says:

    those are some beautiful works of art. and I love that one of the children is so excited about Gloria, and about art. I agree that Gloria should accompany him to D.C.

    • Jennie says:

      I’m glad you liked the art, Jim. I’ll post more next week. It is incredible what children can create. I have good news- Gloria is going to Washington D.C.!! I had an email form the parent this afternoon. I’m so excited!!!

  14. Jennie, you are an inspiration. I love this post. Hugs on the wing.

  15. beetleypete says:

    As always, a great read. And Gloria is going to DC! I will look forward to her photos in front of The White House, and The Lincoln Memorial. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      My entire teaching team is thrilled that Gloria is going to Washington! We got the confirmation email from the family this afternoon. I sincerely hope she gets the grand tour, as well as seeing famous works of art.

  16. Terrific, Jeanne. What a rewarding thing to happen. A child carrying on with what he has learned at school.

  17. scarlettcat says:

    I love it. Love the colors and composition.

  18. cindy knoke says:

    How wonderful. My three year old twin grandsons love opera.

  19. TanGental says:

    Can’t stop grinning!

  20. Dan Antion says:

    It’s such a good thing that you introduce these kids to art the way you do, Jennie. This is an experience that will stick with them throughout their life.

  21. petespringerauthor says:

    Ah, we all need emails like that from time to time. It’s nice to be appreciated and know that what you’re doing is carrying over at home.

  22. bosssybabe says:

    Aw! Must be so nice getting positive feedback from children and their parents- and being able to see the difference you’re making in their young lives!

    How great would it be to see Gloria all over the country! hehe!

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  24. I held onto my hat, Jennie. Wow. You have some savants in your class. How beautiful! Thanks for sharing art and music in your lovely post (and classroom).

  25. dgkaye says:

    Fantastic up and coming creatives you are grooming Jennie. ❤

  26. Lala says:

    Music they say is the food of the soul

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  28. Oh my, I’m so impressed by their artwork!! I am looking forward to seeing what they title their paintings.

    Gloria in Washington DC for a whole week with a student and their family sounds so exciting! You’ve lit another spark, Jennie, and it’s glowing!! 😀

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Deborah. We hang the art tomorrow. I videoed me showing children their framed and titled paintings. Of course I had Vivaldi playing in the background. They were so excited!! I’ll include the video in my blog post about the Art Show.

      Yes, Gloria in Washington for a whole week!! I love those sparks! 🙂

  29. Dubem says:

    Woah. I really like the one titled “Pointillism”
    Y’all did a good job!

  30. Carla says:

    Such amazing masterpieces.

  31. Yo-yo Ma–so wonderful. His music and his personal fable–both stunning.

  32. There are some teachers who should never be let loose on children, and then there are some teachers who are so inspirational, the effects of their work resonates throughout a child’s life. I suspect you are one of the latter! This is a lovely post.

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