St. Louis Native Shares Musical Learning Innovations
Can you remember the ABC song? What other songs do you remember from childhood?
Jennifer Fixman-Kramer realized that academic songs should not be limited to the ABC’s when she began singing all subjects to her first graders fifteen years ago.
“I was amazed at the results when I started teaching through songs,” says “Miss Jenny,” as she is known to her young fans. “The children were learning more, they were retaining the information, and they were having so much fun learning.”
“Miss Jenny” has studied the work of Howard Gardner, Harvard Professor and developer of the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. According to Gardner, the first intelligence to develop in young minds is musical intelligence. Literary intelligence comes later. “This means that children are ready to focus on songs well before they’re ready to read,” she says. “They memorize the songs, and the songs become part of their lives. If songs focus on reading skills, children can become faster, better readers, at an earlier age.”
Since Jennifer began teaching, she has written and professionally produced over 200 educational songs through her company, Edutunes.com, Inc. She will be presenting her materials through the Bureau of Education and Research in St. Louis on January 20, 2012. Her seminar is entitled, “Enhancing Early Literacy Skills Through Music: Motivating Students to Learn.”
Jennifer graduated from Parkway North High School and received her undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She currently lives and teaches in Ewa Beach, HI.
“Miss Jenny’s” products are available through local parent-teacher stores and through her website, www.edutunes.com. Most programs sell for $19.99. Jennifer’s seminar will be located at the Crowne Plaza, 11228 Lone Eagle Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044. The cost is $215.00 You may register through www.ber.org, or call 1 (800) 735-3503.