Indianapolis is home to many great children’s musicians and music classes. We interviewed Michelle Marti of ShooBeeLoo Music and Movement to learn more about what she offers. Check it out!
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I was born in Australia but I have travelled all over the world, living in Australia, Singapore, England, and the USA for extended periods. I have worked as many different things, from barista to window display artist, but all the while music has been my passion. It has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I have played in many bands over the years, have recorded albums, filmed videos, and toured all over Europe with a couple of bands. Now I live in Indianapolis with my husband and four children.
What made you want to make music with children?
I never imagined myself as a children’s musician, but when I had my own kids everything changed. I started to see how their minds work, and how naturally they related to music. I went back to school to study Early Childhood Education, and found that I really loved engaging with children musically. I have been working with children in the field of music for over 10 years now.
What kinds of musical activities do you offer?
I lead parent/child music and movement classes for toddlers and preschoolers, I teach preschool and kindergarten music classes, and I perform at parties and events. I am also camp director for Girls Rock! Indianapolis, a not for profit music based organization teaching young women positive self-esteem and self-expression through music education and mentoring.
Where do you offer musical activities? For what ages?
parent and child classes, age 10 months through 5 years:
- Fishers YMCA
- Carmel Center for the Performing Arts
preschool and kindergarten classes, age 2-6:
- Northeast Cooperative Preschool
- Meridian Hills Cooperative Nursery School
- Parkview Cooperative Preschool
- Geist Orchard Cooperative Preschool
- Fishers YMCA preschool
- St Matthew Catholic School Pre-K program
- Church at the Crossing Early Childhood Center
school age children, age 9 – 16
- Girls Rock! Indianapolis Summer Camp at IUPUI (girlsrockindy.org)
performances, age 1 – 7
- Various places, look for updates on my Facebook page
What do you love most about making music with children?
I love to see their joy at being able to engage in musical activities, I love how children will naturally move to the sound of music and look for ways to enjoy the music, and I love the hugs from happy children.
Where can people go to learn more about you?
What is your number one tip for parents about how to use music with their children?
How about number one, two and three?
1. Don’t be shy! Your child doesn’t care if you sing like Celine Dion or the Cookie Monster, or if you dance like Elaine in Seinfeld, they just love that you do it. Don’t deprive your child of the pleasure you can both derive out of dancing, singing, and playing music together.
2. Be flexible. If your child doesn’t respond to one style of music or musical activity, try something else. Find what your child likes and do it over and over.
3. Don’t grow them up too soon. Allow your young child to enjoy age appropriate children’s songs as well as experimenting with other genres of music: folk, classical, jazz, world music, blues, etc. There are plenty of years ahead for pop culture.