Music to tiny tots’ ears
SHE has spent 40 years teaching music to babies and young children and now Connie Johnson wants to ensure her experiences and skills continue to inspire local families.
Connie, who splits her time between Port Douglas and Cairns, can often be found telling stories at Mossman Library, participating in children’s events and volunteering at the community centre.
Now, after a recent serious illness, she wants to ensure her teachings continue to help local children reach their full potential.
She is generously giving away thousands of copies of her book, Music Fun Begun Young, to pre-schools, day care centres, children’s clothing and toy shops and other outlets.
“I just want to make sure they are used, I’ve been given an incredible gift and to be able to give something back is an honour,” she said.
The book details how she uses fun musical, percussion, singing, drama and puppetry activities to stimulate the senses and develop children’s left and right brain learning, with amazing results.
“Many parents do not realise that 60 per cent of a child’s neurological tissue is formed by age three years, and 90 per cent by age five years,” explained Connie.
“It’s so important not to plonk them in front of a TV - children want to learn and they need to learn.
“By making it fun, it’s not pushing them into it and I find that the ones who have come through the classes are so bright when they get to school.
“You can tell from a very young age when they’ve got perfect pitch and I think to myself, ’There’s the future Guy Sebastian’.”
Connie, who suffered from an ongoing illness as a child and young adult, said her life would have been very difficult without music.
Born with perfect pitch herself, she started learning the piano at age three and by the time she was seven, she was teaching the neighbourhood kids for 25c a lesson.
“I was born with a gift, and all I want to do in my latter years is share what I have learned,” she said.
For information email info@musicfortots. com.au or visit www.musicfortots.com.au. Profits from Connie’s other publications go to a Ugandan hospital to provide necessities for orphaned children.
Gift of learning: music teacher and author Connie Johnson