Teacher brings joy of music to kids and parents

Little Sprouts Music Together returning to Rosehill in September
By Brandon Gustafson | Sep 05, 2018

Music has always been at the center of everything Brenna Wells does.

The Cascade High School grad has been singing since joining her school’s choir in eighth grade, taking lessons from a local voice teacher soon after. She attended Western Washington University in Bellingham where she earned a degree in Vocal Performance before packing her bags and traveling across the country to the Longy School of Music in Boston where she earned her Master of Music degree, again in Vocal Performance. She also studied for a year in London.

“Music chose me,” Wells said.

She met her husband in the Boston area and started her family, and musical career, and ultimately, she found out about a program, Music Together, that would change her life.

Music Together is an early childhood music and movement program that started in the 1980s in the Philadelphia area. It is now offered all over the United States, and more than 40 other countries.

“While I was a professional singer in Boston, a colleague of mine recommended the class, and I took my 10-month-old to it,” Wells said. “I was hesitant at first, but was pleasantly surprised with the music and the way it was taught.”

Wells said she got certified to teach Music Together courses in 2012, and taught them in Boston before moving back to Everett, where she discovered that there aren’t many classes like this offered in the area.

“When I moved back here three years ago, I saw a void in classes like this,” she said. “There should be classes here.”

Now, she teaches her classes, Little Sprouts Music Together, in downtown Everett and here in Mukilteo at Rosehill Community Center.

“I love teaching at Rosehill. Even with the ferry traffic on Saturdays,” Wells said. “People love the location because you can really make a day of (being in the area).”

Wells’ classes are 45 minutes and run for 10 weeks. She describes the classes as “mixed-age,” with children ranging between newborns and 5 year olds.

Her curriculum includes “play-based music” and lots of movement.

“We have a collection of songs we go through in a semester, and we have fun with it,” she said. “It’s really just play-based teaching. Parents and kids both are learning basic concepts through playing.”

That includes playing along to songs with different instruments, chanting, clapping, dancing, and more.

“It’s fun for me to see what they’re interested in,” she said. “Some of these families have been with me for a while, and seeing their development and them gaining their independence and curiosity and how music develops their growth is great to see.”

Wells is finishing up her second year in Mukilteo, and has seen steady growth since her first classes.

“The first year was hard because the community didn’t know we existed,” she said. “One of the moms told me thanks for offering the class, and that she thought this was just a ‘Seattle thing.’”

Although she had previous teaching experience offering piano and voice lessons, it wasn’t until teaching these classes that Wells truly enjoyed teaching.

“It’s such a thrill to see your kids open up through music,” she said. “Our lives are so crazy these days. I love to see people open up and enjoy time with their family for 45 minutes.”

Wells can be seen at community events in the near future, such as the Lighthouse Festival where she will be in the kids area, and the Boo Bash at Rosehill just before Halloween.

She offers classes at Rosehill on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting Sept. 12 and 15.

For more information, visit littlesproutsmusictogether.com.

 

 

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