An interview with Little Musicians instructor Temi Hason
This year our Little Musicians series, part of our Little Learners Club, is back and has been extended to 6 weeks of classes starting on February 4! These early childhood enrichment classes are perfect for toddlers 18 months to 3 years old and their caregivers who are looking for a friendly and fun introduction to making music. We’re especially excited to have Temi Hason leading the class!
Temi is a cellist, musical theater performer and early childhood music educator originally from Istanbul and recently relocated from New York City to San Diego. As a result of her studies in music education and professional experience, Temi started her own music company, A Musical Home, which offers instrument-based music classes for children 5 months to 5 years old. She has been teaching music for over five years and has worked with a variety of age groups in both public and private schools. This is not the first time Temi has worked with the Museum – she is thrilled to be returning as an instructor after leading the music portion of our Summer Day Camps last August! We decided to ask her a few questions about early music education for children and what to expect in the upcoming Little Musicians classes!
When did you start playing music and why do you enjoy it?
Temi: I started performing as Cosette in Les Miserables and touring all around Turkey at the age of 8. I was accepted to the Conservatory at age 10 out of 10,000 applicants and started playing the cello. I love inspiring people. Seeing the spark in someone’s eyes is the best thing ever!
Why do you think early music education is important for children?
T: I believe that every kid is born musical! By combining musical theater, music education and cello approaches, it helps kids to find themselves and have fun! Each child is able to connect with at least one perspective of these different aspects. Learning music increases their understanding and awakens their awareness. It must be hands on, interactive, creative and imaginative! They have to feel it in their body and discover it themselves! Music benefits the child’s development of coordination, listening skills, social understanding, physical expression and personal discovery.
Can you give some examples of what you have planned for the Little Musicians classes?
T: Lots of singing, dancing and discovering a new member of the orchestra together! There will also be bouncy balls, parachute, bubbles and puppets. Can’t wait to make music with you!
What do you enjoy most about teaching music to children?
T: I find children very refreshing! Every time I am with kids there is constant happiness, I am uplifted and get some amazing energy. Working with early childhood is very demanding and physical but worth every single second!
Be sure to join us at the Museum for all the fun! Classes take place on February 4, 11, 18 and 25, and March 4 and 11 from 9:30-10:30am. Each Little Musicians class includes specialized music classes for toddlers with fun activities such as music, sensory sound, introduction to instruments and more. Our Little Musicians attendees will also receive all-day access to the Museum. Register today!