As one would suspect, my imagination is an active, busy and colorful place. Characters, stories and clever humor catapult me into lyric writing so often that I'm never not creating. Like, right at this moment, there are 3 new CDs (with 20-26 tracks on each) in production AND there are close to 75 songs, dances and games just waiting to either be written, recorded or further worked on in the Music Monkey Jungle Studios.
I used active imagination, imagery and lyric writing as tools to help young minds delve into creative writing with me, in the heat of the music classroom. Because, as an elementary music teacher in a public school district, all support staff and special area teachers were called upon to "support the school's writing, reading and/or math goals". And, without Reading, English, Language Arts, Math and Science, MUSIC can't exist.
The creation of Fifi, Fester, Neil the Bird, the Happy Dance Trees, Hercules the Ladybug, the rainbow flowers, puffy white clouds and imagery of Music Monkey Jungle were the focal points of our creative writing and lyric creating conversations.
Thank you to everyone who shows their love and support to us!
We are truly grateful for the following amazing performance opportunities,
fantastic partnerships, humbling accolades and the formation of solid friendships.
Music Monkey Jungle has the fantastic opportunity of bringing our interactive music education lessons to Mi Casita on Tuesday afternoons. Marci teaches the baby-2 year olds through The Music Monkey Jungle Sing Along and the 3-5 year olds through The Music Monkey Jungle Jam. Our goal is to engage and motivate all learners to understand, connect, perform and present concepts of music, movement and dance through active participation. To create a warm, nurturing and safe environment where emotional, physical and social needs are met; giving everyone nurturing space to learn.
Mi Casita Preschool is Philadelphia's first Spanish immersion preschool, located in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia. Mi Casita serves students from birth to five years old and their mission is to develop a generation of multicultural students who are curious, passionate and confident, lifelong learners. Through a unique combination of Spanish Immersion, project-based learning, and the Creative Curriculum, Mi Casita students become more than bilingual and biliterate; they become globally and culturally aware citizens who value and enjoy education. To learn more, please visit www.micasitapreschool.com
Orff Schulwerk is a music education method I first learned about in 1993, as a music education major enrolled in a class called Elementary Methods. In this class, we dove into the teaching techniques and music education methods of Kodaly, Dalcroze and Orff.
Music Monkey Jungle is a an art community where primates of all ages come together to sing, dance, play and learn through songs, dances and games that teach a myriad of lessons from multiple subjects. It’s been ingrained in my learning that in order for music to learned correctly, it should never ever EVER be taught by itself.
I've been the attendee of so many professional development workshops, seminars and conferences. A handful were specific to music education, another handful were partially relevant to the elementary classroom setting (the setting I was teaching in at those times) but the majority didn't pertain to me, my field and my specialty almost at all. It made me feel ignored, under appreciated and disposable.
From sing-a-longs to drumming to dance, see a full list of our programs.
Music Monkey Jungle original songs, dances and games are way more complex than one would think!
Kinderlach Rock by Music Monkey Jungle is AWESOME Jewish music for AWESOME Jewish kids! Our collection of original songs, dances and games are designed to teach, celebrate and reinforce Jewish ideas, customs, traditions, holidays and basic Hebrew while having a music, movement and dance rockin’ good time