Wendy Snell is a former Kindergarten teacher with a Master’s in Early Childhood Education. She has taught music, movement, and dance to babies, toddlers, and preschoolers for the past 10 years and, in 2012, received intensive training in the internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program, Music Together®.
To give you a sense for where my passion for this kind of thing first started and how it developed, I thought I'd take you back to when I was a little bitty just for a moment . . .
My love for dance started in Ms. Wilhite’s Creative Movement class. I was 3. I remember the thrill when she chose my jacket as the “pond” for all of us to leap over. I remember the triumph of first clearing that pond.
From then on, I was a dancer. I danced in class, but I also danced in our kitchen, our living room, our dining room, our hallways, upstairs and downstairs, in my bedroom, and on stage.
As a dance major, I danced through most of college, until I decided that I wanted a more balanced life, one that would include kids. Not long after graduating from the University of Iowa, I received a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College in New York and taught kindergarten for six years before starting a family.
When my oldest was a baby, I led a music and movement class for infants through pre-schoolers and their caregivers. It was as much a joy as it was a success and, over a period of four years, Music and Movement with Miss Wendy grew exponentially. I had the privilege of seeing these little ones grow from experiencing the music in their mamas' laps to full-fledged singing, dancing participants, and then to see their little siblings enter the picture and take their places in their mamas' laps.
It is now my great delight to be a trained and registered teacher as well as a licensed center director for the best early childhood music and movement program in the world!