What Moms and Dads Are Saying About This Course
I CAN PLAY THE PENTATONIC FLUTE!
I have to rave about Jodie Mesler's The Magic Flute Volume 1! I just finished the first lesson and cannot believe how easy it was for me to play the pentatonic flute! I have been feeling like I might not be able to teach my 6-year-old daughter the flute in September. Now I know that I can do it, and Jodie already has the lessons all planned out for me in her course! ~Nichole
I CAN MAKE MUSIC WITH MY KIDS!
I am SO looking forward to making music with my kids! I learned to play in a very strict environment and I definitely want to make it a pleasant relaxing experience for my kids. I really am so excited to share this with my kids. I think it's wonderful! ~Kristina
I LEARNED HOW TO PLAY THE RECORDER IN 45 MINUTES!
I have been lucky enough to attend Jodie’s recorder sessions at Taproot Teacher Training in Ohio and she made this ogre fingered dad create fairy inspired notes within 45 minutes so I trust her judgement and knowledge on the subject of teaching music to children. Her insight and love of the pennywhistle has inspired me to choose it as my 6-year-old daughter’s first instrument. The entire Waldorf approach to the lively arts cultivates a child’s thirst to learn through play and she has touched on those points throughout her course. ~Joe
I DON’T HAVE TO KNOW A TON IN ORDER TO BEGIN PLAYING!
The first thing I would say is that as someone who is not very musically literate, particularly when it comes to wind instruments, Jodie’s orientation about how to choose a flute is SO VALUABLE. Music is such an investment, and her course gives parents the information they need in order to know how to best spend their money.
Secondly, I loved the way Jodie explained the differences between the different flutes and why certain flutes work best for young children. That was so very helpful.
She really has an incredible teaching gift. I love that she breaks things down in very manageable pieces. I never feel overwhelmed. I also love that you don't have to know a ton in order to begin playing, right away. My 8-year-old son sat with me while she was teaching and followed along. He was very engaged. He wants a pennywhistle! ~Amy
I’VE NEVER PLAYED AN INSTRUMENT BEFORE BUT IT’S SO EASY!
I've never played an instrument before, but always wanted to. Jodie’s curriculum has made learning really easy, not intimidating at all, and so much fun! I've enjoyed her videos so much. ~Chris
MY KIDS LOVE THE GAMES!
We've been playing the freeze game where I play and then they freeze when I stop playing and they love it! She shares her love of the pennywhistle with me and my kids in so many playful ways. She makes it fun for the whole family! ~Gennie
I AM FEELING CONFIDENT!
We are very excited about learning the pennywhistle. I am not at all musical but Jodie’s course is amazing and I am feeling confident that we can do it. She has video teacher lessons as well as the child lessons makes me feel more confident in teaching. ~Tracey
MY KIDS LOVE THE STORYTELLING!
Oh my gosh! The kids love The Story of the Magic Flute! They just love it! I thought they might be too old for it, but I have to tell you they aren't!
And they love Jodie’s storytelling voice. I told them they could meet her someday and they are psyched! My kids are 9 and 11 and they are Cade (9) and Laura (11) ~Jennine
MY SON IS SO EXCITED!
Oh my goodness, thank you so much Jodie! I just downloaded the songs and started listening to Make Way for King Winter. My son came up to me and said "Mom, do you remember The Story of The Magic Flute with the rings and stuff? I want to do that." It blows my mind because it's been a good 6 months since we even listened to it and we only did it once! Needless to say, he will be SO excited for all of this!!!! We can't wait! ~Heather
I’ve been at this Waldorf homeschooling for awhile, my oldest is 19 and in college, youngest is 10; and these are great!!!! I’ve gone through the Teacher Lessons 1, 2, and 3 and I am loving them. I already play recorder so I’m using that instead of the pennywhistle. I’m not speaking from a beginner’s perspective but the beauty of the course is that if one needs to review and move at a slower pace they can.
In addition to homeschooling my daughter (5th grade), I teach a Waldorf-inspired group at my home once a week and that has younger kids as well. It’s for grades 2-5 this year. We’ll continue with the recorder in that group and I still find her materials very helpful. So, when folks ask if they can use this with the recorder, I’d say yes, yes, yes.
I did wake up this morning inspired to get two pennywhistles for my daughter and for me to play as well. I love music. I sing in a women’s group, and I plan on offering some kind of musical adventure in our weekly homeschooling co-op, a larger eclectic group, this fall. Jodie has already created all the lessons, so inspiring! The Waldorf world will benefit greatly.
I’m going to Taproot Teacher Training this weekend and I will definitely be mentioning Jodie's materials. Barbara Dewey offers this annual Waldorf homeschooling retreat every summer and I’m teaching a class for Grades 1 and 2 and a class for Grade 4. She lives on a farm with a pond and I am looking forward to going as I always meet really interesting people. We spend the whole weekend immersed in all things Waldorf. I love being able to lead the morning singing each day.
I hope you get to enjoy her music curriculum. Can’t wait for more! ~ Jean Miller
WALDORF ESSENTIALS SAYS:
When I think about people how have touched my life, I have to include one fantastic Waldorf inspired Mama, Jodie Mesler. I was listening to some of her songs this morning, like I have many times over the last 10 years that I have known her and I wanted to make sure you all know her!! Jodie Mesler is a wonderful Waldorf centered teacher and musician. If you haven't checked out her Waldorf Inspired Songs then get busy!
I have to say that her work is WONDERFUL!!! By far the best way I have found to introduce a blowing instrument. I think the pennywhistle is a great little piece - it is important for us to remember that Rudolf Steiner never actually said it has to be a recorder! My daughter plays both and the two instruments are easily interchangeable in my opinion.
I think this is great no matter what your child's age but especially helpful for parents who are beginners. ~Melisa Nielsen
Meet Jodie Mesler Your Music Teacher
Jodie Mesler has a background in music performance and composition; as well as in early childhood education. She has been teaching music for 25 years in Georgia. She teaches private flute and piano lessons, teaches parents at homeschool workshops and she has several families taking music lessons with her online each week. She is also a multi-instrumentalist, performer and songwriter.