Meet Jenny Azima Kuykendall- Music and Movement Teacher
Jenny introduced herself to us at the Tree as a children’s music and movement teacher, looking for a new home for her class. Just before Thanksgiving I got a chance to sit in on a session and watch her in action. I was drawn to her relaxed, inclusive approach with kids, and it was easy to clap and hum along. Her style was a perfect match for The Learning Tree.
When she said “YES” to a set of 4 Thursday morning classes for our little customers at Corinth starting February 4th at 10:30am, I wanted to get to know her a bit better and share her answers with you.
Jane Girson: What led you to working with kids?
Jenny: I grew up in K.C. and went to college in Boston. I’ve played many instruments. I sang in jazz and acappella groups and have performed in bands throughout my life. I’ve taught children’s theater in Memphis and Miami. I was trained to teach Music Together, a program developed by Princeton University.
Jane: What are your thoughts on the importance of music for children?
Jenny: I love to listen to music, make music, dance to music, and love to share my passion for music with children. Children are innately born musical and just need to have the right stimulus to continue their musicality. Having music in your life is wonderful! My class is a great way to bond with your child, as well as letting your inner child come out and play.
Jane: You are clearly passionate about music – what else makes you smile?
Jenny: My husband, Sam, and I have two children, Finn (8) and Iselle (3). We also have quite a menagerie at home: 5 chickens, 2 guinea pigs, a Bernese Mountain dog, one frog, two fish, and a hermit crab. I love to be with my family, drink coffee, ride bikes, make art projects, go on adventures, and read.
Jenny’s first class is February 4th at The Learning Tree in Corinth Square. We hope to see you there for a fun and lively morning of music, dancing, clapping and fun. Each 30 minute class is $5. For more info call 913-385-1234.