Tamsen Fynn

Posted by Lina Raffaelli on November 7, 2013 1:39 PM

Tamsen Fynn at the micTamsen Fynn attended Smith College in Massachusetts, where she studied psychology with a minor in gender studies. In 1994 she graduated and moved to the west coast, settling in the Bay Area where she's now lived for almost twenty years.

She chose a career in Early Childhood Education because she's always loved working with very young children. She's particularly fascinated by the development that occurs between birth and three years old, and has focused on working singularly with this age group. As a singer and musician, Tamsen has combined her passions to teach early childhood musical education.

Primarily, she sings children's folk songs, adapting them to each lesson plan, while using children's ideas to direct the play during music. She also integrates movement and music, to help internalize rhythm and sound at a young age. Lastly, she uses the children's names in as many songs as possible, conveying to children their value and worth in the community of music makers.

Tamsen intends to continue teaching music in early childhood programs while refining her approach, branching out into developing educational materials, and writing about early childhood music philosophies.