Parents’ Stories & Testimonials

Julie, thank you so much for the wonderful new ideas that I can implement into my teaching practice. The three workshops that I attended were informative and so much fun! The workshops are a must for all ECE teachers!

Our Fendalton Playcentre tamariki just love music!

Kate Coffey

Please join us in congratulating Julie Wylie on the honour of being made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) this year in the Queens Birthday Honours list.

Julie “founded the New Zealand Musical Parenting Association 22 years ago. She is the founder of the music programme and senior music specialist at the Champion Centre for children with special needs at Burwood Hospital, Christchurch. She has presented music workshops and papers internationally in China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Australia, the United Kingdom, Lithuania, Estonia, and Finland. She has received awards for her music leadership and international awards for her music resources. She runs her own music school, Julie Wylie Musical Play, for mothers and young children from babies up to eight years. She is a director for an international online training programme in Musical Play and Play Therapy. In 2006 she was instrumental in developing the Diploma in Early Childhood Music with the Institute of Registered Music Teachers New Zealand. Mrs Wylie has been a member of a number of organisations including the Society of Music Education, the New Zealand Society of Music Therapy, and an examiner for Registered Music Teachers New Zealand.”

The Champion Centre

We recently had Sarah, from Julie Wylie Music come to run a wee music session at my daughter’s second birthday party. Zahara beamed from start to finish at the incredibly engaging songs and activities Sarah had them do. All of her wee friend’s Mums have since come back to me to tell me it made them realise how much their child loved music. I was moved to see how much my daughter loved her music party, and I loved being able to join in with her. I would thoroughly recommend Sarah to anyone in the future. Thank you, from Us.

Aeronwy Cording, Parent

Thank you for your wonderful presentation at the IRMTNZ conference Julie. I had so many comments about how inspiring your session was.

Katherine Jones, President of Canterbury Branch, Institute of Registered Music Teachers of New Zealand IRMTNZ

Thanks so much for all your knowledge, talent and passion you have shared with our team and children inspiring them to a new level. We are seeing the benefits of musical play on a daily basis. We are fortunate to have you here. Love from the team at the James St. Pre School and Nursery.

James St Pre School

The Early Learning Centre staff that we present workshops to, are loving your CDs and they give us wonderful feedback on how much the children love them. All the best for your continued work in the field of Early Childhood music.

Rose Bloom and Jill Holland, Musical Moments (Sydney, Australia)

 Thank you very much to offer a wonderful music workshop for Chinese ECE educators in Auckland. We have learnt so much music teaching ideas for babies, toddlers, over 3 and special needs children. Most importantly, we learnt the ways that how you communicate and interact with children at different age groups in the music activities. I was hoping I could be a professional ECE music teacher like you and help many young children to build their musicality at the beginning of their life.

非常感谢Julie Wylie能为我们奥克兰华人幼教老师带来这场精彩的幼儿早教音乐培训课。在您的课堂上,我们学到了如何与不同年龄组的小朋友交流,并开展音乐活动。作为我个人来讲,我希望我也能成为向您一样的优秀的早教音乐教师。我希望在我的教育职业生涯中,通过我的努力,能帮助更多的小朋友在少儿时期对音乐产生兴趣,并在幼儿园里学习到基础的音乐知识与技能。

Yona Yang Li, Scribbles Early Education Centre (Auckland)

Dear Julie.

My name is Xiaolei Gong. I am a student teacher and I attended your music training course in Auckland on Saturday 14th May, I absolutely adore you.

That training helps me gain the knowledge about how wonderful music is, and introduces some ideas on helping and supporting children who have Autism.

I tried the parachute at my mat time with the children, playing the “Up and Down and Around and Around” song track 16 from your CD “MAGICAL MUSICAL PLAY” and they love it!!! I now believe music can help them to calm down.

BIG THANKS

Xiaolei Gong, Student Teacher

Hi Julie, I attended your workshop in Auckland on Saturday. Just want to let you know it’s awesome and very practical. Thanks. I will definitely try what I learned from you with my pre-schoolers. I hope there are many more workshops to come. As I said to you before, you are truly amazing! To have such passion for what you are doing at your age is just so inspiring! Thanks Julie for an awesome workshop Xo

Jessie Lin

Yesterday’s workshop (The Art of Musical Play : A Summer Workshop) was a stunning time of exploring art and music through play. The day was infused with sheer joy and creativity, a refreshing reminder of the value of expressive play for adults and children alike. Julie Wylie is such an inspiration in her vast knowledge and the beautiful way she shares her love for music and people.

The perfect setting for a Summer Art Music Workshop.

Painting to "We are making music together" using long toi toi fronds.

Sam Gauntlett

Congratulations dear Julie on 25 years of your music. I feel very privileged along with many, many people who have been blessed by your beautiful music, your knowledge and your big heart. All the best for a happy celebration today. I’m sure you are so proud of your achievements. Sending all my love.

Jo Steele (composer, musician) Sydney, Australia.

What an amazing achievement Julie!!!  We love and endorse your music constantly. You bring so much brilliance and love to children, families and educators. Thank you for your inspiration, music and friendship! Congratulations on your 25 years Celebration.

Kaija Upenieks. www.liferhythmsmusic.com Australia

Great news, I already had some bean bag frogs so I tried out the Bean Bag Frog Song on Monday with great interactive results. So simple and effective. I sang it a-cappella like on the CD breaking it down nice and slow – all the kids and parents were right into it and straight away the kids the kids starting singing along with me. They also decided to make up their own ideas for what the frogs could do. Precious little minds at work…my favourite was balancing your frog on top of your head and now get ready to drop!

Thanks again and I really hope I also get to meet you one day.

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Melanie Maslin, Baby Love Music Fun, Australia

Dearest Julie, Today you are celebrating 25 years of Julie Wylie Music in the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral with a Christmas Concert for Early Childhood. Even though we are in Canberra, Australia I want to acknowledge the profound influence your work has had on our work. Every time I go into an early childhood setting there you are on my shoulder as a major mentor, smiling that beaming smile and advocating on behalf of following the child and play-based learning, moment by moment making magical, musical connections. Spending time with you in the Champion Centre some time ago observing your work was a huge privilege. Hearing you articulate the basis of your own philosophy, your own story, your understanding of neuroscience and music, and your passion for music-making has been nothing short of inspiring. We stand on your shoulders to share the gift of music with many other children and their families here in Canberra. Today we honour your enormous contribution and carry your energy in our hearts and into every musical interaction. I hope today many other also acknowledge your enormous contribution in the field of early childhood musical play and music therapy.

Love, Emma & all at Rocking Horse Music, Canberra, Australia xxxxxxxxxxxx

Rocking Horse Music, Canberra, Australia

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Thank you for this morning’s celebration. (25 Years of Julie Wylie Music) I was all choked up when you held the parachute with us!

It was amazing to see so many people we know and your music holding it all together. You are an amazing blessing to our city and our children.

May God richly bless you.

The Holcroft Family

Thank you so much for the amazing workshop you ran. I have heard so much positive feedback from it. I know the educators have been very inspired and motivated form what they gleaned from you. I was so sad to not have been able to make it myself.

Thank you so much Julie.

Collette Jenman, Barnardos Invercargill

Yes, Yes, Yes! wise words from a master specialist in the field of early childhood music, Julie Wylie. Head on over to her page for much more inspiration and musical goodness R xx

Rebecca Jane, Musical Experiences Australia

Thank you Julie for a fun, engaging and inspiring Music workshop. It was fantastic to have you down in Queenstown. All our Educators enjoyed the workshop and have gained and developed their confidence in Music and how to implement it into their daily programmes with their children in their care.  We look forward to having you back down here again next year. Many thanks.

Pip, Educarents Queenstown

Tonight I had the absolute joy of going to one of Julie‘s musical play workshops. SUCH a privilege to be able to soak up some of this wonderful lady’s immense knowledge and experience and to be inspired by her beautiful heart for children and passion for music. For anyone who has or works with children, get along to her next workshop or check out her website.

Sam Gauntlett