About the Founders

Untitled.pngLet’s Play Music  was founded by Shelle Soelberg in 1998.  While studying Music Education at Brigham Young University, Shelle thrilled at the teaching philosophies of early music educators. The ideas of Curwen, Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze sounded so appealing and accurate and she longed to make them part of her teaching.

After graduating with a BA in Music Education, Shelle taught voice and piano lessons in her private studio for 9 years.  In 1997, with a 3 and a 1 year old, she began looking for a curriculum that contained the philosophies and methods she had learned while in college but there was not one that she felt taught music in the ‘right way’.  She began constructing her own curriculum which incorporates solfeg, ear training, piano skills, note reading, and classical music study in a playful class setting and taught the first Let’s Play Music classes, with her 4 year old daughter Sydney, in 1998.

As the popularity of Let’s Play Music grew, Shelle could not handle the demands of all the classes so in 2000 she and Amberlee Moffett began training other teachers to teach the Let’s Play Music method.  By 2007 there were over 50 teachers and Shelle hired Teacher Advisors Julie Fischbeck, Marci Flowers and Jenny Smith to help train and mentor new teachers.  They continued to build the business together and by 2011 when it had grown to 250 teachers, her husband, Dave joined the company to run the executive and operations sides of the business.

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Dave and Shelle Soelberg

In 2012, the Sound Beginnings curriculum, developed by Raya Leavitt, was introduced as part of the Let’s Play Music programs and over 50 teachers across the country brought education through musical play to their communities.  In 2015, Heather Prusse joined the company as the Sound Beginnings manager and has now created new semesters and revised the curriculum first introduced by Raya.

Our Presto story began in 2015, when Annalee Dinkel approached the company with her idea to create a Let’s Play Music curriculum for the older beginner who had missed starting at age 4-5 that Let’s Play Music requires.  This program was tested and piloted in 2016 and 2017 and released for teachers to begin teaching it in the fall of 2018.

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Let’s Play Music Teacher Support Staff

Shelle and Dave now enjoying working together along with Teacher Training Staff: Julie Fischbeck, Jenny Smith, Melissa Lunt, Heather Prusse, and Symone Lund.  There are now over 400 teachers and 11,000 students nationwide. They have enjoyed seeing each of their 5 children, Sydney, Jess, Jake, Josh and Sadie, develop into musicians through the Let’s Play Music programs and now have one grand-daughter in the Sound Beginnings classes!  They work and live in Mesa, AZ and operate the business with sincere hope that it will be used to bring the joy of music into the lives of children and families, and that it will provide a fulfilling financial opportunity for teachers.

 

 

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