How Did My 7-Year-Old Students Learn Spontaneous Composition?

Eric Rasmussen

Since the fall of 2000, Dr. Rasmussen has served as chair of the Early Childhood Music Department at the Peabody Preparatory of Johns Hopkins University where he teaches a specialized music curriculum for babies through to 9-year-old children. Dr. Rasmussen also serves as the “musical foundations” teacher for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s outreach program called OrchKids, a program for PreK through 5th grade children fashioned after “El Sistema.” Dr. Rasmussen has specialized in early childhood and elementary general music classes for the past seventeen years, but first began his teaching career teaching instrumental music and band in 1984. He has played trumpet professionally in a Dixieland jazz group for over fifteen years.

Dr. Rasmussen just founded a company, TeachMusicToKids, LLC, and is releasing a tonal and rhythm pattern-learning app for iOS this fall. Get on the ground floor of this cutting edge music technology by visiting

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  1. September 5, 2014

    […] ways to teach beginning improvisation as there are ways to improvise, but I’ll take a page out of Eric Rasmussen’s book and share the steps I […]

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