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About Musical Moments and Nancy Nelle


I have been influenced by music in various ways throughout my life, although I can admit that for most of the time, I took it for granted. I can vividly remember my Kindergarten teacher singing while playing her guitar. My Dad used to sing little songs when we did the dishes together after dinner. My Mom used to play her records of Show Tunes or Classical music, and I am now singing again some of the songs I learned in Brownies. In elementary school, we had music every day in the classroom, and singing just became natural. I was singing in choirs from sixth grade through high school. When I hear some of the songs today, I can immediately remember them, and the wonderful feeling I got from singing with those groups of friends.


I remember listening to grandparents at holiday time lead us in funny old songs, that seemed so removed from current musical trends. Yet now, would give anything to be able to hear those voices again.

When my children were small, they used to sing for their grandparents. At bedtime, I would sing lullabies to help them drift off to sleep. On family trips, we all would sing in the car. Just within the last ten years, I have come back around to singing and playing guitar. I also have been singing in several community choral groups. So indeed, it is never too late to enjoy singing and making music. When I decided to get back into teaching pre-school, after having supported my two children through to their adulthood, I remembered how important and fun music is for that age group. Certainly, music can add to the many levels of learning that take place, but more importantly it plays such an important role in a social way, as well as an emotional way. All generations within families can still enjoy making music together, and building wonderful memories along the way. So just when you think music is just … music, think back to some of your fondest, most joyful moments and I’ll bet they are musical ones.

I am enjoying the opportunity to bring real music making back into the community and look forward to sharing the wonder, surprise, and joy of music with you and your children.

All generations within families can still enjoy making music together, and building wonderful memories along the way.

Nancy Nelle Musical Moments with Nancy

More About Nancy: Background

Education and Training

  • UC Davis, B.S., Home Economics with Child Development Focus
  • American River College; Early Childhood Education, Master Teacher Certificate/music focus
  • State of California Child Development Master Teacher credential
  • Royal Conservatory of Music; Toronto, Canada, Music in Early Childhood curriculum
  • Hart School of Music, Dr. John Feierabend, Director, First Steps in Music curriculum
  • Music for Healing and Transition Program, Music Practitioner Certification
  • The Richard's Institute of Education Through Music
  • The Center for Music and Young Children

Professional Membership

  • NAEYC/CAEYC (National Association for Education of the Young Child, and California)
  • Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, Level 2 certification
  • National Association for Music Education
  • California Association for Music Education
  • Music Partners In Healthcare

Community Membership

  • U.C. Davis, Alumni Chorus
  • Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, Alumni


Community Involvement

  • Children’s Museum of Sonoma County; Music and Movement Specialist  (current)
  • Kaiser Med Center Roseville; Healing Music Program-PICU and Pediatrics Unit (2009-2014)
  • Davis ArtsPlay: a community based children's arts program; Davis Community Church outreach. (2011-2012)