Jojo's Songs for Growing Up!
Put Music in Charge! Songs to Enhance Early Child Development composed and performed by Joan King Holtzman singer and pianist A young Philadelphia psychologist, father of a son and daughter, writes: 'It may surprise you to know that after having heard your songs many, many times, we all still choose to listen to JoJo whenever we take trips in our car.' Have you ever tried to change a young child's behavior by singing to him or her? Music is magic, and it can accomplish wondrous things. How many times have you heard an angry child yelling 'NO! NO! NO!' in a supermarket or restaurant? At such times, the embarrassed parent, attempting to restore a sense of order, might try to be firm and may say something like: "Stop that this minute! If you don't stop yelling, I'm really going to give you something to cry about!" This approach, of course, brings about only more noise and disruption. "WHY can't I have the candy?" 'Because I said so. Now keep quiet!" "NO! NO! NO-O-O-O!" And chaos ensues. How about giving MUSIC a chance to solve this problem? It's easy, and it's fun. Go up to the child and sing The No Song, smiling as you sing it. The child will look at you strangely at first, then will stop crying and probably join in and sing the final 'NO!' all by himself. The words of the song are simple: No! No! I said 'NO!' Absolutely, positively N - 0, NO! I'm two! I'm two! I know what to do! No matter what you say to me, I'll just say 'NO.' No matter what you say to me, I'll just....say....NO!' I have had great success with this approach on a number of occasions, always with children I had not previously met. And, of course, The No Song can be a great help to teachers in classrooms, whenever a 'No' episode erupts. First, the teacher sings the song to the disruptive child as the others observe. Next, he or she teaches the song to all the children, telling them that probably most of them yelled 'No' from time to time when they were younger, before they started to 'grow up.' They will get the idea that it is more grown up' not to yell 'No,' and will learn to help keep order in the classroom by putting music in charge. This technique shows the child that you really know how he feels, and gives him a chance to laugh at himself. A light touch, with a twinkle in your eye, mixed with a bit of music can solve all sorts of problems. At Northwestern University, Joan sang with the Women's Glee Club, was elected to Mortar Board and Junior Council, served as president of the YWCA, and was a regular pianist for many sing-a-longs. She performed for USO shows and played a piano at Great Lakes Naval Hospital. She received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education in June 1947. After marrying Wayne Holtzman, the newlyweds went to Stanford University on scholarships where Joan was elected to Pi Lambda Theta Honorary. She was awarded an MEd degree in August 1948. Her thesis was based on poetry and music for young children. In 1949, they moved to Austin, Texas, where Joan joined the Mortar Board Alumnae Group, later serving as advisor to the chapter at the University of Texas. Elected to the Junior League of Austin in 1958, she acted in Children's Theater, gave art lectures in schools, worked with children for Travis County Court. She provided songs and musical games for children at the Cerebral Palsy Center and for mental patients at the Austin State Hospital for 16 years. Joan was a charter member of the Women's Symphony League of Austin, serving as it's president in 1958-59. She continues to serve as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Austin Symphony Orchestra Society, having first been elected in 1967. In 1984, she composed melodies to Anne Durrum Robinson's clever rhymes about instruments in the orchestra, resulting in a new publication of Symphony for Simple Simon by the Women's Symphony League. The book and tape have won several awards, including the Award of Excellence from the American Symphony Orchestra League. Joan still sings with the Simple Simon Singers in elementary schools.