Introducing our Cast of Puppet Characters
Our puppet characters are great at engaging children and they help us teach valuable communication strategies. The children really listen and focus on what the puppets say and how they interact. Teachers and parents alike tell us how the students practice the vocabulary and strategies long after the lessons have been taught. Adults like Spunky too! See the video.
Joni DeGabriele (Mrs. D) makes the Musical Moments programs sing by using puppet characters that dance, fly, and cry… and that’s just for starters!
Led by educator and performing artist Joni DeGabriele, Musical Moments combines over 20 years of teaching experience by applying a new social-emotional music curriculum. Only Musical Moments provides this unique music curriculum in their lessons.
Spunky leads us in a fun and engaging way
Spunky helps me introduce each lesson. He might be feeling grumpy or curious, shy or left out. The children learn ways to move through those feelings by seeing how Spunky manages his emotions. He’s very good at teaching the calming breath!
Eldon is quiet and shy and is learning to fly
He’s an eaglet who is learning to fly with help and encouragement from the children. He loves the song “Wings of an Eagle” and enjoys listening to children sing, sing, SING! During the song, the children become the puppeteer and help him fly around the room.
Gus keeps children engaged with rhythm and rhyme
Gus loves rhythm and rhyme and tries to rhyme all the time! He enjoys teaching lyrics to songs by asking the children to echo him. He likes to play with sounds and words and make up silly rhymes to go with the children’s names. Gus, Gus….Come out and talk to us!
Zwinkle! helps children find their singing voice
Zwinkle! can only hear children if they SING to her. She is sensitive and kind and helps teach tolerance for others. This is one of her strengths. She celebrates that we are all unique and have our own little light to shine!