Living Music in the Home is a Waldorf-inspired resource for parents and teachers who wish to share the joy of music with their children and students, and provides musical training for adults so they can create living music in their homes and classrooms.
Michelle and Dan Prindle founded Living Music in the Home in 2014 to help teachers and homeschooling parents bring living music into their homes and classrooms. The couple met in high school and their relationship was musical from the very beginning. They were cast opposite each other in the school production of Fiddler on the Roof as Motel and Tzeitel (who get married in the show). Their lifelong love of music eventually found a counterpart in a love of Waldorf Education. Living Music in the Home brings these passions together, creating a program that is deeply rooted in a rich musical tradition and a wealth of experience in education. Between them, the couple has a combined 58 years of musical training, a combined 30 years of educational experience, two Bachelor’s degrees in music, a Waldorf early-childhood certification, and a Music Theory Master’s degree with a Ph.D. on the way. Their passion is bringing music to children, especially their three little ones, who are all under the age of seven.
Living Music in the Home aims to push back against a growing challenge in modern society: the reduction of music education in our schools. Michelle, in her Waldorf teacher training, noticed the dissonance between the robust nature of the Waldorf music curriculum and the sometimes insufficient musical training many educators received growing up. As music education wains in schools, children grow into adults who are less comfortable with music and less comfortable passing it on. But what began as discouragement quickly gave way to inspiration. Living Music in the Home aims to put us all back on the right path, bringing musical training to parents and educators who will in turn feel confident bringing music to their children and students.
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” -Plato
“Schopenhauer assigned the central position among the arts to music, and he said that in music man perceives the heartbeat of the will of the world.” – Rudolf Steiner, The Inner Nature of Music, Lecture I
“Music … is nature’s direct expression. … The musician thus stands closer to the heart of the world than all other artists; in him lives the faculty of representing the world will. Music is the expression of the will of nature, while all the other arts are expressions of the idea of nature.” – Rudolf Steiner, The Inner Nature of Music, Lecture II