Sing a song with 'Bluebird'

Some entrepreneurs might say they took the name for their business right out of the air. When Carol Bryant says this, she really means it.

Bryant was taking her dog for a walk near her home on Meadow Lane in Elbridge, pondering what to call her business, when a bluebird, "not a Blue Jay, either," flew right in front of her.

And so, because Songbird Music Together was already taken, Bluebird Music Together was born.

Bryant brings a lifetime of music to her chapter of Music Together, theinternationally recognized research-based program meant to encourage adults to make music with their young children. A graduate of Crane School of Music, Bryant taught music at Jordan-Elbridge and Westhill for 13 years combined before holding arts and non-profit management positions with the Syracuse Symphony, Syracuse Children's Chorus, Skaneateles Festival and, most recently, the Jowonio School.

While Bryant's experience in business prepared her to start one of her own, she never considered herself an entrepreneur.

"But when I learned about this particular program, Music Together, I was so excited about it and I knew this was what I wanted to do," she said.

Bryant was introduced to the program by one of her co-workers at the Jowonio School, Emily Barrett, who instructs classes at Green Lakes Music Together.

"I went and observed some of her classes and was just blown away," she said. "I thought it was an amazing program for young kids in music."

The program is designed for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners and their parents.

Bryant shared some surprising figures from a study done by Music Together around 10 years ago. She said the study found that "most American parents today literally knew no more than five songs they could actively sing with their children."

First on the list was "Happy Birthday." Another song was "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer."

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