Jackie Jacobs | CT Member Spotlight
1. What is the name of your business and can you tell us a little bit more about it?
Music Together of Fairfield County. It’s an Early Childhood music and movement program. I’m very proud to have been in business for 25 yrs and have had over 55, 000 families in my program! Music Together is the worldwide pioneer and leader in the field of music development for young children. Our research based program is regarded as the gold standard by early childhood educators and researchers
2. What has been your biggest win as an entrepreneur thus far?
I’m proud of having served so many families in my regular classes. But I think I’m most proud of the outreach work we’ve done in Bridgeport for the last 11 years, bringing the program for free to children in school as well as the birth to three population in the most underserved areas of the city. I know we’ve changed the lives of parents and children through the joy of music making and I’m very grateful to do work that I’m passionate about that can have such a positive impact
3. Where do you find daily motivation and inspiration?
Of course the children in our classes are the greatest treasure; each of them has something to share and to help me learn how to be a better person and teacher. They are endlessly creative and force me to figure out new ways to teach all the time. And my own family- my husband and my two amazing children are always there, supporting me and helping me grow. I am so fortunate to be able to sing and dance with children for a living and to share the gift of music with everyone I meet.
4. What is the best piece of advice you have received and who was it from?
“Love them into it” - This advice came from a dear Music Together colleague who recently passed away. She was talking about how we should work with the parents in our classes who might not be comfortable with being a music making model for their children. I try to take that advice into every encounter I have with parents and caregivers, whether it’s on the phone , via email or text or in person. Everyone deserves to be loved and to discover how music can make your life as a parent so much easier and happier!
5. What is your morning routine?
I start my day with green juice and my Buddhist chanting! The green juice helps me stay healthy and keeps my vocal cords clear of gunk; it’s not easy to sing at 9:30 am, believe me! And my chanting helps me focus and determine how I want to be as a person throughout the day and how I can encourage others to be happy. I’m also a fitness fanatic but that doesn’t always happen in the morning!
6. What is your favorite podcast?
I’m not really into podcasts to be honest. But maybe the “Mom is in Control “ podcast, if I had to name one.
7. Something that most people wouldn’t know about you:
I am a former professional dancer who took up ice dancing as a hobby ten years ago and competed as an adult. If you look closely you might see me bundled up at a local rink skating around. I also have perfect pitch - my fellow Music Together director’s call me the “ pitch police” . It’s a term of endearment I hope!
8. If you could go back to when you started your company what would you say to yourself?
Breathe, take some time off and rest when you need to , and don’t forget to stand back and acknowledge the work that you’ve done . That’s the hardest thing - to own your accomplishments , not in an egotistical way but to help empower you to help others.