For music teacher and performer Jeanie Bratschie, it’s all about sharing her love of music with children.
Bratschie, who performs under the name Jeanie B., will host two shows on June 6, at 4 p.m. at the Dunlap Branch and at 6 p.m. downtown.
Bratschie said she has been performing since she was 15 years old and became a children’s performer in 2003.
“I fell in love with the whole concept and the first time I performed for a class I said ‘this is it, this is the job for me,'” she said.
Bratschie said that the excitement and energy from her audiences is her favorite part of performing.
“I love the smiles on the kids faces and I love the pure joy that I elicit from children,” she said.
“I love the part of engaging children with music and teaching kids through music.”
She said she spends the school year teaching music in Evanston, Ill. as well as working at inner city Chicago schools to bring music education to schools without music programs. Bratschie said she is currently working inside of five schools.
During the summers she hits the road and performs at libraries and schools.
“My library show will often have songs about reading and interactive songs about books and reading,” Bratschie said.
“I try to entertain and educate while letting children have lots of fun and interact with the music.”
She said that she keeps her shows high-energy by making them as interactive as possible, with lots of movement and participation.
“It’s all interactive music, there’s very little sitting and listening to music, I like to keep kids moving,” she said.
Bratschie said that she has a new album out called “I Love Music.” For more information visit her website www.jeaniebmusic.com.