About Us

Heidi Butkus – The Heart Behind HeidiSongs
Passionate Educator, Innovator, and Creator

HeidiSongs emerged from the creative mind of Heidi Butkus, a seasoned educator with a rich background in Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and early primary education in California since 1985. Heidi’s unique teaching philosophy blends comprehensive brain research with her extensive classroom experience, resulting in innovative, fun, and effective teaching strategies suitable for a broad spectrum of learners.

Heidi, a credentialed teacher with over three decades of teaching experience, is also a Reading Specialist, accomplished author, prolific songwriter, and a sought-after staff development trainer. Her repertoire includes over 500 songs that resonate in classrooms globally, enhancing the educational experience for both teachers and students.

The inception of Heidi’s educational journey into publishing began with her enthusiastic participation at the California Kindergarten Conference in 2005, encouraged by fellow educators. The overwhelming positive feedback propelled her to launch her first music CD, “Jumpin’ Numbers and Shakin’ Shapes!” HeidiSongs has since evolved into a comprehensive array of educational products, including Online Streaming, CDs & DVDs, books, and numerous teaching resources, all accessible through the HeidiSongs website.

As HeidiSongs’ popularity soared, Heidi expanded her vision to include teacher training programs and keynote presentations at educational conferences nationwide, thereby influencing the landscape of early childhood education with her innovative approaches.

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Research Specific to HeidiSongs

Music and Movement: Effect on Kindergarten Sight Word Recognition for Struggling Readers  Kathy Hoyt, 2014

Kindergarten Sight Word Acquisition Abstract
Angelle N. Baladad, July 2007

The Impact of Music and Movement on Kindergarten Sight Word Achievement
Laura K. Brown 2013

Using Music and Movement to Teach Phonics
Lorene Fullmer, 2014


Additional Research Links

The Power of Movement in Teaching and Learning
Susan Griss – Education Week – Published Online: March 20, 2013

A Child’s Brain Develops Faster with Exposure to Music Education
By Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at the University of Southern California

Singing to children may help development of language skills
Amelia Hill – guardian.co.uk, Sunday 8 May 2011 14.44 EDT

Rhymes ‘boost child development’
Beverley Hughes, British Minister for Families and Children

Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class
Donna De La Cruz, New York Times Online

Rhythm and Music Help Math Students
Sophie Bushwick, www.scientific american.com/podcast

How Music Affects Developing Brains & Why it’s Important to Teach!
Sophie Bushwick, www.scientific american.com/podcast