Henry VIII of England and Music

Henry VIII was a patron of the arts and music, which is often over-shadowed because of all the other things for which he’s known. He was a skilled musician and had been well educated in many subjects.┬áHe reportedly had a pleasant voice, and would sing regularly, and the ability to play musical instruments and knowledge of the latest dances were important skills in the royal court. Music was taught in schools and universities during the Tudor period, and Henry so loved music that he made his court into a center…

Fun Musical Activity pages

It’s just not enough to play and read music, you need to have fun with it too! I’ve put together a few pages, with more to come – here’s a sampling! Your budding musician can draw a self-portrait – complete with recorder! Or maybe even fill in the missing letter using the note names, to really challenge their reading skills!     Whatever you’re looking for in your music education, we want to help!

Let Yourself be a Beginner!

The single biggest obstacle to parents who are considering music for their kids is often not money. There are multiple avenues to introducing children to music, so that really isn’t a reason. It’s typically fear of looking like a beginner, because they don’t know anything about music. For some reason we feel that because we’re adults, we should be able to do anything, skipping the necessary “beginner” phase. We are almost neurotic about it! Everybody knows that since one person can’t possibly know everything, there logically will be things they…

Learn to Read Music!

I know, music has become this big “mystery language” that has people thinking that they can’t possibly learn without spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on private lessons. But nothing can be further from the truth! Learning to read music is as easy as A, B, C, because you see, music uses some of the letters in the alphabet. Even if you’ve never read music before, chances are pretty good that you’ve heard someone talk about that darn C-sharp that just gives them trouble. The first thing you need to…

Having trouble identifying particular notes?

Most children go through this from time to time. A fun little game I play with them is something I like to call, “Find the Note”. So the name isn’t terribly creative, but the activity is very effective! Have a sheet of music in front of you and your kids, whichever song you are currently working on is fine. Decide which note you are going to identify and get ready. You will run your finger along the line or space where the note appears and ask your child to stay…