Inspiring Schools to Add Music Instruction

I had the pleasure of meeting the mom of a new student yesterday, she is passionate about music and its benefits. We had a fantastic conversation about music in school, and how her son’s school only gives the strings players 30 minutes of instruction per week. Obviously, I was flabbergasted! Many of you know that I play viola and violin along with the soprano and alto recorders. When I hear the stories about how music programs have been gutted in schools, it is heartbreaking for me. I started the kindergarten…

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Music and Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time for family, so it is also follows that music should come as a natural part of the festivities. Whether you listen to your favorite music while you enjoy the company of your loved ones or decide to make music together, music is intrinsic to our society. As early as 1633, colony inventories listing various musical instruments including the recorder. Music, and worship including music, helped carry early settlers through the harsh winters and brighten the dreary days. The music the settlers brought with them…

Rhythm and Babies

So maybe your kids are just a little too young for handling a recorder, but you still want to try some music with them. Try playing little games with them. Under about 4-5, and almost all their learning really should be through play, and even after that it should be fun. You can use baby rattles or egg shakers like these ones available from Amazon. You could even make your own tambourines. That’s right! I found this little gem on BusyBeeKidsCrafts.com. They did a fantastic job in explaining everything. So…

Podcast Anyone?

My husband recently pointed out to me, that I need to do a podcast. He says I seem to have all these little stories about music and the people that make it fun. A podcast would also make it easy for my readers to keep up with things, and help keep them motivated in teaching their kids music. So a podcast is in the works! I’ll be working out the first few episodes during the next few weeks, and plan to have the first one finished in the early part…