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…

FREE Today Only!

I understand – it’s hard to part with your hard earned money when the author is new, the subject new to you and you just aren’t sure if it’s for you. So it’s with you in mind that I’m offering Teach Your Kids Music in 12 Weeks FREE on Amazon’s Kindle, just for today though. So hurry before the deal ends! You can get the full kindle version today for free. If a paperback appeals to you as much as it does to me, you can also purchase that for…

Music Therapy Important for Kids with Language Impairments?

You know, it just doesn’t cease to amaze me how many benefits music has. But there’s just one more study showing that it improves the ability to segment speech. This is the ability to identify and separate the sounds and syllables of the words in a language, and to pull those sounds out of a continuous speech. Without this ability, kids are far more likely to have difficulty reading and writing. In a recent study that showed musicians having a stronger ability to discern speech patterns in a new language,…

Octave Octopus

Sometimes I do silly things to help kids remember what is what in music. Ok, so it’s more than sometimes – I do have to be part dancing clown along with the music teacher package. So I tell kids that an octave has 8 notes in it, just like an octopus has 8 legs! The octave octopus idea has evolved to the point where I think he needs his own coloring page. I took the liberty of coloring in the eyes, but I think he needs a bow tie and…

Book Cover Design

I thought I’d update everyone on the progress – we are working on book cover designs. Wow! What a hair-pulling experience – it’s so important, and so difficult. Below is one idea – I think I like the basics, I’ll need to add a few music-making pictures to it to really make me fall in love with it though. 🙂