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August 2012
August 31, 2012

Music for Special Event: Solo Violin

What to do if you’re having a wedding and don’t have an organ, piano, or someone to play?  A dear gal I know was in this quandry, and she expressed her anxiety over this to me.  I had already attended a small, lovely wedding which was accompanied by violin, and with my husband having been […]

August 26, 2012

Children’s Music Activity: Having Fun on Old MacDonald’s Farm!

Just about everybody knows Old MacDonald!  Here are some fun ways to you to sing it! At the same time you’re training your children to listen closely. Listen to Ladysmith Black Mombaso sing “Old MacDonald” Zulu style to get ideas for animal sounds.  Enjoy the lovely harmonies!   Now sing the first verse all together!  […]

August 22, 2012

How We Listen….

“In a certain sense we all listen to music on three separate planes.  For a lack of a better terminology, one might mean these:  (1) the sensuous plane, (2) the expressive plane, (3) the sheerly musical plane… the simplest way of listening to music is to listen for the sheer pleasure of the musical sound […]

August 18, 2012

Hand-Clapping Songs Improve Motor and Cognitive Skills, Research Shows

  Do you remember doing those hand clapping chants in the school yard when you were little?  Who knew that they were so significant in a developing a child’s motor and cognitive skills?  In light of the Brain Gym activities which I periodically use with my students, this makes sense.   Hand Clapping Songs Improve […]

August 15, 2012

A Quick Spot of Tea: Tallis’ Heavenly Music and Scripture

Grab a cup of tea and a little snack, sit down, and refresh yourself with soothing music and enriching words.   *Follow the link to: Variations on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, Tallis Fantasia   Setting of Psalm 63  O Lord, my God, most earnestly I seek your holy face Within Your house again to […]

August 8, 2012

Music and Tea Party!

Today we had fun sharing our music together, and then had a tea party!  My students played their favorite current pieces for one another. With each I gave commentary, whether explaining a folk song’s origin, the story behind the composer writing the composition, or discussing the mood of a piece. We even joined one of the young pianists by accompanying her with […]

August 8, 2012

Children’s Music Activity: Can Everybody Sing These Songs?

Can everybody in your family sing the following songs? Mary had a little lamb Row, Row, Row Your Boat Eitsy Bitsy Spider Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star These are simply the beginning of the core songs for your child to know.  Think of it as having them learning how to identify their basic colors: red, blue, […]

August 3, 2012

Hostess Bloopers

Nancy Wilson has been such a wonderful blessing in our daughter’s life!  While Heather was going to school in Moscow, Idaho, she benefitted from Nancy’s teaching and took every opportunity to attend her Bible studies.   I’ve appreciated her godly wisdom and down to earth practicality passed on to me through my Heather and also through her […]