Bake these fun cookies together! If your children are too young to help you measure out the ingredients, they can certainly help stir the dry ingredients. Once you have your cookie dough readied, place in the fridge until they’ve finished their math lesson or completed another important task. Then roll out, shape, and bake! […]
Practice hard parts longer. You have to practice longer on things that you can’t play. You know, you’re around the house or at school and you want to show off. You want everybody to be proud of you, so naturally you’re going to play whatever you can play. Generally, that will be the easier things. […]
Copland is one of the most famous American composers of our day. You recall that George Gershwin wanted to study in France with Nadia Boulanger and he got turned down? She was a gifted teacher who knew how to recognize her student’s gifts and guide them into developing them. Well, Copland did get to study […]
During October I was gifted with the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. with my husband. I was so excited to be able to explore this treasure trove of a city! Many hours were spent in the various Smithsonian Museum collections, but even so, I only skimmed the surface. While in the American History Museum, I […]
We’ve been hearing what the famous Wynton Marsalis has to say about practicing your instrument. And we last read about the importance of concentration. So, which child is concentrating? This little guy? Or this little guy? Watch. http://www.youtube.com/v/S0aUC208rO0&feature=g-all-lik Ha, ha! Best 4 year old ever?
Concentrate when practicing. Concentration is the ability to focus on something without being distracted. It means that you can clear your mind of other thoughts and channel all of your energies in one direction for extended periods of time. Concentration is an important tool for development in any area, and everyone can develop the ability […]
While up in Washington, DC last week, I soaked in the glorious reds and golds, rich colors not seen since leaving the North many years ago. What a soul refreshing lunch break from researching in the DAR Museum to sit out in filtered sunshine, watching golden leaves float down from the heights! Truly, the […]