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August 2013
August 29, 2013

A Puppy Dog Tea Party

Do tea parties bring pictures of your mind of girly-girl events?  A “Boys Not Allowed” activity? Every boy will love an excuse to eat cookies, listen to some fun music, and read a very “boy” poem which was written for a young boy! Today’s “tea party” includes a jazz piece by George Gershwin entitled “Promenade,” […]

August 26, 2013

William the Conqueror and Plainchant

  Featured above is a segment of the Bayeux Tapestry which chronicles the account of William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings. Here you see simply a very short portion of the entire amazing piece of needlework. If you would like to see more of this long, intricate banner, click here.   Not only will […]

August 24, 2013

How Music Helped Create the “I Have a Dream” Speech

  Fifty years ago today Martin Luther King, Jr. presented his “I have a dream speech.” Without Mahalia Jackson present, though, the speech wouldn’t have taken shape as it did. King, trusting his friend Mahalia, knew that she would be just the right lead-in to his speech. Mahalia, comfortable with him recommending what would be […]

August 22, 2013

Happy Birthday, Debussy!

Debussy, a French composer, was born August 22, 1862. He was considered one of the preeminent Impressionist composers of his era, although he disliked the title. He is considered one of the most influential composers at the turn of the 20th century.  He died of cancer in March 1918 while Paris was being bombarded by […]

August 20, 2013

Singing and Unwholesome Speech

  These California sea lions are pretty loud and obnoxious. What a lot of pushing and shoving, whining and complaining, unwholesome and corrupt communication! And, according to what we learned in Sunday school, the expression “unwholesome speech” comes from an expression in the Greek referring to “smelly fish!”  Well, these aren’t fish, but they don’t […]

August 19, 2013

Charlemagne and the Music of his Day

WHEN YOU THINK OF CHARLEMAGNE, “Charles the Great,” you think of a powerful military leader who lived a very, very long time ago and who consolidated a great deal of power and territory. Rather than simply being a warrior, he was a man who valued education, which included the study of foreign languages, the preservation of important […]

August 7, 2013

What Does Learning to Knit Have to do with Playing the Piano?

Or “Why do you teach your piano students how to knit?” BELOW IS A FASCINATING AND THOUGHT PROVOKING DISCUSSION of the integration of knitting education into the academic training of children at the elite Waldorf School in Boston.  Learning to knit has preceded training in reading and arithmetic for over 90 years now for kindergarteners at this educational institution. […]