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February 25, 2014

A Musical Recipe

“THIS IS THE WAY WE COMB OUR HAIR….” One of the easiest ways to get into the habit of including music in every aspect of your life with your child is to make up songs about everyday activities as you perform them. Invent a crawling song, a getting dressed song, a going-out-in-the-stroller song, working to […]

February 20, 2014

Enjoying Music with Your Toddler

Looking for a simple way to incorporate music into your toddler’s life? Here are a few very simple ideas from Don Campbell’s book, “The Mozart Effect for Children.” Borrow a melody from a favorite children’s song and make up your own words, singing them to the rhythm of her movement across the floor. The following […]

February 19, 2014

The Stirrings of an Early Spring Day

Warm sunshine is now splashing on my back deck. The birds are out and chattering about, especially the blue jays upon spying Debussy out napping beside me. The composer Debussy had something to say musically which seems so appropriate to today’s loveliness. Listen with me to his composition “Prelude to an Afternoon of a Faun.” […]

February 18, 2014

Most Important: Demonstrate to Your Child How Much You Yourself Love Music

MOST IMPORTANT, DEMONSTRATE TO YOUR CHILD HOW MUCH YOU YOURSELF LOVE MUSIC.  Put on a favorite recording and dance, alone or with a partner, moving smoothly and freely, mostly with your upper body. Pick your baby up and dance with her in your arms. Or sit on the floor with your baby in your lap and […]

February 11, 2014

Children’s Music Activity: Create Your Own Instruments!

Create your own instruments! Making music does not have to involve fancy or involved instruments. You can create your own instruments using simple, household items with easily collected items. -two serving spoons clinked together -wooden spoon on plastic food container -three or four pennies in a small plastic food container or plastic egg which can […]

December 20, 2013

Ancient Advent Carol Echoes Across the Centuries

FOR CENTURIES BELIEVERS HAVE SUNG SONGS OF PRAISE HONORING CHRIST’S INCARNATION.  One of the earliest I have discovered is “Let all mortal flesh keep silent” which was written originally as a hymn as a part of the Liturgy of Saint James (as in brother of Jesus). Yes, some scholars think that these words were penned even […]

December 17, 2013

The Christmas Scale

  Whether true or not, this is a delightful story of a son’s memory of his mom trying to teach him to play the piano.  

December 12, 2013

Savor An Advent Carol Melody: Picardy or “How to listen with both ears”

Here is a lovely arrangement of the French Medieval melody “Picardy,” also known as “Let all mortal flesh keep silent.”  Enjoy the sonority of the English horn partnered with the pipe organ.  Below is a listening activity which I discovered while reading through Don Campbell’s fascinating book, “The Mozart Effect for Children.” Why not try […]

December 10, 2013

Establish a Christmas Music Library

  WHAT COMMUNICATES A MEMORY MORE THAN MUSIC?  What tool has God given us to use to write His Word upon our children’s hearts? What Christmas music are you going to incorporate into your family’s music culture?  If you’re not sure, then here’s a place to start.  And why not start today? You would like to […]

December 2, 2013

An Early Christian’s Advent Message

 “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” AURELIUS CLEMENS PRUDENTIAUS, was an early Christian Spanish poet who probably died in 413. He was very passionate about following Christ, earnestly seeking holiness of life through mortifying the flesh. He was especially zealous in speaking against the heresies of his day through his poems, the “Divinum Mysterium,” being one of […]

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