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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. […]

July 30, 2013

Music as Food

Children must receive music instruction as naturally as food, with as much pleasure as they derive from a ball game, and this must happen from the beginning of their lives. Leonard Bernstein

July 21, 2013

A Classical Radio Station for Kids!

What a wonderful idea–a classical music station for kids! WBGH out of Boston has created Kids Classical Channel. Classical New England presents a 24-hour continuous channel of classical music programs created for kids. Listen to the Kids Classical Channel and introduce the world of classical music to a young person in your life. I just […]

July 15, 2013

Lullabies for Your Baby and You: Sleep Sound in Jesus

Lullabies have for millennia been the perfect music for babies. We parents may sing to our little ones, but sometimes we wear out and need someone else to sing for us! Michael Card’s lyrics and melodies in the Sleep Sound in Jesus collection are the perfect lullabies, not simply because of their restful qualities, but […]

July 9, 2013

Happy Birthday, Ottarino Respighi!

OTTORINO RESPIGHI was born in Italy on July 9, 1897.   As a boy, he took piano and violin lessons from his father, who as a piano teacher.  His father made sure that Ottarino received further training in violin, viola, composition, and music studies.  Finishing his certificate in violin, he went on to Russia to play in […]

July 1, 2013

Dancing with Scarves

HERE’S ANOTHER MUSIC ACTIVITY for toddlers and young children. In fact, older children would love this just as much! This is another fun idea from the book Sound Choices.   Slow dance/Fast dance. Carefully select several of your favorite CDs or recordings, basing your choice on the contrast between fast and slow music. For the earliest […]

June 25, 2013

Music Activities with Older Babies and Toddlers

Here are some excellent music activities to do as a follow up to my previous blog from the out of print book, Sound Choices.   Playing with the elements. Just as you name objects, body parts, colors, and shapes, use your mental sound checklist and use the elements of sound as you go about your […]

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