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July 25, 2012

Handel’s “Messiah”: Preparing for Christmas in July

Handel's "Messiah": Preparing for Christmas in July

Now is the time to spend a little time thinking about how you want to establish a musical culture for your family this Christmas.  What music do you want written on their hearts and memories? When I was pregnant with child #1, our beloved pastor and his wife, Norman and Connie Shepherd, invited us over […]

July 19, 2012

Children’s Music Activity: “Knock Knock,” a Rhythm Game

“Knock knock” Playing a rhythm game is a wonderful way to introduce your child to the world of rhythm.  Music is composed of three basic entities:  rhythm, melody, and harmony.  Establishing rhythms within a young child helps develop coordination, as well as prepares for singing and instrumental skills in the future. Here’s a fun game to […]

July 11, 2012

A Quick Spot of Tea: Vivaldi and a Favorite Poem

Grab your cup of tea, a little snack, and come sit and be refreshed! Tea:  Youthberry from Teavana   Music: A real lute playing Vivaldi’s D major lute concerto.  The second movement captivated me as a little child and I searched for it as an adult.  Would you believe that I first heard this melody on Sesame […]

July 10, 2012

Music Culture: Music for Bedtime or Naptime

We moms all recognize how difficult it is for us to stop our day when we should and start to unwind.  For our little ones who are afraid that they’re going to miss something exciting, how much more difficult!  Even as we need our bedtime routine, so do they, so why not make music a […]

July 2, 2012

A Memory from Childhood

Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” Have you ever had a melody from childhood stuck in your brain? Here is a favorite piece of music from childhood which has been sweetly going through my mind here recently.  It has been whispering to me ever since it surprised me as I was waking Friday morning.    What a wonderful piece […]

June 28, 2012

Rainy Day Tea Party

                    A rainy winter day?  Dreariness is all you see outside.  What to do to celebrate? Have a Rainy Day Tea Party! Brighten your day with some fun food, lovely music, an entertaining tale of a composer with a leaky roof, and a rain poem. First is the […]

March 31, 2012

Soul Food

“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” — Johann Sebastian Bach   Bach signed each of his works S.D.G. “To God alone be the glory.”  Do you think that he asked the Lord’s blessing over each of his works […]

January 7, 2012

How to practice your instrument: Part 7

Learn from your mistakes – Learn from your mistakes–don’t be too hard on yourself. If you make a mistake, if you mess up in a concert, it’s not the end of the world. It’s like dropping the touchdown pass in the championship. Everybody’s looking at you, all your friends, your mama and daddy are up […]

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