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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 […]

June 18, 2013

Simple music activities to do with your infant

HERE ARE THREE VERY SIMPLE MUSIC ACTIVITIES to do with your infant, gleaned from Sound Choices, Guiding Your Child’s Musical Experiences, by Wilma Machover and Marienne Uszler, Oxford University Press, 1996.   Mirror sound Imitate your child’s first sound, whether it is a cooing sound, a sung pitch, or the first attempts at speech. The […]

June 15, 2013

Let All Creation Praise!

Even the trees clap their hands in praise to the Lord!   You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12    

June 11, 2013

How Do You Feel About Your Own Creativity?

Parents, I invite you to review the history of your own art life. If you feel nostalgia or regret at what has been “lost,” the feelings are your own creativity just looking for a place to happen. Your creativity is still there. Sally Warner  

June 8, 2013

Happy Birthday, Albinoni!

WE’VE LOOKED into Bach’s life and the musical influences in his life. Now we meet one of those people: Tomaso Albinoni! Happy Birthday, Albinoni!   He was born today, June 8, 1671.   Tomaso was born into a financially secure family of Venice, Italy in 1671. As a boy, like other boys of his time who grew […]

May 28, 2013

Suggested Summer Listening Selections!

SUMMER IS A GREAT TIME TO EXPLORE MUSIC AND ART!  Summer is also a time when you can weave new habits into your life, especially if you’ve been intending to incorporate good music and art.   Below I’ve listed five different collections of pieces, two of which are narrated. I’ve included links to their listings […]

May 13, 2013

Music as “mother-tongue”

BEGINNERS LEARN SO SLOWLY.  Same as mother-tongue. The baby does not say “Mama” and then immediately speak many different words. The child must repeat and repeat if he is to learn. Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus 10,000 times is skill. Shinichi Suzuki Thank you, Kristina Joan Mosley Photography, for use of the delightful photo!

May 7, 2013

When Flying, Are Cellos People, Too?

Musicians and Airlines Are Squabbling Over Frequent-Flier Miles; ‘He Could Have Played the Flute, But No’   Cellist Lynn Harrell at Los Angeles International Airport with his cello before a flight to Boston on Sunday.  His cello is his 15-pound travel companion. Renowned cellist Lynn Harrell travels the world on two airline tickets—one for himself […]

April 30, 2013

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly….

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16 ESV   We tend to think about the word of Christ as being the teaching and admonishing part. What about the “singing […]

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