Color your 2017 Resolutions with Music

Color your 2017 Resolutions with Music

Jan 2, 2017

Resolutions, smesolutions… as a parent, we just keep wanting to do the best we can with our children… every day of the year.  And we try our best every day, even if every day is not our best, even if every day is not their best.  Can our best get better? … yep.  Can we get past our bad days and just strive for increasing good moments...

Tempering Transitions with Tunes

Tempering Transitions with Tunes

Jul 31, 2016

aka:  What can I do to help my child to change from one activity to another without life being a constant battle?  How can music help? Do these scenarios sound familiar to you? Fight to get her into the bathtub, then fight to get her out. Refuses to get dressed because he doesn’t want to leave the house?  Then begs for more time on the playground. Is...

Drum Up a Ditty for Daddy

Drum Up a Ditty for Daddy

Jun 18, 2016

Gifts don’t always come in a box.   Sometimes, the best gifts are simply heard and felt with the heart.   Imagine the look on dad’s face when he hears a song… for him, from the voice of his child. A song from the heart can be created and given by children who are just starting to talk, to those who are ready to be creative songwriters, at any...

Using the Magic of the Pentatonic Scale

Using the Magic of the Pentatonic Scale

Apr 25, 2016

  Ding-a-ding !!!  It is a good thing the bells we play around with during our Kindermusik gathering time these days are all part of a harmonious PENTATONIC scale.  If not, it would have been very hard to listen to the clashing sounds.  This full chromatic set of high quality children’s hand bells were a delightful find for me, and I was eager to...

A Family Soundtrack for Spring

A Family Soundtrack for Spring

Mar 21, 2016

What’s on YOUR Soundtrack for Spring? The emergence and progress of the seasons is a common thread woven throughout time, through all areas of the world, through all cultures, young and old, rich and poor.  ALL of us are influenced by it’s changes and it’s presence.   And MANY have been inspired to compose music to express our emotions...

Ten Tips on Tuning In and Tuning Out

Ten Tips on Tuning In and Tuning Out

Jan 19, 2016

Hearing is an ability, Listening is a skill.  Let’s explore some thoughts about our attention for what we hear, and how we may use this information as a parents to help our children learn the skill of listening, starting as an infant.   1 – Listening is different from Hearing. ·        Hearing is the physical mechanics of the brain to...