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...

Best Elements in Music education for 5 – 6 year olds

Best Elements in Music education for 5 – 6 year olds

Aug 18, 2015

While there is a lot of information about the benefits of music education, sometimes it is harder to find what parents should be seeking for their young child’s music development.  Opinions vary greatly according to the source, and often parents have misconceptions about musical development.  For example, parents may not consider the child’s musical...

Let’s Build on Beats with ALL Ms Debbie’s Drums

Let’s Build on Beats with ALL Ms Debbie’s Drums

Jun 25, 2015

Picture a beautiful evening around Lake Mirror in Lakeland.  A nice grassy opening is adorned with colorful drums and percussion instruments galore, just waiting for children of all ages and abilities, and their families to arrive and explore the many sounds that can be created within the circle.  A leader emerges and starts an engaging beat.  The rhythm is...

Listen, Copy and Connect

Listen, Copy and Connect

Jun 22, 2015

In our Kindermusik classes, we often enjoy active listening and vocal play.   Truly listening and attempting to match what is heard is an incredibly important skill for a musician, with the voice, with the body and with an instrument. On top of that skill, the next step is to connect that particular sound or movement with a cue. For example, a violin player...