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  • A Carol for Advent

    Making Music Memories with Children Christmas Carols are such a simple, beautiful way to make memories with your children. As we celebrate the coming of the Christ child, we also yearn for His birth with the singing of carols. These carols are a mixture of anticipation, solemnity, and even sadness.  One of the most beautiful carols is Come, Thou...
  • Gifts to Encourage A Child's Love of Music

    Do you have a child who exhibits a natural love of music?  Does your child sing, whistle, and hum (constantly!)? Do they drum on any and everything? Does listening to music bring them great joy and happiness?  If you have a musical kid you oftentimes just KNOW it, right?  For these children it is important to nurture their love and curiosity wit...
  • Happy 250th Beethoven!

    This year marks 250 years since Ludwig van Beethoven's birth. Celebrations around the world will pay tribute to this pioneer of not only the piano, but also large symphonic works.  Beethoven was also the pioneer of strong emotion in music - he took listeners from the very predictable and structured Classical Era of music - into the emotional wor...
  • Simple Music Activities for Halloween

    Halloween is a prime time for creepy music, stories, and instrument activities.  You don't have to be a music teacher - or even knowledgeable about music - to implement these ideas. (In fact... if you have little to no musical knowledge, read on - because this post is for YOU !) Disclaimer: I don't like super scary things for Halloween. The worl...
  • A Classical Music Playlist for Fall

    As we're picking apples, getting out cold weather clothes, and carving pumpkins, there is something else memorable about fall - MUSIC. Whether it is listening to Vivaldi's Autumn from The Four Seasons, or Grieg's In The Hall of The Mountain King, there is some music that is distinctly for THIS season. Music triggers our senses and emotions. M...
  • Best Books for Music Appreciation

    The gift of music appreciation lasts a lifetime.  Through the SQUILT curriculum, learning HOW to appreciate beautiful music is simple and FUN!   Once our children begin to learn about great music, it naturally leads to a curiosity about the composers of that music, and to a curiosity about instruments, the orchestra, and much more.  Following...