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  • 20 Favorite Music Appreciation Lessons

    The best thing about music appreciation is that there is a LIMITLESS supply of material to choose from! Once we begin exposing our children to beautiful music, it is just the tip of an iceberg - the beginning of a gift that will last an entire lifetime. Now that I have been specializing in solely music appreciation for over 5 years (with 30 year...
  • Classical Music for Cleaning Up

    Do you turn on motivating music while cleaning the house? (I certainly do, and I'm willing to be most of you do as well.) I'd like to suggest you do that for your children - but make the music classical.  The benefits of this are two-fold: Cleaning up is accomplished. Classical music is secretly inserted into your children's memories (you can e...
  • The Importance of Music Education in Your Child's Life

     “Music — what a powerful instrument, what a mighty weapon!”  ~ Marie Augusta von Trapp If you are familiar with The Sound of Music, the von Trapp family had a strong culture of music. Their family bond was strengthened by music, and ultimately music saved their lives.  When my daughter was just two years old I took her to a performance of the ...
  • Introducing Musicals to Children

    Last summer, in an effort for my husband and I to relive our own childhood, we introduced our five children to the 1992 film, Newsies. We do things like that often… Buying the them ‘retro’ remake of toys we had when we were kids, blaring songs from our high school years that we had ‘burned’ on cds and having family movie nights of all the clas...
  • 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...