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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Getting Started with Music Appreciation

    Including music appreciation in our child's homeschool education is a worthy endeavor. “Music has the power of producing a certain effect on the moral character of the soul, and if it has the power to do this, it is clear that the young must be directed to music and must be educated in it.” (Aristotle)  Sometimes, however, getting started is th...