Musicians Making a Difference: Miriam Choi of Melbourne, Australia

Mar. 31, 2014 by

This week I want to introduce you to individual musicians who are making a difference in their communities through their unique musical talents. Today—meet Miriam Choi—a very talented, selfless musician! She lives in Melbourne, Australia and teaches advanced level Suzuki

March is “Music in Our Schools Month” Today’s Teachers: Darlys Lickliter and Kanda Hill, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Mar. 28, 2014 by

Think about what it would be like attending a school where creativity is experienced at every grade level; where children discover things rather than being told things; where children learn to think using self-discovery and experimentation, and where music and

March is “Music in Our Schools Month” Today’s Teacher: Kristin Leidig-Sears, Harbor City, California

Mar. 26, 2014 by

Think for a minute about your child’s current school teacher. Ask yourself—does he/she love to teach? Does my child’s teacher use creative, artistic, and music strategies to make learning fun and interesting? If you answered “yes” to these questions—then your

March is “Music in Our Schools Month” Today’s Teacher: Elva Jean Bolin, Peoria, Colorado

Mar. 24, 2014 by

March is “Music In Our Schools” month and so to honor this month of music, I want to spotlight three amazing school music teachers from across the United States.  Today—Elva Jean Bolin, Music Specialist at Peoria Elementary School in Peoria,


Mar. 22, 2014 by

Today I want to discuss a topic I find extraordinarily interesting and is associated with people who oftentimes are connected to the arts and sciences. It is call synesthesia—and I think you will find it as fascinating as I do.

The Four Musical Methods

Mar. 21, 2014 by

For the past two weeks we have discussed the “Five Musical Musts.” And now I want to add what I call “The Four Musical Methods.” These are fun ways I developed to enhance your musical experience, whether you are playing

The Five Musical Musts: “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”

Mar. 19, 2014 by

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice has been one of my very favorite stories and pieces of music since I first saw it on Walt Disney’s Fantasia. Let’s discuss it in two parts: the story and the music. The Story: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

The Five Musical Musts: “Nutcracker”

Mar. 17, 2014 by

  (Maple Youth Ballet Nutcracker, Northwood Performing Arts Center, Irvine, CA) “Nutcracker” by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky should be considered a classic family favorite! The story, similar to a fairytale, is about a young girl named Marie (in some versions her

The Five Musical Musts: “The Young Person’s Guide to Instruments of the Orchestra”

Mar. 14, 2014 by

Have you ever wanted to be able to listen to a piece of music and accurately identify what instruments are being played? Would you also like your children to have this ability?  If so, then “The Young Person’s Guide to

Carnival of the Animals

Mar. 12, 2014 by

“Carnival of the Animals” by French composer, Camille Saint-Saëns is a childhood favorite. He composed “Carnival of the Animals” in 1886 under the title, “Grand Zoological Fantasy.” Originally, it was composed as a joke and was performed at a Mardi

The Five Musical Musts: Peter & The Wolf

Mar. 10, 2014 by

 For the next two weeks I’m going to be discussing what I refer to as: “The Five Musical Musts.” I call them this because, in my opinion, they are pieces of music that introduce a child to classical music in

Boomwhackers: Percussion at its best!

Mar. 7, 2014 by

Boomwhackers are eight musically tuned percussion tubes designed by MIT graduate Craig Ramsell.  To play, each person holds one or two of these colorful and perfectly tuned percussion tubes and whacks them against his arm, thigh, or any hard surface

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