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

More Rhythm Instruments

Mar. 5, 2014 by

Movement is an important part of learning. According to Dr. Karla Hannaford in, Smart Moves, movement is an indispensable part of learning and thinking. While your child is beating to the tune of the music—get up and move to the

Rhythm Instruments

Mar. 3, 2014 by

This week, we are going to discuss simple rhythm instruments for children. Playing a rhythm instrument is fun, easy, and does more than occupy a child’s time. As a child learns to play a rhythm instrument, it impacts their listening

Brain Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument

Feb. 28, 2014 by

  Hi Everyone! Today I want to talk about some of the benefits of playing a musical instrument–it’s important for your brain and you! The greatest brain benefits of music happen when you actually learn a musical instrument. By doing

Brain Benefits of Just Listening to Music

Feb. 26, 2014 by

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could just listen to music and have it positively affect the brain? Well, it can and does…   Years ago, a man by the name of Georgi Lozanov, (1926-2012) a Bulgarian psychiatrist studied how

Music and Our Brain

Feb. 24, 2014 by

Classical music is truly a multi-level experience.  We’ve learned that music plays a role in our universe, is found in nature and even animals respond to music. Proportionately, though, its greatest impact is on human beings—to our learning processes, brain

Zentangle and other ways to RELAX!

Feb. 22, 2014 by

It is Saturday and more than likely you are exhausted! So, here are some ideas for anyone wanting to de-stress, relax, and unwind using art, music and even bathing. Idea #1: Check out the book, Totally Tangled by Sandy Steen

Music and Animals

Feb. 21, 2014 by

Our family loves animals, but we stick to the semi-domesticated ones for pets—dogs, cats, birds and fish. In nearly every case, our dogs and cats have enjoyed classical music and many times have curled up underneath our music system to

Our Musical Universe

Feb. 19, 2014 by

Did you know that we live in a musical universe? Where the planets, the sun and the stars all play music? Seems impossible, until you realize that just about everything on this earth has a vibrational frequency. And when something

Musical Beginnings

Feb. 17, 2014 by

I’m a voracious reader. Each time I pick up a book, it’s an exciting adventure; a chance to learn something new and a chance to add to my knowledge bank. In most cases, I find the author as interesting as

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