Sunday, December 30, 2012

Song Sunday and Prayer Requests

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Creating an Environment for Musical Development

Reposted from Organic Aspirations.

Creating an Environment for Musical Development

I'm the mom who gives my friend's kids drum sets.  Literally- I'm not exaggerating.  As a musician, I know that experience in music and creative movement in childhood can foster musical involvement and skills later in childhood and even into adulthood.  Read this article for more details about the many benefits of music for children.

Creating an Environment for Musical Development

Creating an environment for nurturing music is inexpensive and fairly easy to achieve. Try each of this ideas for making your home a place where music is part of your creative play.

  • Add music and movement into your daily schedule.  If you have young children, do fifteen minutes of music time each day, and for older children (first grade and up), schedule thirty minutes for them to practice singing or an instrument.
  • Create some instruments from things you have at home.  I have tutorials for shakers and drums.
  • Gather all of your rhythm instruments into one basket, and bring the basket out during music time.  Get different music and movement CDs or order them from your library. and use them to guide your time.  Scarves and beanbags are great props for music too!
Creating an Environment for Musical Development

  • Focus on beat with young children.  Always tap a beat rather than a rhythm with toddlers.  You can introduce an echo clap or tap at about four or five years old. 
  • Make music time available to children for freeplay.  Children learn through play, and many times they will even practice some of the skills that you have taught them.   Music takes practice, so the more time you make available, the better.
Creating an Environment for Musical Development

  • Lead by example.  If you play an instrument, practice every day.  If not, sing and listen to your favorite styles of music.  Talk with your children about the music you appreciate, and don't be afraid to sing along and let your love of music show!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Bring the Whole Family

It's not everyday that I sing in a choir since my violin schedule usually does not allow it.  The last time I did, I had a cast on my arm! Tonight is the exception to the rule.  I am honored to be a very small part of my church's Christmas production for families to enjoy.  I hope that you will come out and enjoy this night filled with drama, music, and puppets!

538 Hickory Grade Road
Bridgeville, PA 15017
6:30 PM

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bringing Joy

On the holidays, and an time of the year, people confined to nursing homes love to have visitors.  It's nice to join them for a fun carol sing, and it's an excellent time for students to try their hand at performing.

Christmas Show

Christmas Show
Christmas Show
My daughter Ana plays the drum with the kids from her Bible Study who participated in the show.
Several of my students started just this month, so I'm looking forward to many more participants at the next show.  Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 17, 2012

My First Piano Adventures

I have just discovered that my favorite piano curriculum, Piano Adventures now has an amazing series for the very young beginner.  I have several very young students (including my own daughter), and I've already started using it!  It's called My First Piano Adventure, and it is perfect for young children.  It has an accompanying CD, so the kids can practice what they learned in lessons fairly autonomously without forgetting what to do.  In addition, it breaks down each basic skill into separate lessons so that the lessons don't move too fast.   My daughter has been enjoying the duet, and she even performed it at our Christmas Show on Saturday at a local nursing home. (I'll post photos this week!)  For those families where the parents don't play piano, the duet is on the CD for easy practice!

The duet has the students practice taking a bow at the end!
I am planning on using this curriculum from now on in my intro to piano classes.  All of my games and other fun activities that I'm already using are a perfect compliment to this series. 

Note: This post is not sponsored by Faber and Faber or their publishers, but as with any of my links, you support my studio by ordering from Amazon through my site. 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Giveaway: Egg Shakers

Egg shakers are a great way to practice tapping beat with children.  I am offering two readers a chance to win your choice of a set of six handmade recycled egg shakers or a recycled bottle shaker with streamers.  For your chance to win, follow on Google Friend connect or like LMS on Facebook, and leave a comment.  The winner will be announced in two weeks!  Good Luck!
Shaker Giveaway
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