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- E. Paul Torrance’s Creative ManifestoMusic (and Science) For Young Children In 1983, E. Paul Torrance wrote these remarkable words: Manifesto for Children Don’t be afraid to fall in love with something & pursue it with intensity. Know, understand, take pride in, practice, develop, exploit, & enjoy your greatest strengths. Learn to free ... read more
- Great Ways to Explore Timbre With StringMusic (and Science) For Young Children (Like young children, cats are enthusiastic and relentless scientists.) For years I’ve used strings (mostly ukulele strings and rubber bands) to help young children explore and understand how pitch (the highness and lowness of sounds) works. I plan to write more on this ... read more
- Games for Exploring TimbreMusic (and Science) For Young Children Games for Exploring Timbre For his fourth birthday, Brycen received a rhythm band set. He enjoyed playing with all the instruments, and his mom, Kyleigh, was delighted that he seemed to be musically inclined. Then one day she found him playing with ... read more
- One Instrument, Many TimbresMusic (and Science) For Young Children Recently, a music teacher named Elisabeth Kirby (@JeffersonSings) tweeted that the song “Ghostbusters” uses 3/4 of the vocal timbres: sing, speak and call! (The fourth is whisper.) I admired Ms. Kirby’s observation, and also felt kind of jealous because I’d never noticed ... read more
- Piano Teacher AcademyI am excited to introduce you to Piano Teacher Academy. Elizabeth Gutierrez, whom you may know from her published compositions or clinicians with Faber started holding piano camps for teachers in 2009. In recent years she started putting these workshops and resources online so more teachers can take advantage thus ... read more
- Let There Be Peace Free PrintableIt's Thanksgiving week for those of us in the states. Like most people, I'll be eating way more than I should and feeling grateful for friends, family, and and home-made desserts. All of this is to say that I won't be publishing my usual fare this week.Instead, I'm sharing a ... read more
- Ukuleles – A Tool for Teaching All Year Long, Part 1I didn't play ukulele until just a few years ago, and even then I was not really playing anything beyond a C chord. This is probably true for many of us catching the "wave" of uke in the general music classroom. I don't teach uke as a "unit" as I ... read more
- Learn A Song In Quechua for Native American Heritage MonthNovember is Native American Heritage Month and it’s a great time to connect with the rich cultures that exist thoroughout North and South America – as well as the world. Here’s an easy song to learn and sing that comes from Quechua culture and I’m proud to say that my ... read more
- Review: Jingle Those BellsOnce a year about mid to late October I give my students Christmas books so they can start learning their Christmas music for our annual Christmas camp and/or music at the mall performance. While I like to give suggestions to what I think they would enjoy (or what I would really ... read more
- DIY Composition ManipulativesComposition can be a daunting task for elementary students, but manipulatives can make the task a lot less intimidating and also help students better comprehend what they're doing visually, kinesthetically, and spatially. Today I wanted to share a relatively simple composition manipulative that I use primarily with my upper elementary ... read more