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- How to Not Lose Yourself As a MomI started playing piano at the age of 7 and remember telling everyone I was going to be a traveling concert pianist. Fast forward many years, and now I have 3 little boys and am a stay at home mom. Isn’t it so funny how our dreams can change? In ... read more
- Are You Running On Autopilot These Days?Are you running on autopilot these days?You know the feeling: distracted, absent-minded, forgetful, foggy, disengaged, disconnected.It's easy to slip into this way of living without even realizing it, especially during months like December (can't imagine why!).But what does running on autopilot really do for us? And how can we switch ... read more
- Awesome Gifts that Aren’t Things: quality timeI'm working on a series this month focused on sharing gift ideas that kids will love that aren't actual things, but instead are more intangible items. The idea is to focus on people and relationships over "stuff", and to decrease the amount of clutter that can easily take over the ... read more
- Students Quitting Before the Holidays?Several years ago I noticed a trend when students typically quit lessons. The first was usually in November right before the Christmas holidays and the second was in April right before our big spring recital celebration. It would drive me nuts because I felt that they were missing out on ... read more
- Musical Gift Ideas for ChristmasChristmas is right around the corner! For those of you still working on getting all of your shopping done, today I’m sharing some ideas. Whether you’re looking for your children, or you are wanting ideas for a daycare center or your classroom, I’ve got you covered! Here are my top ... read more
- The Musical ToddlerToddlers and twos are uniquely musical creatures. With their truly jaw-dropping energy levels (research indicates humans are at their most active at age 2) and their whole-hearted embrace of novel experiences, very young children respond to music with a pure and exuberant enthusiasm. I wrote “The Musical Toddler” to help ... read more
- Adding a Video Element to a Creative Story Composition
- Caroling In Greece With A Musical Triangle!Did you know that many countries around the world have holiday caroling traditions? And in some places caroling is accompanied by unusual instruments or different superstitions and traditions? My husband grew up in Greece and has fond memories of caroling with a triangle during the Christmas season. He and his ... read more
- Freeing Ourselves of Music Theory and Notation: Classical vs. Popular StylesWho says you can’t play an E chord in the key of C? Bach maybe? Who decides what sounds good? Bach, perhaps again. We often forget that music theory for any genre of music comes after some famous people already figured it out themselves. Those musicians did what sounded good ... read more
- How to Write Your Own Children’s Choir CurriculumFor some people, the word “curriculum” may denote academic rigor, standardized tests, detailed lesson plans, and lack of freedom and flexibility. Do we really need this level of planning and detail in our church choirs?To a certain extent, yes. Here’s why: Curriculum can be defined a few different ways. My favorite ... read more