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Why Choose Online Music Lessons? Lessonface Review

Why Choose Online Music Lessons? Lessonface Review

Music is an important part of a complete education. Music stimulates the brain and, more importantly, it feeds the soul. Coming from a musical family and having played two instruments myself, I knew I would encourage my children to learn an instrument. My two eldest study classical piano, my five year old has also started cello, and my seven year old wants to begin learning to play the flute. We received two free lessons at Lessonface to … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Music, Musical

Straw Pan Pipe Craft for Kids

Straw Pan Pipe Craft for Kids

My daughter came home very excited that she had made a pan pipe out of drinking straws at camp. However, she had left the homemade craft instrument there and wanted to make another one. I helped her figure out a way of making one at home. Ours was a little different and she really liked it. Materials: plastic drinking straws tape (clear or decorative Washi tape) scissors yarn or thread (optional)   Directions: 1. Cut the drinking straws in increasingly smaller sizes.   2. Tape … Read entire article »

Filed under: 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Music, Performing Arts and Theater, Science

Organizing a Sing-a-Long to Spread the Cheer

Organizing a Sing-a-Long to Spread the Cheer

This past weekend, we brought some Christmas Cheer to a local home for the elderly. We have been visiting since my two eldest were 3 and 1.5 and we caroled with a play group. That first year, my daughter asked if she could play piano. We didn’t have her music so she just played “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Every year since then she has wanted to go back, this time with Christmas carol sheet … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Featured, Interpersonal, Music, Musical, Performing Arts and Theater

Moving and Grooving to Music Around the World #SmartSummer

Moving and Grooving to Music Around the World #SmartSummer

Music is a big part of our lives. My grandfather was a professional musician and my daughter loves to play piano. And music is a fun way to gain insight into other societies.  As part of my study of history, I delved into how music reflects culture. So, as part of our Me on the Map week, we enjoyed traditional music from around the globe! Since this (history and culture through the lens of art) is my … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Bodily-kinesthetic, Featured, Geography, History and Culture, Music, Musical, Performing Arts and Theater, Smart Summer Challenge, Sound

Rain Stick

Rain Stick

Not that we need more rain… Since we are studying rain and the water cycle in April, we made rain sticks. This is a nice way to incorporate some culture and music and movement into our studies.  And it is also a simple and fun craft that is always a hit with the kids. Materials long cardboard (paper towel) tube rice soft, flexible plastic (like a sandwich bag or any leftover shrink wrap) construction paper markers, stickers, jewels, etc. for decoration Directions 1. Pour … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Bodily-kinesthetic, Featured, History and Culture, Music, Musical, Spring, Summer, Visual-Spacial, Weather

New Year’s Noisemaker

New Year’s Noisemaker

For most cultures, New Year’s is a time for new beginnings.  The traditions usually involve cleansing the home of bad energy and welcoming in luck and prosperity.  Most likely the origins of the use of noisemakers and firecrackers on New Year’s Eve is to frighten away “evil spirits”. We’ve made the “rain maker” style noisemakers using water bottles or toilet paper tubes in the past so I decided to try these simple paper plate noisemakers.  These … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Music, Musical, Sound, Winter

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

As an early Christmas gift, here is my daughter (age 4) playing Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. She had just started learning the song so her playing is a little halting but she wanted me to record her. I think it is a sweet little record of what she is doing now and I hope you enjoy! … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), Featured, Music, Musical, Winter

Make a Note of It!

Make a Note of It!

My daughter has been taking piano lessons for almost a year and she loves to play.  I am impressed with the progress she is making with her teacher.  She can play pieces with chords, using both hands.  However, I can tell that help with sight reading notes would improve the fluency of her play–and probably her enjoyment. We bought flashcards but they did not hold her interest and I do not like to push. Instead, inspired by … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), Featured, Music, Musical