Last call for Summer Kindermusik this week!

July 30, 2007 at 6:50 am | Posted in Art, Babies, Blogroll, Children's Music, Creatures at the Ocean, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Our Time, Parenting, Singing | Leave a comment

Second Summer Session begins this Tuesday with Creatures at the Ocean, Wednesday with Busy Days and Friday with Creatures in my Backyard. Check out the schedule on our website and call or email me if you have any questions. We can’t wait to see you!  Ms. Julie


Busy Days! Set your baby’s day to classical music. With a little more Tchaikovsky in your “Twinkle, Twinkle” repertoire you’ll discover new ways your baby benefits from the classics as you both develop an appreciation for the world’s most respected music. Each lesson features new activities and songs you can sing for all the places you go together—the store, the playground, the doctor, and more.


cno.gifCreatures at the Ocean. Sing sailor songs and make the ocean count. “Five little seashells lying on the shore: Swish! Went the waves and then there were four.” Make homemade kites and your own ocean wave drum! Children love Creatures at the Ocean because they sing, move, and play with Mom, Dad, or caregiver while

learning about the great outdoors, nature-friendly ideas and all kinds of interesting creatures unique to the coastal environment.  We will dive into lessons like Ahoy There, On My Beach Blanket, Coastal Waters, Riding the Waves, and In the Deep Blue Sea. So put on your beach clothes and join us for an ocean adventure!

0-06-03005.jpgCreatures in My Backyard.  Give your child something to sing about in her own backyard. Be the flower from the “seed’s” perspective. Big Kids Run and jump in rain puddles made from hula hoops. Shoo pretend flies and sing and dance to “Shoo Fly.” Parents fly babies from flower to flower like buzzing bees, and explore instruments and more!

Children are naturally curious and delighted by the world around them. Creatures in My Backyard encourages you and your child to explore your environment and make new discoveries.  Through music, movement, storytelling, and instrument exploration, your child will uncover the creatures living in her own backyard – from birds, turtles, squirrels, and rabbits to flowers, caterpillars, and bumble-bees!  Your child will experience Nesting in a Tree, Digging in the Dirt, Flying to a Flower, Hiding in the Grass, and Sitting on the Porch. So put on your sandals and join us for a backyard adventure!

4-6 year old children improved 37% on standardized tests!

July 30, 2007 at 6:30 am | Posted in Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Parenting | Leave a comment

Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each. ~Plato

Read all about it here.

Thank you to Debbie Long at Musik4Kids.

Evolution of a drummer … What a cool thing to see!

July 24, 2007 at 9:44 pm | Posted in Children's Music, Drums, Music, Music Making, Musical Instruments | Leave a comment

Thank you Molly McGinn for posting this as I think it is a fantastic display of what consistant musical experiences can evolve into. This young man is so talented! It starts when he is two years old!

Musical Fairy Tale Tea Party a success! Check out our Video!

July 22, 2007 at 4:55 am | Posted in Art, Blogroll, Children's Music, Dancing, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Musical Fairy Tale Tea Party, Princess Day, Princesses!, Singing, Tea Party! | Leave a comment

Today we have enjoyed many fairy tale and musical activities! We made butterfly puppets; played Old Queen Glory of the Mountain; listened to a story about Thumbelina and then danced with the Butterflies just like she did; played instruments with the instrument story of Momotarasan; visited an enchanted forest and danced with the animals where we met Goldilocks and she and Little Bear invited us to a TEA PARTY! Ms Julie told us the story of Jack and the Beanstalk while we were eating and then we got our own magic beans and made shaker instruments! Little Bear and Goldilocks gave us a bear to remember them with. We danced with our bears and shakers and rocked with moms and dads before going home. What a wonderful time we had!

I have needed a break!

July 15, 2007 at 10:19 pm | Posted in Blogroll, Music Making, Ramblings | Leave a comment

I love what I do and it fills me up every day. ..

It is impossible to find the time anymore to spend quantity time with my family.

Last Monday my oldest daughter, Rosalie and son-on-law, Paul visited us in the midst of visiting everyone in the area. Paul’s parents were Sunday, we were Monday, Paul’s sister and a friend on Tuesday and they were on their way home to Mountain City, TN on Wednesday. It seems they caught a matinee of Harry Potter on their way back, which after calling my husband inspired him to email me and say “Harry Potter, 7 or 7:30?” so we went to the local theatre and enjoyed the latest movie.

I get totally absorbed in movies and books so it provides me with a much needed ‘mind break’ from my everyday. Some folks don’t like Harry Potter’s fantasy…I think it is a natural thing to enjoy stories of the imagination. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and look forward to reading the last book.  I find science fiction and fantasy stories very satisfying. It is not all I read but I find I am drawn to it more often than not.

This weekend our younger daughter, Kendra, celebrated having gallbladder surgery. Yes, she invited friends to our house for a bonfire, slip and slide, games, hotdogs, s’mores and make your own music. I was even asked to sing for them. Kids in their early twenties are interesting it reminds of times long ago… Her friends are predominately musical and Christian so the mix was fun and easy going and not too crazy. The bonfire was probably the wildest thing that occurred. I am lucky to have grown children with great friends. Not only did several of them help her plan and set up the party, several others helped clean up! (as they should).

Kenny and I are off to visit his sister Lynn in Bunnlevel today.  This is the first weekend in a while that I didn’t spend time at the studio. I guess I was due.

My essay on I Believe in Music…

July 6, 2007 at 9:45 pm | Posted in Blogroll, Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Parenting | 3 Comments

I believe in Music as the most powerful means of communication in the world. Infants have memory of the music they hear in the womb. It is the lullaby sung by a mother or father to a child. It is the sing songy way a toddler enjoys sharing what he learned. It is the made-up song of a preschooler and her pride in singing it for you herself. It is the favorite song a child sings long after the CD player is turned off. It is that special song that reminds us of one we love. Music joins us together in emotional and memorable times. When we rejoice music help’s us celebrate. When we cry music soothes our soul. When we worship, music reaches inside us, what we experience is the majesty of God, the prayerfulness of worship and we glorify God. Music is able to transcend cultures, and societies. It stays with us through the ages.
In my life I have grown up around music. My parents sang constantly around us and with us, even in the car. One of my favorite little child memories is dancing through the house with my brother to “Tarantella” and “Flight of the Bumblebee”. My favorite part of school was singing in choruses, musicals and going on choir tours. When I was pregnant with my first daughter, Rosalie, I performed in the Carlisle Floyd opera, “Susannah”, a modern tragic opera set in the North Carolina Mountains. This was during my fourth through eighth months of pregnancy. I will never forget the time Rosalie was 10, riding in the car and our family listening to NPR, when selections from “Susannah” were being played. Rosalie looked up and asked where she had heard that music before. That experience impacted my decision to teach music as I realized the power in music.
Teaching music gives me the opportunity to change the world, even just a little at a time. At every Kindermusik graduation I read ‘The Legend’. It tells of a wise man climbing a mountain and looking out across the world. He saw dark clouds and heard angry voices, and knew the world was sad. Then some children came from different parts of the world. They ran into the meadow at the foot of the mountain – they smiled, joined their hands and started to sing. Suddenly, the dark clouds started to drift away, and the angry voices were silent. The children were singing and the world seemed to be listening. The wise man thought, “Perhaps, if these children were to come back here to sing tomorrow… and tomorrow… and were to come back next year…and the next…and if when these children were grown up, they could still come here to join their hands and sing, then the angry voices would be silent forever, the dark clouds would vanish, and the sun would shine all over the world… This is why I teach Music. It is the most powerful means of communication in the world!

National Anthem July 4th, 2007

July 6, 2007 at 9:22 pm | Posted in 4th of July, Blogroll, Kindermusik, Music, Singing | Leave a comment

The fourth of July was a busy day… I painted faces from 4:00 pm – 8:35 pm at the Clayton Municipal Park where I set up a booth to promote summer second session and fall classes, plus a promotional day coming up at the end of July … A Musical Fairy Tale Tea Party. See below! Anyway, I also sang the National Anthem; with a little competition from a local Train Whistle my husband started the video clip a smudgeon late, but the clap at the end was worth it! Just listen don’t critic the video… it was his first attempt.  Julie

Musical Fairy Tale Tea Party, July 21st!

July 6, 2007 at 9:21 pm | Posted in Art, Children's Music, Dancing, Imagine That, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Musical Fairy Tale Tea Party, Princess Day, Princesses!, Singing | 2 Comments

Please come to the Musical Fairy Tale Tea Party July 21st. Details below …


Happy Fourth of July!

July 4, 2007 at 9:43 pm | Posted in 4th of July, Kindermusik, Music, Singing | 1 Comment

This video is one I made. The singer is me. I recorded this about two years ago for my husband. It seemed appropriate for the holiday and so I added it to the Nashville Convention clip I made in July 2005 while we enjoyed the riverboat cruise. Though you can’t hear the pops the views are beautiful! Happy Fourth of July to all! 

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