William Tell Mom ~ Hilarious!

September 28, 2007 at 8:25 pm | Posted in and more!, Kindermusik, Mom's, Mother's, Music, Parenting | 12 Comments

Princess Day! What a fun time we had!

May 20, 2007 at 2:56 am | Posted in and more!, Blogroll, Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Musical Instruments, Princess Day, Princesses!, Ramblings | Leave a comment

Please check out some of the fun we had on Princess Day!


Playing with our Egg Shaker Instruments!


Having a Princess Parade!


Rocking and resting with Mom and Dad.


We are ready to have some fun…say cheese!


Reading about “Tressa the Musical Princess”

Today 14 little princesses came to have fun with Queen Ms. Julie! We made crowns and sceptors, danced around a Maypole, read Tressa the Musical Princess who “Saved the Day!”. We all ‘saved the day’ when we turned Dragon Eggs into Eggs with Golden Coins inside! Our eggs became wonderful shaker instruments which we played in many fun ways and even had a Princess Parade! We heard about the wicked step mother who made a poison apple for her step daughter princess to eat and the fairy god-mother who gave the princess the magic words “Obsiwana” to protect her from the poison. Then we promptly made our own “Poison” apple and said “Obsiwana” over it before playing a pass the apple game. We heard about the frog prince, who was looking for his princess and about Princess Golden who was changed into a GoldFish by a wicked witch and how her fairy godmother turned her into a beautiful Golden Fish who became the protector of all Princesses! She brought us a delicious snack of Goldfish Colors and a special Princess Pet to always remember her! We made pet collars with bells to easily find our pets if a wicked witch was near and then danced with those and ribbon streamers as parents joined us. We ended our time with a gentle rocking and resting song with mom’s and dad’s before leaving to go home.

Children always notice beauty! Watch and read about this experiment…

May 13, 2007 at 9:12 pm | Posted in and more!, Blogroll, Joshua Bell, Music, Music Making, Musical Instruments, Ramblings, Washington Post | Leave a comment

Pearls Before Breakfast

Joshua Bell is one of the world’s greatest violinists. His instrument of choice is a multimillion-dollar Stradivarius. If he played it for spare change, incognito, outside a bustling Metro stop in Washington, would anyone notice?….

Click the title link to this article to find out what happened!

Thank you to Mollie McGinn for bringing this article to my attention!

Princess Day is May 19th!

May 1, 2007 at 6:11 am | Posted in and more!, Art, Blogroll, Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Princess Day, Ramblings, Singing | Leave a comment

Princess Day FlyerCome dance to princess music, sing princess songs, play princess games and read princess stories! 90-Minute class includes lots of princess activities, plus making princess crowns and wands, finding dinosaur eggs & turning them into shaker instruments and taking home your own special princess pet! We will even eat princess treats! $15.00 if you register by May 15th, $20.00 after that.

For your child 4-6 years old. Minimum 4 and Maximum 10 per class. Email me to register… kmclayton@mindspring.com

Watch video to benefit Autism Speaks.

May 1, 2007 at 6:05 am | Posted in and more!, Autism, Blogroll, Charities, Parenting, Ramblings | Leave a comment

Autism Speaks created a music video of the Five for Fighting song, “World”, which features images of autistic children and their families. It is a truly moving video and was the work of Bill Shea. The band is generously donating $0.49 to Autism Speaks for each time the video is viewed – the funding goes toward research studies to help find a cure. When you have a moment, please visit the link below to watch the video and pass it along to your friends and family.  They are aiming for 10,000 hits, but hopefully we can help them to surpass this goal.  http://www.whatkindofworlddoyouwant.com/videos/view/id/213154

We are back from Spring Break and ready!

April 17, 2007 at 4:02 am | Posted in and more!, Blogroll, Charities, Disabled American Veterans, Habitat for Humanity, Johnston County Artists in the Schools, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Musical Instruments, Parenting, Ramblings, Riverwood Street Festival, Singing, Voice Students | Comments Off on We are back from Spring Break and ready!

Spring break was needed, taxes were completed, a little organizing was done and a little rest was accomplished. Don’t you think it is hard to get everything done? I know I do.

Anyway, the count down to the end of semester is here and next week the 7th Annual Fred Smith Charity Challenge. I am coordinating the children’s stage and a booth for our studio and am looking for helpers! The date is April 28th and there are all kinds of opportunities for volunteers just let me know if you are willing!

This year’s Charities are Habitat for Humanity, Johnston County Disabled American Veterans, Johnston County Artists in the Schools, and Riverwood Middle and Elementary Schools. I hope to see you there! For more information link to http://www.fredsmithcharity.com


You Raise Me Up wonderful video

April 17, 2007 at 2:27 am | Posted in and more!, Animals, Babies, Blogroll, Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Ramblings, Singing, Voice Students | Leave a comment

Congratulations Junior Miss Johnston County!

March 25, 2007 at 4:29 am | Posted in and more!, Blogroll, Music, Ramblings, Singing, Voice Students | 1 Comment

My voice student, Breanna Williams, won the Junior Miss Johnston County Pageant today! Woohoo! Way to go Breanna! She sang “I Could Have Danced All Night!” This was Breanna’s first pageant and she did very well.

Wonderful article by Musician Mom, Rani Arbo…

March 25, 2007 at 4:25 am | Posted in and more!, Babies, Blogroll, Children's Music, Drums, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Music Together, Musical Instruments, Our Time, Parenting, Ramblings, Singing | Leave a comment

Please check out the following link to see an article at wondertime.com regarding a Musician Mom’s experience with her 2 1/2 year old and two music classes. Here is an excerpt:

“How does a musician mom get her toddler in tune with the joy of making music? She puts down her fiddle, grabs a plastic drum, and joins him in a beginners’ class.

My 2 1/2-year-old son, Quinn, is the victim of an uncommon affliction: two parents who make music for a living. The poor kid has averaged one U.S. state for every month of his life and has endured countless rehearsals, shows, and babysitters. He likes to set up Dad’s drum set, which is charming. My husband and I have been making music with him since the day he was born. Did we hope he’d learn to love it? Of course. Has he? That depends entirely on the packaging. …” http://wondertime.go.com/parent-to-parent/article/music-class.html

Sleepless in America by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka is Great!

March 22, 2007 at 4:08 am | Posted in and more!, Babies, Blogroll, books, Kindermusik, Music, Our Time, Parenting, Ramblings | Leave a comment

One of my favorite child development advice author’s is Mary Sheedy Kurcinka. Her newest book is now out in paperback and I can’t put it down. I will review it later but I just had to let you know…what insight I already see! Talk later…I’m reading now…Miss Julie

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