Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Flower Pots and Tin Cans

Tin Cans and Flower Pots make a great percussion instrument! Take any empty tin cans (soup, etc), make sure the sharp edges are crimped with plyers or filed down. Set them down and use wooden dowels or spoons to play them.
Clay Flower Pots make excellent sounding bell drums. Strike the pots near the rim with chopsticks or other light beater. The playing motion should be sideways against the sides of the pots near the rim. (advice from Bart Hopkin)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Snow and plains combine, To form a bond so divine, That nature itself bows. - L. Benson

Saturday, May 22, 2010

25,000 Years Ago! Vulture Bone Flute

Perhaps the earliest known musical instrument, a vulture bone flute found in Germany, dates back to 35,000 years ago. The foot-long flute, made from the naturaly hollow wing bone, has five finger holes and a v-shaped mouth piece.


Friday, May 21, 2010

Playing a musical instrument can reverse stress at the molecular
level, according to studies conducted by Loma Linda University School
of Medicine.

Ukulele Madness!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pie Pan Tambourine Craft

If keeping time to the music is your kids' favorite pastime, have them ring in some fun with this easy-to-make pie pan tambourine. You'll need to help them with a few of the steps here.

What You'll Need:
  • Foil pie pan
  • Nail
  • File or hammer
  • Jingle bells - Old Christmas bells, etc. Purchase at art store, drug store, 5 and dime store.
  • Yarn or string
Illustration of a boy playing with a pie pan tambourine
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.
A finished pie pan tambourine in action.
Step 1: Punch holes in the edges of an aluminum foil pie pan with a nail. Help kids smooth the sharp edges of the holes with a file or hammer.

Step 2: At each hole, tie a small jingle bell to the pan with yarn or string. Now jingle those bells -- you'll have a rhythmic adventure you won't be able to resist.

--- You can purchase bells at your local arts/craft store or toy store-----
Musical Instruments for Kids!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Music is a way to help focus children in the right direction.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Movies for kids: The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Singing in the Rain

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

After receiving keyboard lessons, preschool children in L.A. performed 34 % higher on tests for spatial-temporal reasoning than children who were either trained on computers.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Music changes the fabric of reality. Since kids are in the moment all the time they don't miss a beat!

Friday, May 7, 2010

"I don't care much about music. What I like is sounds."
-Dizzy Gillespie

Thursday, May 6, 2010

"When one teaches, two learn." - Robert Half

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"I've noticed that one thing about parents is that no matter what stage your child is in, the parents who have older children always tell you the next stage is worse." - Dave Berry

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate." Nikka - age 6 (we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Tim Cain: Doggie Song -
We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. ~Stacia Tauscher