Monthly Archives: August 2011

Violin Conversation

Our daughters, Amelia and Lila, both play the violin. Last Saturday evening, while the grown-ups sat at a table in the backyard letting the night fall, and the other kids raced around, pulling each other in the red wagon, the … Continue reading

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Resting in Music (and in Life)

One of my favorite musical things to teach kids about is how sneakily often a song can be composed of silences among the sounds. Well-placed silences. Just as a portrait of a lady can be mostly made up of the … Continue reading

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Guitar Lessons for Parents

For the past eight weeks, a group of us–well, really two groups–have gathered on Wednesday nights in Cradle, a haven for new parents on the third floor of Thornes Marketplace. This workshop came about because some parents asked me to … Continue reading

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What musical adventures have you had this summer with your family?

Ukuleles have served as part of the soundtrack of our summer. We have a new neighbor who arrived with a slew of these simple, pleasing, accessible instruments. Our whole family is delighting in their plucky sound. You can pick up … Continue reading

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You don’t have to be superman to play the harmonica, but it might help.

The harmonica is one of the easiest, most pleasing instruments in the hands of a preschooler. Choose the key of the harmonica- it’s listed on the top where the metal is attached to the wood. Then play songs in that … Continue reading

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Why We Practice #1

Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that never was before and will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, … Continue reading

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