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Suzuki Breakthrough: Symphony Nanny Nanny Boo Boo

My kids had graduation recitals in November. Grad recitals are a Suzuki violinist’s rite of passage, where the young violinist moves from book to book, or in Johnny’s case, out of Twinkles and into the land of “Go Tell Aunt … Continue reading

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How to Overcome (Song)Writer’s Block

Nerissa and Katryna debuting new songs at the Parlor Room in Northampton, October 12, 2013 A few months ago, I was struggling to write songs. This fact totally shocked me. I have been a songwriter from the age of 13, … Continue reading

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Nields Family HooteNanny October, November, December! Sign Up Now!

The first NFH was a huge success;, thanks to you for coming and singing and playing! We had 20 families, which is our goal number, at First Churches in the parlor room. Highlights for me were having Caleb play fiddle, … Continue reading

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Nields Family HooteNanny Starting Sunday Sept 22!

Nields Family HooteNanny! Full Family Fireless Campfire Chorus Sing-along and Jam-along Created and led by Nerissa and Katryna Nields  It’s been seven years since we started HooteNanny, our early music class. Since then, we’ve expanded to include HooteNanny Singers, HooteNanny … Continue reading

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Wild Mountain Thyme, Guitar Part

A beautiful song for summer time, now that the summer is really coming. Here’s how to play it on guitar.

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If You Want to Sing Out Sing Out

My guitar class is learning this song to perform in The Day the Music Thrived, a concert/barnraiser/awareness raiser/fundraiser for Yes! Northampton to encourage the town of Northampton MA to say YES! to an override to raise taxes to support (among … Continue reading

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Live Music Soothes Excellent story in the New York Times about the benefits of singing to preemies. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/15/health/live-music-soothes-premature-babies-a-new-study-finds.html?pagewanted=all&_r=2&

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The Importance of Music Education

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of holding a baby just 10 days old. It was mid afternoon, and I was guessing her poor mama hadn’t really slept since the birth. Elle and I took turns cuddling the … Continue reading

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All the Pretty Little Horses

I am teaching this wonderful lullaby to my HooteNanny Parent Guitar class, which meets on Tuesdays in my living room. We are learning first position, mostly 3-chord songs this winter, but everyone loves fingerpicking. This fingerpick is called an arpeggio, … Continue reading

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The Fox

“The Fox” is one of the first songs Katryna and I ever learned. Our father sang it to us frequently, and there’s a recording of our baby sister Abigail, age 2 or so, singing along on the “town-o’s.” It’s an … Continue reading

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