Archive Monthly Archives: April 2011

Psst! It’s okay to celebrate after the holiday.

I had many grand plans for celebrating Easter, and Easter came and went.  Sure, the kids got to go to an egg hunt, and most importantly we had a great Sunday at church and at home, talking about the true meaning of Easter.  But the Easter Bunny missed our house somehow, and in this context, […]

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Music Notation assignment number three

Mary had a Little LambClick here for pdf New skills for this assignment include: Dotted notes, adding lyrics, selecting and deleting measures, and adding repeats. Open a new file in Musescore. Give it the title, “Mary had a Little Lamb”.  The composer is Lowell Mason, and the lyricist is Sarah Josepha Hale.  Create new score […]

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Rhythm Solfege verses Counting

This post is in answer to a question from Sarah from the post “rhythm blocks”.  Sarah asks: “Do you think this (rhythm solfege) may be better than teaching them ‘semibreve has 4 counts. minim has 2 counts, etc and having them clap the counts?” My short answer, and this is only my opinion, is that it […]

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Music Notation assignment number two

Tip:  Print out assignment (found here) before starting so you will have a hard copy to refer to.  You may want to print out the instructions too. New skills in this exercise include accidentals, blocked intervals, and rests. Finished assignment should look like this. One more tip:  Sometimes it may be hard to select (highlight) […]

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Children’s Opera, Part V, Rehearsal and Performance

Click here for part I Click here for part IV And now we reach our final chapter in which the children rehearse and otherwise prepare for the glorious occasion of performing their masterpiece for friends and family.  In this final stage, remember that it is still the children’s work, so trust them. Costumes With the […]

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Children’s Opera, Part IV, Composing the Accompaniment

Click here for part I Click here for part II Click here for part III Note:  This portion of the series assumes that you have some basic piano and composition skills.  If not, you may want to hire or otherwise enlist the help of a pianist or composer. At first the prospect of composing an […]

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Fun with cardboard boxes

When we recently visited my in-laws for the weekend, they had a special surprise for my children.  Three large cardboard boxes from the local appliance store!  Each one was cut differently to make a play house, and the children loved it.  We lay down a painting tarp for a make-shift carpet.  On this side you […]

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Music Notation assignment number one

See my Musecore e-course page for information the context of this assignment.  It may be helpful to watch musescore’s “getting started” videos before doing these assignments. Download MuseScore if you haven’t already.  Open Musescore.  Go to “File” and create a new document.  In the title space type “Notation assignment 1”  Leave the rest blank unless […]

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Children’s Opera, Part III, The Vocal Score

Click here for part I Click here for part II This is the rehearsal that the children have been waiting for!  Today they will compose the melody for the opera.   Materials for the teacher Script from last week A voice recorder (highly critical!) A notepad and paper for changes Step one:  Review and revise […]

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Confessions from the potty trenches

It may not have the most page views, or be the best post that I’ve ever written, but among the people I know in person, my EC post (Elimination Communication, or Infant Potty Training) is the number one post to be talked about.  People I know in person e-mail me about it, ask me about […]

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