EVPL Communities: FiddleChick@evpl's Blog Postshttp://evpl.org/community/blogs/All of FiddleChick@evpl's blog posts on the EVPL Communities site.en-USCommunityServer 2008 SP1 (Build: 30619.63) <![CDATA[Fun Ways to Learn About Classical Music]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2011/01/05/fun-ways-to-learn-about-classical-music.aspx Wed, 05 Jan 2011 10:25:00 G1T 2246 FiddleChick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2011/01/05/fun-ways-to-learn-about-classical-music.aspx to post your comments!

Classics for Kids is a radio station based out in Cincinnati Ohio where its host Naomi Lewin brings classical music's great composers to life through music and stories.  Within this website there is a bit of everything for everyone! Children and adults can listen to interviews of current renowned classical artists such as Keri-Lynn Wilson who holds three masters from the Julliard School of Music to opera singer Denyce Graves. Teachers and parents can also check out their teaching resources which give practical, effective plans and activities that use classical music to help children learn, and meet national and state standards.

However, within the website that is geared towards children and music education they also have a series of exciting games and quizzes you can play online! http://www.classicsforkids.com/games/

The Note Game was very enjoyable.  Not only do you have to place the correct letters beneath the notes but it plays the notes for you so that the student recognizes them tonally.  Also, some of the words are very silly which was a plus for me. 

Composers Time Machine was rather exciting for me.  Not only did it have the whirring noises and blinding lights of a time machine but the student can choose what musical time period they want to visit.  I visited the romantic period and clicked on Modest Mussorgysky.  Beneath a button titled pieces you can listen to their compositions.  I listened to "Gnomes" a selection from his composition Pictures from an Exhibition.  I was also able to learn some biographical information on his life.  However, if you want to REALLY learn about your composer click beneath the button "Shows" and you will hear Naomi Lewin tell you very funny yet educational information about the composer while you are serenaded by their own compositions.  Did you know that Mussorgysky was a potty mouth?! This is an EXCELLENT tool to use in the classroom not only to learn about composers but also listen to popular compositions that even many students may already be familiar with. 

Compose Your Own Music was very fun because it allows you to be very hands on like a composer.  The program lets you place notations on a staff and makes certain that you put the correct amount of notes within your music as indicated in your time signature.  So, if it's green it's a go.  If it's red, you've made a mistake somewhere.  Once you have completed your masterpiece the program will play your musical composition back to you.  Choose between Beginner and Advanced depending upon your musical capabilities and give it a go.  Who knows, you just may be the next Mozart. 

Rockin' Rhythm Master was super cool as my kids would say. Essentially you listen to the rhythms given to you and you repeat them back via your space bar.  Your level of ‘coolness' rises depending upon your abilities of mastering the rhythms.  The first level reached is the ‘Cool Rhythm Master,'the second level is the ‘Hot Rhythm Master' and the final level I shall leave up to you to figure out.  With each level successfully completed you can print out a certificate with your name to authenticate your abilities.

So give this website a try and I hope you have as much fun as I did exploring the wonderful world of music. 

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<![CDATA[Boom-a-Tunes for Preschoolers!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2010/12/08/boom-a-tunes-for-preschoolers.aspx Wed, 08 Dec 2010 13:07:00 G12T 2238 FiddleChick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2010/12/08/boom-a-tunes-for-preschoolers.aspx to post your comments!

For the past three years I have taught instrumental music lessons for 6-12 year olds at Central Library.  During this time many of the parents have asked, “When will you be offering this kind of program for preschoolers?”  Well parents, grandparents and guardians alike…I am FINALLY offering an instrumental program for preschoolers.  Just as I have begun a Boomwhacker program for ages 6-12 I have begun one for ages 3-5 called Boom-a-Tunes! 

So I bet you’re wondering, “What will you be teaching in this class and what in the world is a Boomwhacker?”  I’m glad you asked!  A Boomwhacker is a tuned percussion tube and when whacked it emits a specific note.  Think hand bell choir meets PVC pipes.  Boomwhackers are perfect for teaching as both an aural and visual aid.  With each tube they will be taught color recognition, rhythm and the relationship between size and pitch and create tactile and kinesthetic experience.  Basically, we are going to have TONS of fun while integrating some great learning materials with not only music concepts but colors, numbers, the alphabet all the while using our imaginations! 

As a private tutor in violin I also LOVE to incorporate some Suzuki methods while I am teaching in group settings such as this.  Thus I believe that this class will be a fun and exciting way to introduce your child to instrumental music.  And hey, if they really want to continue with instrumental music after the age of 5, I also have a great Boomwhacker course for ages 6-12 and Beginning Recorder class offered at Central Library.  And guess what the best part of this is?  These programs are completely free!

Registration for Boom-a-Tunes (ages 3-5) will begin December 16th.  To do so, either click on this link or call the READ Center at 812-428-8225.

This class will be offered Mondays at 10:00am.

If you have a child ages 6-12, they can register for Boomwhackers instead.  Registration also begins December 16th.  To do so, either click on this link or call the READ Center at 812-428-8225. 

This class will be offered Tuesdays at 4:30pm.

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<![CDATA[Mystery Theatre: Calling all 'Tween Detectives!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2010/07/22/mystery-theatre-calling-all-tween-detectives.aspx Thu, 22 Jul 2010 14:42:00 G7T 2178 FiddleChick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2010/07/22/mystery-theatre-calling-all-tween-detectives.aspx to post your comments!

Calling all 'Tween Detectives!  There has been a murder that MUST be solved!  Someone has murdered Professor Dodgson from the Department of Jabberwocky Studies at Central Library!  Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to follow the clues left behind by the murderer scattered about within the library. Register online or by calling the READ Center at 428-8225 in order to help us find the clues to reveal the culprit!

 

This program is for youth entering grades 5th - 8th.

For more information contact Christa Shipley at 428-8225.

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<![CDATA[Calling All Tweens: Open Mic Night this Friday! ]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2010/07/13/calling-all-tweens-open-mic-night-this-friday.aspx Tue, 13 Jul 2010 17:32:00 G7T 2174 FiddleChick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2010/07/13/calling-all-tweens-open-mic-night-this-friday.aspx to post your comments!

Are you eager to show off your latest poetry, short story, unique abilities or musical talents?  Do you have some excellent artwork to display? Join the ‘Tween Open Mic Night for the opportunity to show off your creative side. 

 

Each individual who registers to show their creative abilities on the stage will be allowed up to 3 minutes to show their stuff! 

 

Not feeling particularly creative, feel free to come and enjoy. Who knows? You might be inspired!

 

 

For further information, feel free to contact Christa Shipley at christas@evpl.org

 

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<![CDATA[Beginning Recorder Class Registration is OPEN!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2010/01/08/beginning-recorder-class-registration-is-open.aspx Fri, 08 Jan 2010 14:00:00 G1T 2000 FiddleChick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2010/01/08/beginning-recorder-class-registration-is-open.aspx to post your comments!

Central Library's Beginning Recorder Class is back!  I am excited to announce that it has officially been one year since this course has been implemented and over 70 students have participated in this two month course and played at our student recital. 

You might be wondering what this course costs.  Absolutely nothing!  As long as you or your child has a vaild EVPL card and are 6-12 years old they are eligible to take this course.  But remember, only 15 students are able to register for this course and seats go fast!   

To register for this course call the READ Center at 812-428-8225 or register online by clicking the link below.

Beginning Recorder Class Link

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<![CDATA[Holiday Harmony Multi-Cultural Event]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2009/10/09/holiday-harmony-multi-cultural-event.aspx Fri, 09 Oct 2009 12:21:00 G10T 1897 FiddleChick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2009/10/09/holiday-harmony-multi-cultural-event.aspx to post your comments!

We are currently looking for people to sing or speak the first verse of Silent Night in other languages.

In the past we have had the pleasure of hearing this verse in Swahili, Navajo, Dutch, German, Japanese and Gaelic.

Holiday Harmony 2007 U of E girl studentHoliday Harmony 2007 lighting candlesIf you or someone you know would be interested in participating in our Annual Holiday Harmony event, held Wednesday, December 16th at 5:30pm christas@evpl.org

We look forward to hearing from you!

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<![CDATA[Recorder Registrations Are Around the Corner]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2009/07/20/recorder-registrations-are-around-the-corner.aspx Mon, 20 Jul 2009 15:41:00 G7T 1691 FiddleChick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2009/07/20/recorder-registrations-are-around-the-corner.aspx to post your comments!

The fall season is right around the corner, as is the fall registration for the 4th season of our Beginning Recorder Classes. The Beginning Recorder Class will teach children basic skills in reading music, learning rhythm and defining musical terms while gaining an appreciation of music; a perfect course for kids interested in music and need somewhere to start. For those who have already taken the Beginning Recorder Classes, they may inquire about the Intermediate Recorder Classes that will also be offered again this fall.

Prerequisites for joining the Intermediate Recorder Class are as follows:

  • Former students of Central Library Beginning Recorder Class.
  • Ability to identify notes and metre.
  • Shows adequate knowledge of the notes B, A, G, C, and D.
  • Performed at student recital.

Recorder ClassAt the end of these 9 week courses, recorder class students will be expected to perform at the student class recital in order to graduate to the next level of their studies. Beginning Recorder Class sessions will be every Wednesday at 3:30pm starting September 2nd. Intermediate Recorder Class sessions will be every Friday at 3:30pm beginning September 4th.

Registration for both courses will be available Monday, August 17th at 9am. For more information, please contact Miss. Christa at christas@evpl.org

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<![CDATA[Recorder Classes Free to the Public]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2009/05/14/recorder-classes-free-to-the-public.aspx Thu, 14 May 2009 19:18:00 G5T 1501 FiddleChick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2009/05/14/recorder-classes-free-to-the-public.aspx to post your comments!

One of the first questions I am often asked when talking about the recorder classes offered at Central Library is, "How much will it cost?"  Well, thanks to generous grants from the Boer-Suhrheinrich Foundation, The George Mesker Music Trust and The James R. and Adelaid Duncan Foundation the cost is zero.  Well, that may not be completely true.  The total cost is time and as we all know time is money.  But what better way can your child spend the summer during these hard pressed times for cash?  Many parents who already have musical children who study privately, can tell you that for an hour lesson once a week on average can cost you around $35.00 dollars.  Multiply that by 4 and you get $140.00 a month.  Then you need to think about instrument costs.  Are you going to rent?  Are you going to own?  How much will it cost to maintain your childs instrument?  What about accidents?  All these questions can come into play when a child begins to ponder playing music.  Don't be worried or discouraged.  A great way to start your child on a musical path is to begin them on the recorder.  It's easy to maintain, hard to break (short of throwing it to the ground) and relatively easy to learn.  Learning the recorder can be a great experience for children to help them decide if music is for them.  Also, it can give them a great advantage when they are ready to move onto another instrument.  Once again, Central Library will be offering a Beginning Recorder Class for ages 6-12, an Intermediate Recorder Class for ages 6-12 and a Parent & Child Beginning Recorder Class for ages 6-12. 

The Beginning Recorder Class will teach children basic skills in reading music, learning rhythm and defining musical terms while gaining an appreciation of music.  A perfect course for kids interested in music and need somewhere to start. 

For those that are confused about the Parent & Child Recorder Class, it will be a beginner course in music.  However, the parents will also have an instrument and they will be encouraged to play alongside their children.  The reasoning behind this is so that parents can be active participants within their children's musical learning.  Sometimes parent's will find it frustrating when they can't help their child with their musical homework because, well, they can't read music.  This class teaches both the child and the parent so that they can help one another in this course. 

The Intermediate Recorder Class is specifically for students who have taken the Beginning Recorder Class offered at Central Library.  This course will delve deeper into musical studies and will give them an opportunity to meet with local professional musicians to decide where they can go in their musical career.  Such local professionals include Irish tenor flutists Graham K. Draughon and Micah Schweizer as well as tin whistler Daniel Craig, founder and member of Rowan Tree Irish Traditional Band of Evansville, Indiana.

Did I mention that these classes are free?

Interested in taking one of these courses or just plain curious?  Register by clicking on the appropriate link below. 

Beginning Recorder Class

Intermediate Recorder Class

Parent & Child Beginning Recorder Class

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<![CDATA[Supplemental Music Material for Children]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2009/03/31/supplemental-music-material-for-children.aspx Tue, 31 Mar 2009 14:30:00 G3T 1389 FiddleChick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2009/03/31/supplemental-music-material-for-children.aspx to post your comments!

I was fortunate to come across an amazing book that greatly helped me when teaching my recorder classes last October.  Because it was such a great resource, we decided that it would be wonderful to have a copy to circulate within the branches.  This book is called "Music Today and Every Day" by Tod F. Kline.  This resource compiles lessons and activities to develop children's musical literacy.  What makes this book so spectacular is that it is organized into three grade-level sections (K - 6) making it easy to use.  Depending on the level or grade the student is currently in will then be translated into the appropriate level  of depth the resource will go into when teaching music.  For example, when distinguishing the difference between loud and soft music, Level 1 (Grade Levels K-2) students are taught that just like animals, music can be loud and soft.  However, if you were teaching a student in Level 2 (Grade 3-4), they would then be taught to distinguish various music dynamics (loud and soft) by using the proper definitions such as pianissimo, piano, forte, fortissimo and etcetera.   I would highly recommend this book as a wonderful resource for teaching music. 

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<![CDATA[Father Goose: An Up and Coming Children's Music Artist]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2009/02/04/father-goose-an-up-and-coming-children-s-music-artist.aspx Wed, 04 Feb 2009 09:59:00 G2T 1210 FiddleChick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2009/02/04/father-goose-an-up-and-coming-children-s-music-artist.aspx to post your comments!

If you haven’t noticed, musical artists are finally recognizing children as a target audience.  However, if you are anything like me, you don’t want to be stuck listening to Barney or the Wiggles for days as their music is truly not that stimulating.   Believe it or not, parents want to have fun with their children while stimulating their children’s minds.  Music is an outlet many are looking to.  Wayne Rhoden, also known as Rankin Don in dance halls in Jamaica, is a new up and coming children’s music artist.  To children, he is known as Father Goose.  His new solo album “It's a Bam Bam Diddly” is a compilation of songs he has heard and sang as a child with his own “twist.”  This album which is also produced by Dan Zanes, a well known children’s artist, helps make this C.D. an exciting and fun compilation for children to sing and dance to.  Special appearances are made by Father Goose’s mother, Dan Zanes, Sheryl Crowe and various other musical artists.  This is a MUST listen. 

 

For more information about Father Goose, click the link below for his interview with NPR.

 

Father Goose: ‘It’s a Bam Bam Diddly’

 

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<![CDATA[Want to try a fun music program for your child?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/12/18/want-to-try-a-fun-music-program-for-your-child.aspx Thu, 18 Dec 2008 15:06:00 G12T 1028 FiddleChick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/12/18/want-to-try-a-fun-music-program-for-your-child.aspx to post your comments!

This year’s 3rd Annual Holiday Harmony event was a great success! Firstly I want to thank all of the EVPL staff who volunteered their times to make this celebration a great success.

                               

If you don't already know, Holiday Harmony is a wonderful program that happens once a year around Christmas time. Our core focus during this program is to celebrate various cultures/beliefs during this holiday season (December) through song and live instrumentation. Rowan Tree, traditional Irish band and 2006 Evansville Living Magazines voted "Best Place to Spend a Sunday Evening," was present and in top form by accompanying our "Silent Night" singers who sang in various languages ranging from Navajo to Japanese. Signing Hands, a class directed by Miss Lola Snyder at Central Library, were also present that evening to not only sign a verse of "Silent Night" but also sign a Christmas favorite "Up on the Housetop." This year, we were also able to begin a new music program at Central Library called the Beginning Recorder Class. Under my own direction, this 7 week course teaches children between the ages of 6 - 10 how to play the recorder, read music, clap rhythms, know musical terms and eventually compile all of their knowledge by performing at the Holiday Harmony event. This course will be offered again in March of 2009 and will span a total of 2 months (9 weeks) and will end with a recital to be held at Central Library. Parents will be able to sign up their children in February. Limited seats will be available so mark it in your calendars! Also, parents who sign up their children must attend all rehearsals as well as the recital.

For more information about the Beginning Recorder Class or other music programs held at Central Library, you are more than welcome to leave me a message on my blog or e-mail me at christas@evpl.org

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<![CDATA[Thanksgiving Tunes are Slim Pickn's]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/11/21/thanksgiving-tunes-are-slim-pickn-s.aspx Fri, 21 Nov 2008 14:27:00 G11T 911 FiddleChick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/11/21/thanksgiving-tunes-are-slim-pickn-s.aspx to post your comments!

As I was getting ready for my program, Music Mania, I did what I always do; I research tunes that I can play on violin or guitar.  However, I didn't expect Thanksgiving to be an underappreciated musical holiday.  Of course, many may already know that "Over the River and Through the Woods" would be a spectacular tune to play as it is a Thanksgiving song.  However, it’s not a very interactive song and at times...these kids get bored fast if you don't keep them moving.  So, what did I do?  I changed up the lyrics on a few tunes I already had and created some new ones as well.  One song in particular that I really enjoyed was a traditional mountain music song I found which held only one verse and one refrain.  I ended up creating 3 new verses by finding a silly Thanksgiving poem and inserting the refrain after every verse. 

 

Turkey Song

 

As I came over yonders hill,

I spied a mighty turkey,

he flapped his wings and he spread his tail,

and his feet looked awful dirty. 

 

Refrain

Fol-link-a-tidy,

Fol-de-link-a-tidy-o,

Fol-link-a-tidy,

and his feet looked awful dirty. 

 

I'm full of tomatoes,

and french fried potatoes,

my stomach is swollen and sore,

but there's still some dessert,

 so I guess it won't hurt,

if I eat just a little bit more. 

 

Refrain

 

Using tunes with simple refrain or chorus are always the best to use with children; especially if they are silly and easy to learn. 

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<![CDATA[Beginning Recorder Class in Evansville Parent Magazine]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/10/29/beginning-recorder-class-in-evansville-parent-magazine.aspx Wed, 29 Oct 2008 15:01:00 G10T 795 FiddleChick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/10/29/beginning-recorder-class-in-evansville-parent-magazine.aspx to post your comments!

Within the November 2008 issue of Evansville Parent magazine, myself along with Rowan Tree are featured under the paragraph titled: The Library.  "A special course will be beginning on Nov. 5 at Central Library for elementary-school children interested in learning about music."  I will be teaching a Beginning Recorder Class where the students will eventually perform at our Annual Holiday Harmony event alongside traditional irish group Rowan Tree.

 Below is a link you can follow to see the issue.  The article is on page 8.

http://www.evansvilleparent.com/current.htm

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<![CDATA[The Laurie Berkner Songbook is a MUST!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/10/24/the-laurie-berkner-songbook-is-a-must.aspx Fri, 24 Oct 2008 08:45:00 G10T 770 FiddleChick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/10/24/the-laurie-berkner-songbook-is-a-must.aspx to post your comments!

First, I must say how much I love and enjoy my job.  I'm sure many librarian's already know of Laurie Berkner, but for those of you who do not, Laurie Berkner is a former rock musician turned children's musical artist.  She is perhaps one of the greatest composer's/musician's to grace this genre.  I thoroughly enjoy her music and so do the kids.  Her songs are very interactive and make children WANT to be involved (so it makes our jobs just a little bit easier).  Recently I had come across her newest songbook "The Laurie Berkner Songbook" and have truly enjoyed it!  This easy to read song book is not only notated, but it also has easy piano notes, vocals, and guitar chords.  For those that integrate musical instruments (ie guitar, piano, violin, etc.) within their children's program this is a great resource.  I loved this book so much I ended up going out to buy it!  I use it often with my program Music Mania by playing the guitar chords while singing the songs and the kids go wild over it (REALLY!  I'm not exaggerating!)!! 

So, whether you want to check it out the songbook, or perhaps check out some of her c.d.'s, one thing is for sure...you will LOVE the silly lyrics and fun songs.

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<![CDATA[Beginning Recorder Class Registration Open!]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/10/08/beginning-recorder-class-registration-open.aspx Wed, 08 Oct 2008 13:00:00 G10T 707 FiddleChick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/10/08/beginning-recorder-class-registration-open.aspx to post your comments!

Learn the Recorder!

This course will help children learn basic skills in reading music, learning rhythm, and defining musical terms while gaining an appreciation of music.  At the end of this course, students will perform a selected repertoire for the Holiday Harmony event Wednesday, December 17th.  Click on the link above to register TODAY!  Seats are filling up fast! 

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<![CDATA[Music Mania's Special Guests: Tales & Scales]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/09/24/music-mania-s-special-guests-tales-amp-scales.aspx Wed, 24 Sep 2008 08:29:00 G9T 631 FiddleChick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/09/24/music-mania-s-special-guests-tales-amp-scales.aspx to post your comments!

As a former Teaching Artist of Tales & Scales, I am SO happy to present the Tales & Scales Musictelling Company as our special guests at Music Mania this Friday, September 26th at 4:00 pm in the Central Library Lobby.  This open reahearsal will last one hour and give patrons an opportunity to witness first-hand the process that Tales & Scales goes through to create and refine their musictelling performances, plus, get a sneak preview of some of their 2008-2009 musictales!  Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to see the Tales & Scales musictellers at work!

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<![CDATA[Teaching Music Appreciation for Children]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/09/18/teaching-music-appreciation-for-children.aspx Thu, 18 Sep 2008 15:38:00 G9T 596 FiddleChick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/09/18/teaching-music-appreciation-for-children.aspx to post your comments!

Sometimes individuals see music as something only a trained professional can do or teach.  In learning a specific instrument and to one day perform or teach it for a living you may be right.  However, there are some things you can do as a parent, relative or teacher to help young children learn about the world around them through music. 

Having a background and a degree in music can give you a distinct advantage, but as I have also worked with young children for many years (not only as a librarian but as a Teaching Artist for Tales & Scales) I quickly learned that the children do not come to your program to grade you on how proficient you are in music, they come to have fun!  And we as educators should make it fun.  But if you are not sure about picking up an instrument or have never palyed one before, try using hand-helds or other various percussion instruments!  There is never a time that I haven't had at least one child go for my hand-held instrument's before going to my violin.  These are such useful tools in teaching not only musical terms such as dynamics and rhythm, but they are also very useful for creating a whole different world.  When reading a story to a child, don't just read it...interact within the story to the child.  This week's theme for Music Mania is Animals.  One of the various songs we will be singing is about different animals and one of them just happens to be a rattlesnake.  I would then ask a child to pick out an instrument that best represents a rattlesnake.  Generally they would go for the maraca's and just shake it.  However, this just won't do during Music Mania...you can't just shake the maraca's to be a snake, you have to TRANSFORM into the snake (this is the part where they crawl all over the floor and shake the maraca's).  You can use this example for other animals as well.  A tambourine can be transformed into a dog collar by placing it around your neck as you bark like a dog. 

Teaching music appreciation can be fun!  Don't be worried about looking silly, just have fun with it! 

 

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<![CDATA["Banjo Granny"]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/09/10/quot-banjo-granny-quot.aspx Wed, 10 Sep 2008 14:43:00 G9T 489 FiddleChick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/09/10/quot-banjo-granny-quot.aspx to post your comments!

As I was looking for books patrons could check out that tied into my theme of the week (Folk Music) for Music Mania, I found a great book called "Banjo Granny" by Sarah Martin Busse & Jacqueline Briggs Martin.  At the very beginning of the book there is a song written for the author's grandon (Jacqueline)/ son (Sarah).  It is a delightful book of how a grandmother who happens to play banjo travels across the country to see her grandchild and play bluegrass music for him.  This book actually reminded me of a previous childrens librarin, Beth Reasoner, who moved up north in Indiana to be closer to her own grandson.  She also happens to be guitarist as well!  So, for all of you cool grandmothers or mothers with a pretty cool mom who plays an instrument, this just may be the book for you!

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<![CDATA[Woody Guthrie ALWAYS makes folk music fun ]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/09/08/woody-guthrie-always-makes-folk-music-fun.aspx Mon, 08 Sep 2008 11:21:00 G9T 430 FiddleChick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/09/08/woody-guthrie-always-makes-folk-music-fun.aspx to post your comments!

This weeks theme for Music Mania is "Folk Music."  By folk I of course mean "American Folk" or "Mountain Music."  Of course, I already believe no matter what age you are, you are going to love folk music because of its peppy energy and silly lyrics.  But, it never hurts to find some great resources to translate that to children and make it fun and interesting for them.  That's why I would recommend "Woody's 20 Grow Big Songs."  This comes as a C.D. within the EVPL system but it was also published as a book with lyrics and music.  We no longer have the book, but it DOES still come in print (Check out Amazon.com)!  This book also has guitar tabs for you to use as a guide to learning these wonderful songs.  So, check it out!

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<![CDATA[Children and how they can learn about composers]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/09/04/children-and-how-they-can-learn-about-composers.aspx Thu, 04 Sep 2008 13:43:00 G9T 387 FiddleChick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/09/04/children-and-how-they-can-learn-about-composers.aspx to post your comments!

This week's theme for Music Mania is Composers!  As I imagine, like many teachers, I wondered for a moment how I was going to get kids into learning about composers.  I was able to come across a great C.D. called "Peter Ustinov reads The Orchestra."  This C.D. is actually based from the book by Mark Rubin.  In this C.D. Peter Ustinov narrates to children about various subjects including composers.  So, I took this narration from a Tales & Scales standpoint by asking the children what THEY would do if they were composers while giving them hints on what a composer would look for when creating music (dynamics, tempo, melody, harmony, tone color, etc).  Do we want our music loud, soft or in between?  Do we want our music fast, slow or in between?  I of course have a piece of music in mind that is familiar to the children and would play this excerpt on my violin fast, slow, in between as well as loud, soft and in between.  Of course, there are so many more places you can go when composing music so feel free to branch from this C.D. and beyond.  Hopefully this will be a great tool for others just as it has been for me. 

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<![CDATA[Breathing new life into the music world]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/08/26/breathing-new-life-into-the-music-world.aspx Tue, 26 Aug 2008 09:17:00 G8T 281 FiddleChick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/08/26/breathing-new-life-into-the-music-world.aspx to post your comments!

 

You may notice after a period of time that your own child may become bored with their studies within classical music.  Don't be discouraged or worried!  As a classically trained musician I also went through a period of time where I became bored.  Sometimes you become used to one type of song and dance.  It wasn't until I was 16 that I began experimenting with different genres of music and was introduced to a violinist who was breathing new life into the music world.  Her name is Vanessa Mae.  A classically trained violinist as well, but brings the classics into what she describes as "violin techno-acoustic fusion."  By taking classical pieces and giving them a new edge she updates the classics and makes them relevant and interesting to today’s age of children while still maintaining the integrity of the compositions.  Another woman I found who makes this era of music exciting and new is Petra Berger.  As a vocalist who is compared to the likes of Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion, this native Dutchwoman is TREMENDOUSLY musical and takes popular operetic pieces and gives it a new spin. 

 

To take a look at both of these ladies click on the hyperlinks below.

 

Vanessa Mae

 

Petra Berger

 

 

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<![CDATA[How to make classical music fun for kids]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/08/25/how-to-make-classical-music-fun-for-kids.aspx Mon, 25 Aug 2008 14:21:00 G8T 274 FiddleChick@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/08/25/how-to-make-classical-music-fun-for-kids.aspx to post your comments!

I've noticed not only as a former child musician but now as an adult musician/teacher that getting young children interested in classical music is almost like pulling teeth!  Some kids just aren't interested in the classics.  So, how do you get them interested?  The Director of Education at the Evansville Philharmonic introduced me to an amazing C.D. titled "Beethoven's Wig: Sing A-Long Symphonies."  I kid you not; you will laugh aloud just like I did when you hear the lyrics to the most recognizable classical music such as Beethoven's 5th Symphony.  The lyrics you may ask? 

Beethoven's Wig is very big
Beethoven's wig is long and curly and it's white
Beethoven takes his wig off when he sleeps at night
Because it's big

This C.D. amongst many new additions is available at EVPL (Beethoven's Wig: Sing A-Long Symphonies).  Check it out!  I guarantee your children will love it!

Beethoven's Wig Website: http://www.beethovenswig.com/

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