Category Archives: Music and Movement

The Value of Dance in the Lives of Children: An Interview with Kharen Westbye

 “Let us first teach little children to breathe, to vibrate, to feel, and to become one with the general harmony and movement of nature. Let us first produce a beautiful human being, a dancing child.”  ~Isadora Duncan For over 10 … Continue reading

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Celebrating Lunar New Year in Kindergarten

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” — Chinese Proverb The Lunar New Year, a celebration which takes place between January 21st and February 20th , is a special time that the children I have taught truly … Continue reading

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A Weekend at the Sweetwater Music Festival

“Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence and whereto.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson From September 16th to the 18th, I was … Continue reading

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Upbeat Books about Drums

 “Life is about rhythm. We vibrate, our hearts are pumping blood, we are a rhythm machine, that’s what we are.” ~ Mickey Hart Drums have had an important role in my life.  My older brother started taking lessons when he … Continue reading

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Dazzling Picture Books about Dance

“The world is full of poetry.  The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness.”  ~ James Gates Percival This summer I attended the Dusk Dances at Withrow … Continue reading

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On Being a Workshop Presenter

“We learn from trying new things. We learn from other artists as well. In workshops I like to start by saying that I plan to learn from the students while they learn from me.”  ~ Robert Bissett On March 7, … Continue reading

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The Power of Professional Development

“A Great Teacher is like a fountain; she draws from the still deep waters of personal growth and professional knowledge to serve others from her abundant overflow.” ~ Wynn Godbold Today I delivered my workshop, Musical Links to Literacy, to … Continue reading

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Fabulous Picture Books about Jazz

“Jazz music is America’s past and its potential, summed up and sanctified and accessible to anybody who learns to listen to, feel, and understand it.  The music can connect us to our earlier selves and to our better selves-to-come. It … Continue reading

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Music for Infants, Toddlers and Those Who Teach and Care for Them

“A  good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” ~ Brad Henry Recently I delivered a workshop to an amazing group of Early Childhood Education students at George Brown College.  Specifically, I was asked … Continue reading

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Friendship Soup

“Soup is the song of the hearth…  and the home.” ~ Louis P. De Gouy Last week, a group of children collaborated to make “Friendship Soup.” What better way to celebrate the approach of Thanksgiving than to prepare a special … Continue reading

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