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Family Timers, remember our day at the park?  Our Timers, remember “buzz upon the flower, buzz upon my nose”?  Well, this man’s fingers really re-create that bee for you!  Wow!!

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Stay, Play and Learn Day at Babies R Us

Contact Babies R Us of Stonecrest Mall at 770-484-9697 to reserve a spot for you and your child in the class of your choice.  Each child registered for summer classes that day will receive a *free* Kindermusik t-shirt as well as a Kindermusik CD.

And don’t forget to tell your friends!  For every paid referral that lists you by name, you will receive a free $10 tuition credit toward your next class!

See you on Saturday, June 9th!

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If you’re feeling kinda pokey in the morning as I usually am and in need of a pick-me-up, just turn your speakers up and hit the arrow of this video. 

I guarantee you won’t be pokey any more! 😀

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Thanks, Molly!

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My grandfather served in World War I. 

My father served in World War II.

My brother served in the post-Vietnam War era.

All came back home to us.

Many others did not return to their families.

We remember them today and honor their sacrifice.

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“Your silent tents of green

We deck with fragrant flowers;

Yours has the suffering been,

The memory shall be ours.”

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow~

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I’m still laughing.  She hits this *right* on the head.  Enjoy!  😀

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I love my iPod.  I simply do.  It has undoubtedly been the best investment for me, as a music teacher, to have made for myself and my students.  I use it all the time in all of my classes, including my Kindermusik classes, with my private piano students and also my children’s choirs at my church.  I’ve used it in a room with one student and also in a regulation-sized gym with 80+ singing, shrieking children.  🙂

But I never thought of this particular situation – childbirth. 

Baby with an iPod

(illustration by Chris Obrion, The Roanoke Times)

For those of you expecting a new “bundle of joy”, an iPod can put a whole new spin on your birthing plans – for the better. 

According to Dr. Fred Schwartz, an Atlanta physician considered a trailblazer in the use of music in medicine, music can actually reduce the stress response in labor, thus making mom more comfortable, and, hopefully, a healthier baby. 

In an article published by the Roanoke Times, Schwartz is quoted as saying:

“The benefits are that [music] does, in a lot of patients, blunt the stress response, which actually can contribute to some problems during labor, such as decreased blood flow to the fetus,” said Dr. Fred Schwartz, an Atlanta physician considered a pioneer in using music as medicine.

“Music is extremely effective to decrease their discomfort,” he said.

With the versatility of the iPod, you can not only create your own personalized playlist of your very favorite songs and artists, but you can also even create different playlists for the different stages of labor to enhance relaxation efforts at those small, treasured moments between contractions and later pushing stages.

Keep in mind, however, that even the best laid plans or playlists can go awry, creating some unforgettable childbirth memories of their own.  

According to Karen Hawkins of the Associated Press, author of “Here I am baby, signed, sealed, delivered” :

Lua Hancock, 31, of Davie, Florida, was in the midst of having an emergency C-section with her first child when she decided to focus on the music coming from the anesthesiologist’s radio to calm her nerves.

The song playing?

“The First Cut is the Deepest” by Sheryl Crow

“At the time I even saw the humor in it,” Hancock said, still chuckling three years later.

 “I’m due in May with my second child, and that song will definitely be on [my iPod mix],” she said.  “That’s my C-section song.”

To read the article in its entirety, please follow this link.

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Meet John Young, one of my sources of inspiration to learn how to play the guitar.

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As a beginner guitarist (which description sounds rather ……… hmmmm, well, oxymoron-ish to me as a musician of almost 50 years now), I am amazed and in awe at what advanced guitarist friends can do effortlessly with their guitars – friends like Kim, Molly, and my own daughter, Bekah.  I’m still struggling with trying to remember how to finger C, F, and G7 chords – much less changing smoothly from one to another.    I enjoy listening and watching others play, and hope to be able to attain some degree of ability to share with my Kindermusik families in class someday. 

Last week I viewed an amazing video post on Molly McGinn’s blog entitled “I aspire” that just completely enthralled me.  This artist, KT Tunstall, was literally a one-woman band.  I encourage you to follow the link above and check it out for yourself.  She is an extremely talented artist and does things that I never even realized you could do with a guitar. 

This morning, however, as I responded to an email from a Youtube friend, I found myself reliving music from the 70’s and rediscovered someone there on Youtube that I hadn’t thought of in a while – Phil Keaggy who performed some of the most outstanding guitar riffs/solos of that time and since.  Keaggy is the guitarist’s guitarist, if you know what I mean. 

And what a pleasure to find out that his artistry hasn’t dimmed one bit over the years.  I think he’s actually better than ever – there is a maturity and freedom that is usually only seen in the complete artist when he or she has reached the point that they play simply for the joy of expressing themselves in their music.

So here is a video reply to Molly’s “I aspire”.  I can’t possibly aspire to be anything remotely comparable to this man and his talent, but I can keep plunking away at those C, F, and G7 chords and hopefully one day accompany my classes  in our “hello” songs. 

Enjoy!

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The Carnival of the Animals: Aquarium

by Camille Saint-Saens, 1886

Courtesy of Mindwalker Studios

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Last week in my Family Time class, during Gathering Time, we had a discussion about favorite read-alouds while enjoying the books in my basket.  One of my all-time favorite read-alouds for children is Ten in the Bed, illustrated by Penny Dale. 

 Ten in the Bed, illustrated by Penny Dale

There are other versions of this children’s classic; this one just happens to be the one that I prefer.  But the really neat thing is that there is also a children’s song that goes along with it.  You can easily sing the book rather than read it. 

Don’t know the tune?

Well, here’s a video of an adorable 4-year-old preschool class in Argentina singing and acting out the song that I found this morning as a result of checking my email.  A notice from an early childhood education group that I’m a member of prompted me to visit Youtube.com and “meet” a new member of our group who has posted videos there. 

The teacher of this class of 4 year olds is that new member and, as a result of the interaction of our online group, the music on the video is courtesy of Super Simple Songs of Japan, also a member.  You’ve seen their creativity here on my blog before.  So, get your child in your lap, turn up the sound, and enjoy this one together! 

Warning: You will probably have to see it more than once!  😉

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