How to get your kid to practice, Pt. 2

So, we’ve got: 1) Form a practicing habit. 2) Find motivating materials. 3) Practicing environment counts. Now on to : 4) Work through resistance. When I lived in Oregon about ten years ago, I had a jazz saxophone player friend who told me, “I practice everyday whether I want to or not.” Wow. This is … Continue reading How to get your kid to practice, Pt. 2

Music/Sound Play Ideas for Screen-Free Week, Apr. 30-May 6

I’d like to give a little shout-out for Screen Free week, April 30-May 6, sponsored by Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. Maybe a little screen time can be substituted with music play time this week. May is a busy month for most kids: weekends and weeknights are filled with piano and dance recitals, band concerts, … Continue reading Music/Sound Play Ideas for Screen-Free Week, Apr. 30-May 6

My Nebraska Vacation: Strawberry Fluff and the Thomas Color-Glo Organ from ’79

On our way home to Minnesota from Christmas vacation in Nebraska, we stopped to visit my grandma and her gentleman friend. I had never been to Mr. M’s house before and after sitting on the couch for awhile and chatting, I noticed a covered-up organ against the far wall. I politely asked if I could … Continue reading My Nebraska Vacation: Strawberry Fluff and the Thomas Color-Glo Organ from ’79