Enthusic Music in the Denver Post

This past week has been so much fun!   With a visit to Eric Community library and Rocky Mountain Elementary School, my passion for sharing music with young people, their families and their teachers has yet again been renewed!  I was thrilled to share my "We Are All Composers" program with a group of children at the library and the Denver Post dropped in to check it out.   The pre-schoolers at Rocky Mountain Elementary School sang and danced with me in my "Bloomin Music" program.  Giving exposure to the fun you can have with music in your life is one of my favorite parts of working with young people!   

Holiday Sing Along Slideshow - NEW RELEASE!

EDITABLE
Google Slideshow
featuring
over 80+
Holiday Favorites!

Perfect for any setting-classroom, office, home, caroling

Hosting a classroom, school wide
or in home sing-along this holiday season?  
This slideshow will save you hours
of prep time and includes over 80 holiday favorites with a wide variety of popular, sacred and winter festival songs.   

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:

* PDF includes a link to download your copy of an [EDITABLE] 100+ Google Slide Presentation - Holiday Sing-Along  featuring over 80 different sacred and secular favorites of the holiday season.   Slides include historical information and are linked to SafeYouTube videos to listen/watch each of the songs.

*  Within the Slideshow you will find the Mixed Up Carols Holiday Tunes Challenge. Just click the link and run a Kahoot game with the challenge. 

There’s over 80 hours of work inside this project that YOU don’t have to do!


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IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT COPYRIGHTED MUSIC!

It is NOT LEGAL to publish the lyrics of copyrighted songs without permission.

40 of the songs included in this slideshow/song sheets ARE IN PUBLIC DOMAIN.  
42 of the songs included in this slideshow/song sheets ARE NOT IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN.  

What does that mean to you?

That means that when a song is in the public domain, it’s ok to share the lyrics and melody without permission from the composers. When you see one of these songs in the slideshow or in the song sheets, you will find the lyrics and your group can probably sing them acapella easily.
  
When a song is NOT in the public domain, it means it is NOT LEGAL to share the lyrics so I have provided a short history about the song and perhaps some information about the recording artists that performed them or made them famous.  The songs are all linked to an online video and sometimes the lyrics are shared there.
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VIDEO LINK INFORMATION:  
Countless hours were spent searching for just the right video for each song.  I wanted to expose singers to a wide variety of musical genres so you will find videos of all kinds.  There are videos featuring groups such as  Pentatonix, Gwen Stefani, Burle Ives, The Boston Philharmonic, Faith Hill,  Julie Andrews, Nat King Cole, Chuck Berry, Michael Jackson, Bing Crosby just to name a few.   With over 80 songs included, there are over 100 videos hyperlinked throughout both documents because some songs have two or three different video links.   

SafeYouTube:  I’ve also taken a great deal of time to share those videos safely.   Unless video permissions don’t allow for 3rd party sharing, all of the YouTube videos are displayed with a SafeTouTube link so there’s none of that YouTube junk going on all over the screen for your easily distracted singers.
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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THIS PRODUCT:

*IN THE CLASSROOM/ASSEMBLY or PERSONAL HOME SETTING:

Project the Slideshow onto your classroom screen, be sure you’ve got an internet connection and a quality sound system, and start singing together!


*IF YOU ARE GOING CAROLING:
If you plan to walk around and carol, I may suggest selecting one strong singer in your group who could carry a device (chrome book, iPad or other device)  and they could be the lyric leader for everyone else to follow..   Most people just need a reminder on what verse comes next and then often times they all know the chorus.  And really...who wants to see a group of carolers all staring at their own devices anyway right?  The goal is to sing together and pass along smiles and good wishes for the holidays!

HAVE FUN OUT THERE AND SING YOUR HEART OUT! 
MUSIC BRINGS THE WORLD TOGETHER!
 

We Are All Composers - A Music Exploration Class for Young People

Excited to get children thinking about the
power of music
in their own lives!
  

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Heather Stenner

Heather Stenner has a passion for life! Her passions play out with music and children of all ages. Heather grew up in the Midwest and realized the importance of each day from a very young age. Her mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor when Heather was only 5. The doctors gave her mother 6 months to live. It was during the next 15 years that Heather developed her charismatic and joyful course for her own life! Her mother showed her strength and courage and an intense compassion for others and their suffering. Her mother passed away when Heather was 20 years old. Heather vowed she would continue to live each day as if it were her last. To treat people with compassion and believe in the love we all share for one another. At the age of 37, she became an orphan. Her father passed away from pancreatic cancer. Through it all, Heather realized that MUSIC was one of her coping mechanisms to deal with all the stress that cancer brought into their families lives. She vowed to share her love of music with children, so that it might also be a positive force in their lives! To this day, Heather creates music that has soul and passion. She hopes everyone will remember with the dawning of each day; we are all musical. Feel it in your soul. Keep it to yourself... or give it away.

Singing from Austria!

My heart grew a bunch last Friday when I received a video of the song "There's a House in the Middle of the Town" from a group of school children in Austria.  They tackled this challenging add-on song in English and really nailed it!  Keep up the good work!