I had a blast visiting libraries all over the front range of Colorado last year and last week I kicked off another great year with a lovely group of children and their families at the Schlessman Family Library in Denver . It was wonderful to see parents helping their children explore the instruments I brought along and even help them make their own. We talked all about instruments that are played when you STRIKE, SHAKE OR SCRAPE them.
Setting parents at ease at the very beginning on our time together is important to me. It’s not our job to be musicians in front of our children. It’s our job to be musical risk-takers. Whether we are listening to new kinds of music or putting ourselves out there with a little lyrical or instrumental improvisation when the mood hits, our children are watching us. They are learning from us and it’s so important to model a love and curiosity about all kinds of music.
On top of my visits to Colorado libraries, I’m thrilled to continue working with Scott Johnson on his social musical initiative World Singing Day. I love working alongside his wonderful team of enthusiastic kind hearted people.
Wish I was visiting your local library? Let your librarian know about me. I’d love to come and share my enthusiasm about music with your community.
Enjoying this wintry day. Stay ENTHUSIC out there!
Last week as I visited with some preschoolers at LaFayette Elementary school, I had so much fun talking with them about the instrument we are all born with... our voice! Lots of instrumental musicians have to pack up their music and their instrument into a case before they travel but one of the best things about using our voice as our instrument is that no suitcase is required other than our very own body! Taking good care of our body by eating good foods and exercising all take good care of our body which in turn, takes good care of our instrument.. our voice.
Use your voice to make a positive difference in the world!
I had a wonderful visit at Eagle Crest Elementary school today.
We talked about listening to
inner voice to help us make loving choices. When we do this, the love around us and inside of us grows!
It's fun to pull these songs
out of your bucket
when you need a little pick me up
or when you want to help a friend that might be feeling sad.
Fill up your bucket with songs!
I'll Do the Best I Can Today
Begin With the End in Mind
(c) Heather Stenner
Love Grows - (c) John Ferell
I Like Myself - (c) Pamela Robinson
I Celebrate Life - (c) Steve Eulberg