Songs & Rhymes are Key for Literacy

This entry is from CMN member Liz Buchanan’s new blog on music and early literacy. Check out all of the articles here! By Liz Buchanan When I was growing up, it seemed most kids knew Mother Goose rhymes. These days that assumption no longer holds. In my summer camp for children aged six to eight, […]

Ellis Paul’s Songs Celebrate Heroes

A longtime favorite in the adult folk world, Ellis Paul recently joined CMN and will take part in a workshop panel about the music business at this fall’s CMN conference. He first got inspired to write kids’ songs when his own children were young. They’re now 10 and 7 – not teens yet, he said, […]

Stick Puppets! Easy as 1,2,3,4,5

This wonderful musical puppet lesson plan comes to us from member Karen Surratt. Puppets are a joy! Joy is what I see in the faces of children experiencing a program: seeing, hearing and participating. They are eager to help with puppet performances, and “controlled” helping adds to the entire learning process. The action provided by the use of […]

How a Children’s Music Award can help.

Member Jason Didner takes a turn to weigh in on the debate over the usefulness of Children’s Music Awards. Last winter I invested the $250 application fee for my entry into the Parents’ Choice Award – my debut kids/family album, “Everyone’s Invited!” I found out in April (I wasn’t contacted; I went online and found […]

Do Children’s Music Awards Add Value To Our Art?

Children and Family Musicians make up a large part of our membership, and many have won well-deserved awards for their music. The usefulness of such awards has been a source of some debate; member Paul Nye weighs in. By Paul Nye I’ve only been writing and performing children’s music for about 10 years, but one […]

You Can’t Make a Turtle Come Out on Throwback Thursdays

Member Tina Stone recommends this delightful classic by Malvina Reynolds. One of my fave old songs is Malvina Reynolds’ “You Can’t Make a Turtle Come Out”. Bring a puppet to demonstrate how, “a poke makes a turtle retreat at both ends” Have the children ‘Call him’, ‘coax him’, ‘shake him’,’ or ‘SHOUT’.  Then we sit and ‘quietly wait’…………….……..until he […]