Musical Puzzle Pieces by Joanie Calem

Member Joanie Calem wrote this detailed breakdown of using basic musical concepts in an early-childhood music class. I begin all of my music classes by introducing what I have called “The Musical Puzzle Pieces.” Though there are many possibilities, I chose to focus on the following five elements in my pre-school and elementary music programs: […]

Partner Spotlight: Rainbow Songs

Rainbow Songs, based in Toronto, offers classes that focus on a holistic approach to music, movement and language. Director Mike Whitla recently responded to questions from the CMN Blog. What is your mission? To bring music into people’s daily lives in a meaningful way. One of the by-products of this mission is joy and sense […]

CMN’s Keynote Panel for the 2014 International Conference!

Written by member Jenny Heitler-Klevans. Roots and Branches: Growing into the Future of Children’s Music Our featured panelists will discuss the changing landscape of children’s music while recognizing our culture and heritage. As the world changes at a faster pace each day, the way we listen to and interact with music and technology is in […]

A celebration of “firsts.” by Jason Didner

This is a re-post from member Jason Didner’s blog. For many of us working with children, the beginning of the school year feels more like a time for new things and resolutions than January 1st! “For the first time in forever…” sings Princess Anna in the Disney movie Frozen, feeling like her life’s just beginning. I […]

Summertime on Throwback Thursdays

Member Stuart Stotts shares this beautiful American masterpiece. I love the song “Summertime” by George Gershwin, with lyrics by DuBose Heyward from the opera Porgy and Bess. I’ve sung it with kids and families for years. It’s so evocative, and it’s a good minor key song. I’ve learned how much kids like singing in minor […]