I recently had the honor of being interviewed by writer Dannye Chase for her delightful new project The Bright Side Blog. Dannye is as gifted an interviewer as she is a writer and we had a lot of fun discussing creativity and parenting along with many other things we have in common. Stop on over… Read More Interview with Dannye Chase
Joe and I are so grateful to everyone who came and participated in our talk Attunement; Unschooling with Autism this morning. Here are some related resources that have been very helpful for us: 1) The Sliver by Lori Pickert 2) Allowing Your Highly Sensitive Child to Shine with Unschooling by Anne Ohman Please feel free… Read More Attunement
My students, both the ones I gave birth to and the ones who come to me for a musical education, are used to me using sports analogies to illustrate ideas about technique and practice. We all have a good laugh about this instructional tendency of mine because I am the last person you would find doing… Read More Wheelhouse, Population 1
Magical March will not be complete without this coming Saturday’s annual music party by my students in the West Music Recital Hall. I have twenty five students performing who range from age 4 all the way up. One of my students, who studies harp with Malerie Weed, will be also performing on her harp. My… Read More Annual Music Party!
Atticus and I were recently honored to give a presentation on Irish music to our friends at the homeschool assistance program. Here we are singing “The Song of the Seal”. I still have trouble believing that my littlest baby boy is this big and mature. Bittersweet. He still has some baby left in him though.… Read More Bright spots
Yesterday it rained. I went to see my bandmate do an excellent presentation on writing and folk music. When I returned home, a superhero series had begun filming at my house. Naturally, we had to build a website.
The Cavan Fiddle Studio musicians put on a beautiful performance on March 31, 2012. Each of my students performed one of their favorite tunes so it was a fantastic mixture of many kinds of music, from Irish and Scottish traditional music to blues to folk songs to classical music and even a breathtaking original composition. I’m… Read More Spring Music Party
I’m trying not too think too hard about why we’re having such an absolutely beautiful early spring but it surely has made for some lovely walks! Liam took over the camera on our last walk to the library. This is Shady Patch, the little herb garden that Atticus planted (and named) last spring. I know less… Read More Walking in springtime
Liam has his very first piano performance coming up on March 31st and has been staging elaborate rehearsals with quite a colorful audience. Sam the dog is unimpressed but the rest of us are all very proud of his preparations (lift those wrists, son!). And what an audience! From left to right: Julie, Sockay, Toadie,… Read More Rehearsal
It’s really hot. We staggered to the library for storytime this morning and lurched home again but that was all the outside time that we could manage today. Susan Pagnucci was the guest storyteller today and she had some great ideas of ways to bring the story home, including a shadow puppet theatre! You know… Read More Shadow Puppets