Friday, October 16, 2009
Starting my career at Kindermusik after the infamous Molly McGinn had already left, I never had the pleasure of working with her. Of course, her name is still used around the Kindermusik universe with great reverence. We recently tracked her down and asked for access to this blog so there wouldn't be any confusion about where Kindermusik's "official" blog lives.
On arriving here I find that Molly had racked up 606 posts in the time she maintained this blog. That's astounding and jaw-droppingly impressive. Some of the content is silly, some informative, some random, some laser focused. All of it's valuable, and I'm glad it lives on on the web.
To keep up with the latest and greatest at Kindermusik and the world of music and childhood development, please come join us at Minds on Music. We'll have contributions from educators, Kindermusik employee-owners, and guest writers. Thanks. Hope to see you there.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
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Wednesday, January 30, 2008
on a pc, hit "ctrl" + "print screen", then go into a paint program and
paste it ("ctrl" + "v") into a new file. crop away.
with a mac, hit "command" + "shift" + "4" to get a screenshot cursor, drag
it around the area you want captured, let go (listen for the snapshot sound),
open the "Picture 1.png" file on the desktop and crop away.
Monday, January 28, 2008
I've spent several Friday nights listening to the NPR radio program "This American Life." Many times the Chicago-based storytellers have kept me in the car listening for the full hour with a backseat full of melting groceries.
So when I got this email from a producer for the Showtime spin-off of the radio series, I wanted to help.
Producers are looking to do a series of life experience stories on the men named "John Smith."
Specifically, they'd like to know if there is a young John Smith in your Kindermusik classrooms to include in the story.
If there is a John Smith in your classroom, contact "This American Life" producers at 800-463-4505, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's more from Anna's email:
The idea of the show is to give a sense of what it¹s like to be living and working, growing up and growing old in America right now. We want to do that by talking to people of all different ages who just happen to be named John Smith.
We want to talk about the things that matter most -- jobs, loved
ones, homes, hopes, worries, fears, regrets and so on. We¹d like everyone in the story to be named John Smith because we want the stories to feel universal.
In particular, we're interested in the issues people are facing that are unique to their age. For instance, we'd love to find a young John Smith. Maybe a toddler about to take his first steps, or a child with
his first real bike. Or in the case of Kindermusik, a John Smith learning to speak and sing, move and dance!
To give you a better sense of who we are, here¹s a little background.
"This American Life" is a documentary series that airs on Showtime. The first season in Spring 2007 and we're currently at work on Season 2 which will air later this spring. The series was nominated for three Emmys last year, but it's a spin-off of a public radio program (also called This American Life) that has won most of the major journalism awards in the country, including the Peabody, duPont-Columbia, and Murrow awards.
For more information, please check out the website: www.thislife.org/
I don't know if there's even a single John Smith in the US who's enrolled in Kindermusik classes, but finding a real, live John Smith is harder than you'd think . . . So, we're trying to make our search as wide as possible!
We'd be thrilled to find a John Smith in the age range of newborn
through 7 years old.
For the last five years, I've been looking for the words to describe why music is such an important presence in a child's early development.
There's the brain research, yes. Compelling, and interesting, however it's really gross to talk about a child's mind in terms of neural networks and neuron firing.
There's the scientific proof, yes. Studies previously performed on Kindermusik students show positive growth in intellectual and self-control behaviors. Still, some educators and experts can't be swayed by even the most convincing studies. I think it's just the way some people are wired.
For me, though, I finally yawped out a Eureka when I realized what preschool teachers have know all along.
Music is inherent to the methods used in early learning. Repetition, rhyme, exposure to patterns, and a variety of sounds are defining qualities of both music and early learning. That's likely why music and language share the same pathways in the brain.
That's why, to a child, music is the language of learning.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Educator tip: Still .... there's an option to send your message to multiple addresses, or phone numbers. That's a quick, easy option if you need to send families a quick message, or reminder, when you're on the run. Might be worth playing around with a bit.