Hello friends and welcome to my blog!This is a place to share parenting ideas, song lyrics and resources that can help families thrive and grow. My emphasis is music, and how musical play can help develop language, social-emotional growth, literacy, and overall mental and physical development in young children.
Monday, June 11, 2018
Summer Classes begin July 12th!
Come enjoy the fun of Culver City's longest running, most popular music class!
We will dance the summer away with great music!
Classical, silly, imaginative and dynamic!
Whatever your summer plans may be, music and fun is always a hit!
See you soon!
Here's the link to the Culver City Living Brochure:
You'll find Sing, Dance & Play on page 13.
Join our class on Thursday mornings at the newly renovated Veteran's Park in Culver City!
Make a day of it, playing at the park and enjoying a musically enriching class, filled with creative play.
You and your young child will make memories to last a lifetime, learn great new songs, games, and musical activities. Lullabies, funny songs, classical music, as well as songs from the Great American songbook. Your child will have so much fun while also developing a deep love and appreciation for music. Nothing bonds us together more than sharing the joy of music as we sing, dance and play together.
Reserve your spot now. Babies grow up so fast. Come share this magical music class with your young child. You will make precious memories that will last forever. Your child will have fun, learn, grow and be enriched in Culver City's longest running music class. Come and experience it for yourself.
New Session begins Thursday, August 10th, at 9:45 a.m. Come and
experience Culver City’s longest running and most popular music class:
"Sing Dance & Play." This unique class combines high quality
musical instruments and imaginative play. We’ll dance with scarves, beat the
drums, and play a variety of percussion instruments. Taught by Teacher Susy, a
professionally trained actress, voice over artist and singer with a rich
background of musical theatre and child development. A mother of two, she
understands how to engage young children and create a safe, exciting and fun
environment. Susy plays guitar, sings and incorporates classical, folk, pop,
and a variety of music to inspire creativity, rhythmic play, movement and fun.
Your child will enjoy singing the songs throughout the week and the joy of
music will enhance your daily routine and the quality of your life. Music makes
everything better and enhances your child’s overall development in a way that
nothing else can. Come and join the fun in a class designed especially for your
My whole family LOVES Sing,
Dance, Play with Teacher Susy!
The class is run through
Culver City parks and rec and the is most affordable class I have found
....and the most fun!
Amanda – mother of three
Register online or at the Parks & Rec office
link to the Culver City Living Brochure(see pg 15):
Carnival Of Animals by
Saint Saens by Henry Holt and Company illustrations by Sue Williams and
commentary by Barrie Carson Turner. It is fun, whimsical, imaginative and
evocative. You will grow to love it too, I promise!
Can You Hear It? Created
by The Metropolitan Museum Of Art , this gorgeous book couples famous works
of art with musical selections. It has information about instruments in the
beginning and descriptions of the artwork in the back of the book. Each selection has information about which instrument is being played and it asks:
“Can you hear…”various sounds and characters in the music. It comes with a high quality CD recording of superb orchestras.
From Sea To Shining
Sea A Treasury Of American Folklore
and Folk Songs complied by Amy L. Cohn
Gonna Sing My Head
Off collected and arranged by Kathleen Krull,
Illustrated by Allen Garns
The Musical Life Of
Gustav Mole, and the sequel The Lost
Music published by Child’s Play, illustrated by Kathryn Meyrick Both have
recorded versions that are the highest quality. Narrated by Patrick Macnee, a
wonderful British actor. These stories will capture your child’s imagination, as they
listen to wonderful classic and world music. The sequel features music from
around the world. These books are storytelling at it’s finest. You can’t go
wrong with Gustav!
Lives Of The
Musicians Written by Kathleen Krull, Illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. This
whimsical book is an excellent introduction to 20 iconic composers, from
Vivaldi to Woody Guthrie. The illustrations are hilarious and the biographies
tell the story of the composer’s lives in an entertaining way.
A Coloring Book Of
Great Composers, Chopin to Tchaikovsky
Bellerophon Books makes fantastic coloring books. They are
like textbooks you can color. The illustrations are fanciful and fun.
Getting To Know The
World’s Greatest Composers
Written and illustrated by Mike Venezia (He also has a
series for artists) Featuring musicians from the Beatles to Mozart. The illustrations
are hilarious; photographs are used throughout the books. They are softcover
books, easy to carry, and only about 30 pages long. Your kids will really enjoy
these fun stories; they make these “serious” musicians feel more accessible and
Famous Children published by Barron's These skinny softcover books tell about the early years af great artisits and composers from Bach to Toulouse-Lautrec
Zin! Zin! Zin! A
Violin By Lloyd Moss Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman This Caldecott winner
is one of my very favorite children’s books! The pictures are magical and
imaginative and the verse is poetic and comical. It has an element of mischief
as a dog, two cats and a mouse run through the scenes while the musicians play.
The musicians are silly as they play, swooning, sweating and kicking up
their heels. Your whole family will love this fantastic book!
Do Re Mi By Susan
L. Roth This book tells the story of Guido d’Arezzo, the “Father Of Music”. He
was the first person to develop musical notation. I learned a lot from this
book. It is a great conversation starter, as it makes you think about what it
was like before we had a way to write down and share songs.
Meet The Orchestra
by Ann Hayes. All the instruments are played by animals and the lion is the conductor
(of course). This book provides short descriptions of each instrument. I love
this book and use it often. Kids love it too!
Hand, Hand, Fingers,
Thumb, by Al Perkins Illustrated by Eric Gurney
Brown Bear, Brown
Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr/ Eric Carle