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Time For Some Fresh Air

Spring is a great time to open all the windows and let some fresh air in. The wind is blowing; the sun is glowing; and it's time for all of us to go out and play.  Join me in singing and playing this celebration of change. I'm Growing Up Today ...
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Enforcer? Eavesdropper? Equal Partner? What is Your Role in your Child’s Music Group?

I was leading a music group for little ones at a day care center the other day when a moment of tension arose with a staff member who was substituting for the regular teacher. The usual routine is for all the children and adults to gather together for music making ...
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Time Marches On…And So Do Young Kids

Happy New Year! Once again, I watched the Times Square festivities from a comfortable, warm couch. The television showed thousands of people dancing the minutes away until midnight. The music was pumping loud and rhythmic. The crowds looked energized and focused toward the deadline separating old from new. As excited ...
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“Do Not Touch”…and Other Christmas Confusion

We say that Christmas is a time for children…but then we tell them to wait and not touch. How frustrating this must be!  But as adults we know that delayed gratification and persistence are important skills for later learning.  Here is a fun Christmas song to sing and play with ...
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Spin Around. Fall Down. The Dreidel Song.

The best gift you can give your children, and yourself, is time together. Open the link below for a fun movement song to share that is perfect for this time of year. Enjoy! http://vimeo.com/80801978 ...
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Sing at Home – November

Welcome once again to Sprouting Melodies Sing at Home. November is a time for  family, and food and fun... and frenzy! Click on the video below and join us here to learn some simple songs to sing with your child that help keep everyone part of the celebrations! ...
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Sprouting Melodies Sing at Home – Halloween

Halloween from Elizabeth Schwartz on Vimeo ...
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Early Music Experiences: Do We Need Plastic Trophies?

As a parent, I had to make a lot of choices about what experiences I would give my kids as they grew up.  Maybe it wasn’t really as much of a choice as I thought, since I had grown up in a family where three things counted: Family; hard work; ...
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Music in Your Early Childhood Classroom

If you are like me, you have agonized over choosing the perfect early childhood classroom to care for your child as you head back to work.  My children are grown now but I clearly remember as a young mother, feeling that the future success of my child hung on the ...
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Fostering Freedom in Music

It’s the time of year when there is a cluster of patriotic celebrations in this country – Memorial Day, Flag Day and Independence Day, the 4th of July.  As a child, I was raised to value and respect the liberty and opportunities available as a citizen of the United States.  ...
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