I texted this to a friend yesterday:
Blogging is such a funny little thing when you don’t have an audience yet. Strangely though – I’m having a blast! Perhaps I should have been better about keeping a diary all these years.
So here’s what went down on Ye Olde Blog this week…
I can’t expect you to get your kids excited about Classical music if you think it’s boring too. It’s a double hard sell: I am trying to get parents who don’t necessarily love classical music to engage their kids in classical music, who most certainly don’t love it (yet).
But I dare you to read this post and not find at least one interesting fact!
And then come back Monday when I’ll be drawing sophisticated analogies between George Bizet and the great artists of the 1980s.
I trust you won’t lose sleep over the weekend waiting with bated breath.
Books to read, links to exact recordings, and YouTube videos to show to your kids. I did the legwork for you. Now just pick your poison and pass it on.
I attempted a craft, but I secretly wonder if this will someday look like the “Pinterest fail” version. These are the desperate measures I take to get your kids interested in classical music. I crafted for you.
Musical sketching is the best and kids love it. Choose one piece and give it a try. If I’m being bossy, I would say start with Edvard Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King.” It never fails. Children adore this piece. (Although I once traumatized a two-year-old who was scared to death of it, but it has been 99.9% well received.)
Coming up next week…
- Rambling musings about George Bizet and his highly inappropriate opera
- Another “8 ways” post involving minor costuming
- A highly actionable 15-minute lesson plan that tells you step-by-step how to teach your child about a great piece of classical music
I hope you will come back!
What Else I’ve Been Up To…
My life is full of things besides classical music #despitewhatyouhaveseensofar and I figure, I pay a monthly fee for my own little cubicle on the internet, and I can talk about whatever I want, right?
So here is a summary of what’s been up for me this week…
I’m a big fan of Chip and Dan Heath. I read Made to Stick a few months ago and just finished Switch. I quickly moved on to their third, Decisive. I love their writing style and the examples are completely fascinating.
Here is just one:
Say you want to buy a certain book. You can afford it and are considering spending $15 to purchase it. Your choices are:
- Buy the book
- Don’t buy the book
What do you decide to do?
Simple enough, right? We think of choices as one or the other, and we make decisions based off that grid.
But what if the choice was presented like this?
- Buy the book
- Don’t buy the book and spend the $15 on something else
Interesting, right? It throws a shade onto the scenario that feels informative, no? We make decisions all the time based on the first example, without considering other options and possibilities.
I am super fascinated by human behavior stuff like this, and these books are chock full. Highly recommend.
The new season of Project Runway. I know this show jumped the shark about 10 seasons ago, but I still love it. Any creative process is interesting to me, and I am particularly intrigued by those moments when the disaster becomes the clarifying agent that leads to the great accomplishment. Whether it is designing clothes or any other medium, watching iterative journeys is fascinating to me.
Another week of 90 degree temps in Atlanta. Mercy, Jesus. We’ve had five full months of summer. I’m done.
Looking forward to…
A girlfriend trip to the beach next weekend!
Finally, Friends, a Request…
Despite what I said about my online journal, the actual point of this little blogging venture is to not just write stuff for my own enjoyment. I care deeply about children learning to love the arts, and I want to do my small part to push the needle in that direction.
Given that the vast majority of people reading this, only my 6th post, are probably my real-life friends, might I ask you a favor? I am doing all the social media things to spread the word, and if you know people who might enjoy my musical thoughts and questionable crafting, would you consider passing it on?
You have many choices:
And maybe most significantly Pinterest here.
Why is Pinterest the most significant? Well, I might be wrong, but I suspect my tribe of people — the ones who are looking for ways to engage their children in music, art, literature — might just hang out on Pinterest, pinning away ideas like Build the River Thames to Teach Handel’s Water Music or How to use Musical Sketching to Engage Children in Classical Music.
If you would consider re-pinning my pins, it increases the chances of those people finding me and my blog. Help me find my tribe. #helpmytribefindME.
Dear one, thanks for following, reading, supporting, pinning, and generally being my friend.
Most importantly, thanks for making it all the way to the end of my online journal entry for today 😉
Blessings to you and have a great weekend!
P.S. I don’t think my husband is reading my blog. This is a quiz for him. I will report back next week.
P.P.S. It’s not personal. I don’t think he has ever read a blog in his life.
P.P.P.S. Hi, honey. I love you 😉
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