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Monday, September 22, 2008

Another Muppet Video - Stars & Stripes Forever with Sam the Eagle

I just had to put up one more - I love this stuff!




Beeker's Rendition of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

Hello everyone, I'm finally back!!  I've got a load of stuff to post, I've just been way to busy.  So stay tuned the next couple of days/weeks for a ton of great stuff.  And to celebrate, here is one of my favorite Muppet's performing one of the greatest works of music ever:




And Gonzo, the Chickens, and Strauss...


Stay tuned for more!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Quick Facts: Did You Know?

Young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours on three days each week through at least one full year are:

  • 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
  • 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their school
  • 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
  • 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
  • 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem

Young artists, as compared with their peers, are likely to:
  • Attend music, art, and dance classes nearly three times as frequently
  • Participate in youth groups nearly four times as frequently
  • Read for pleasure nearly twice as often
  • Perform community service more than four times as often
Did you know the arts could have such a profound impact on how youth excel and how they choose to spend their free time??

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Review: Pavarotti's Opera Made Easy - My Favourite Opera for Children

This CD is a pretty good introduction to opera for children. The music is well done and the song choices are perfect for kids with selections from the operas The Magic Flute, Hansel & Gretel, and The Tales of Hoffmann (and more, but those are the highlights that our kids enjoy).

I love using the library to review material like this though. Because I would not recommend buying this. The main reasonss it didn't make it to the top of my list is that the songs were in their original languages. While this is ultimately wonderful, it is better with children to start them with an english version to help them become familiar with what the song & opera is about before introducing them to its original language.

I was more impressed with Mozart's Magic Fantasy.

I have been looking into film versions of opera lately and soon I will be posting about The Magic Flute and Hansel & Gretel.

We've also been listening to some Broadway music (I highly recommend CATS - more on that in a separate post), and while it's not classical -- it's still great stuff. I love how musicals and operas tell stories. I love how when children listen, their imaginations take care of the rest. There's no need for pictures or video and that is such a good experience for children. How often do our kids get that nowadays? I also enjoy introducing them to the operas and musicals in video format or live, but there's something extra special that first time around. It's so fun to watch them and see the wheels turning.

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