The Justa Syndrome

Pep talk time. In the past two days, I have had two separate interactions with people in my life that reminded me of something many of us will face at some point or another. I call it the "Justa Syndrome." Our kids will probably face it, too. And if we don't know how to deal with [...]

Building Community Through Music

I travel quite a lot as a conductor. I guest conduct choral festivals in various locations as a part of my musical life. Last month, I found myself working with the New Jersey Treble All-State Choir, an ensemble made up of high school sopranos and altos. These types of festivals are always exciting for me. [...]

Halloween Book Review: Bats in the Band

Bats in the Band, written and illustrated by Brian Lies, is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and is available in digital (free for kindleunlimited members), hardcover, and audio formats. Bats and Music - What's not to Love? This. Book. Is. Everything. Educational? Check. Fun to read? Check. Beautiful illustrations? Check. A fun story? Check. But it's so much [...]

Minneapolis Memories: Kindermusik Educators Take Over The City of Lakes

Close to 200 Kindermusik Educators from across the globe gathered together at the mind-blowing Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota July 27-29 for three, fun-filled days of learning, connection, friendship, and, of course, shopping! Wednesday evening Maestros were treated to a memorable reception at The Hard Rock Café joined by President and CEO, Scott Kinsey. [...]

Book Review – Fidget Wisely

Fidget Wisely: 10 Ways to Teach Mindfulness Skills to Kids Who Can't Sit Still by Kirsten May Keach MA, MFT is available at your favorite local bookstore or online in both digital and paperback editions.   A Wonderful Resource... Does your child fidget? Perhaps he has a hard time sitting in one place. Let's face it...we've all [...]