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Winter Recital 2012

SMS Winter Recital 2012

This Fall our exciting new students and passionate returning ones have blown me away! Coming up soon is our annual Winter Recital – we’ll hear favorite Christmas tunes such as Mel Torme’s Blue Christmas, along with year-round favorites such as Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, and equally timeless children’s tunes such as The Muffin Man. Soloists Sammy, Chasity and Jonathan will lead the way in our group sing-along. In between sets, we’ll enjoy sandwiches and desserts, and build our musical community with games and lively conversation. I just can’t wait!

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Attended the MTNA Conference

MTNA Conference 2012 Logo

Last weekend, I had the great pleasure of attending the 2012 National Conference of the Music Teacher’s National Association, held in NYC. Over 2000 attended from across the country, 80% of whom are independent (private) piano teachers. Featured artists/teachers included:

  • Melvin Stecher & Norman Horowitz: Opening Session
  • Benjamin Zander: Keynote Speaker
  • Menahem Pressler: Piano Masterclass

The conference was fantastic in its content and valuable connections, and I brought home countless publications and techniques to apply immediately, including:

  • a pedal extender for children who are ready to play the pedals and can’t reach
  • a routine of Group Classes for students who are excelling to share their musical ideas with peers
  • a network of music-theory based video games to be tabulated as part of students’ lessons

Please get in touch with me to learn about more exciting changes for Fall 2012: 201-255-7755.

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Even My Dog Sings

Even My Dog Sings

Bella and I put a Musical Holiday Greeting on YouTube.
On the date of this posting it has 837 views.
Want a good laugh? Take a peak.

Video: Kristin and Bella Sing You a Happy Holiday

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Singing with Bobby McFerrin

Circle Singing at the Omega institute

Singing with Bobby McFerrin

This past summer, I had the amazing opportunity to sing in a choir setting with the incomparable Bobby McFerrin for nearly a week. The format was vocal improvisation, mostly a genre called “Circle Singing.” We sang with McFerrin and his co-teachers about six hours per day in the beautiful, holistic resort, the Omega Institute, in Rhinebeck, NY.

In this genre, the leader (standing in the center) divides a ring of singers into sections (usually by voice part) and assigns a 1-2 bar phrase to be repeated indefinitely. Each vocal section is given a contrasting, yet harmonically pleasing, part which layers simultaneously with the other voice parts. Vocal percussion, sometimes known as beat-boxing, is added, and the leader improvises on top of all (with a microphone). The effect is joyous, spontaneous, and spiritual.

As a classically-trained singer and pianist, who often rehearses many hours for each performance, the practice of vocal improvisation is liberating. The goal isn’t musical perfection, or telling a story, or even entertaining a crowd. Its about transcending expectations and flowing with the music in the moment. The magic is music that is invented, manifested, performed, and witnessed by all participants at the exact same time.

There are many musicians across the world who have learned this style of “Circle Singing,” including a couple groups in NYC. Mostly, leaders create in 4:4 time in Major or Minor tonal patterns. But, McFerrin epitomizes vocal improvisation leadership, by creating in 5:4, 7:8, 9:8, and 13:8 time. He also creates in various modes. One of his co-teachers, Chistiane Karam from Lebanon, improvises vocal music on quarter tones (see video).

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Music — How we love thee

It’s Valentine’s Weekend, the time to focus on love and adoration.

In my preschool classes, the students are dancing to the Beatles’ recording of ‘Til There Was You from The Music Man (with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson). We are singing The More We Get Together and playing a matching (find your partner) game with the letters of the musical alphabet (A-G).

With President’s Day around the corner, and inspired by George M. Cohan, I’ve prepared a tribute to Vaudeville. We start with the book The Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman with illustrations by Stephen Gammell. Following the book, there will come a hat dance (read paper plates) with music, Hello My Baby, made legend by Warner Brother’s Michigan J. Frog. Sesame Street has released a brilliantly accessible take-off on Vaudeville, A Very Easy Dance to Do.

To all children, students of music, and teachers,
Happy February and Keep on Singing!

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Reviews about Kristin

Teaching Style:
Anne Farber, Dalcroze Diplome

Anne Farber, Faculty, Lucy Moses School at the Kaufman Center, NYC
Read more
about Ms. Farber on the Tri-State Dalcroze Society of America Blog.

“Kristin is an excellent teacher. I’m truly impressed by her enthusiastic way of relating to young children while teaching the foundations of music and movement.”

Parent-Child Music Classes:
Anonymous Mother at A Whole New World Day Care
“My son LOVES your music class. I can’t thank you enough for bringing Music Together to his school.”

Erik Noteboom, Full Sail University

Erik Noteboom, Vice President of Digital Arts Education, Full Sail University
“Kristin proved to be an excellent teacher with great creativity and self-motivation, developing new curriculum in an innovative field. Unique in her passion for combining multimedia and the performing arts, she often exceeded expectations in her assigned courses and frequently collaborated with the students and staff in Music History, MIDI Recording, and Cinematic Audio. Continue Reading…

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Evaluating Preschool Music Curricula

A Parent Guide: Questions to Ask when Selecting your Child’s Preschool

The answers reflect excellence standards as set by the Music Educators National Conference and published in The School Music Program: A New Vision

What are the principles of your music program?
The years before kindergarten are critical for children’s musical development.

• All children have musical potential that they ought to explore daily
• Young children are capable of developing critical thinking skills through musical ideas
• Children should experience age-appropriate musical activities and materials—created and modeled by trained, enthusiastic and responsive adults
• Young children should not be encumbered with the need to meet performance goals—learning should be process-oriented (exceptions include skits, sing-alongs, and the Suzuki method of private instruction which encourages performance on piano, violin or guitar)

What is your preschool’s music curriculum?
Developmentally appropriate early music experiences should occur in safe, teacher-supported environments where children can “work” at the skills relevant to them. Children need:

• Individual time with musical instruments and materials
• Group music time to experience the social and interactive benefits
• Enthusiastic encouragement for students’ questions and suggestions—which stimulate their critical thinking skills, confidence, and leadership abilities
Continue Reading…

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Why We Teach Music

Children’s brains at this age are over twice as active as adults’, burning twice as much glucose, which the degree of neural activity and development. The musical integration of small movement (such as finger play and playing instruments) and large muscle movement (such as dance) builds whole body balance and coordination.

Children, ages 3-6, can develop “BASIC MUSIC COMPETENCY”, meaning they can replicate songs with accurate melody, rhythm, and physical coordination.

Children develop their use of 300+ words. Group singing can expand vocabulary, enhance speech technique and build memory skills.

Children are learning to expand their peer interactions: the repetition of songs builds self-confidence and interactive communication skills expand while playing music with adults and peers.

As musical patterns are established and then varied, children learn to compare and contrast verses, instruments, movements, and their independent actions. When teachers ask for ideas for variations, or adapt a child’s ideas to the song, children develop their creativity and problem-solving skills.

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PAST EMPLOYER: McMahon Group’s “Jazz Medicine Program” presents “MusicMed Magazine”

McMahon's Jazz Medicine: online music store for the medical community at www.mcmahonjazzmedicine.com In May 2007, the CEO of The McMahon Group hired me to manage a music program for medical doctors who are interested in recording music and/or using music for the benefit of their patients and staff. Joining the project staff of three, I created email blasts, press kits, and identified prospective advertisers. Other responsibilities involved running an online store and developing marketing materials for the niche magazine. Since inception, the online store at http://www.mcmahonjazzmedicine.com has sold over 4000 independent CDs by musical doctors, including the popular compilation album, The Healing Power of Music.

In this capacity for eight months, I had the honor of working with the Publication Directors, editors, designers and salespeople responsible for leading newsmagazines such as General Surgery News, Pharmacy Practice News, and Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News.

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Creativity in Business: from NYU’s Stern School of Business

“Creativity and innovation are key drivers of success for many of today’s leading companies. Some of the most dramatic gains in shareholder value over the last few years (e.g., Google and Apple) are due to a culture of creative innovation. Indeed, a culture of creativity, innovation and design is commonly recognized as the only sustainable competitive advantage.” Source

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CLIENT: SIFMA (merging websites for two financial associations)

Contract on a three person team – See http://www.sifma.org for updated site.

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KRISTIN’S COLUMN: Five Celebrity Endorsements, Examined

Why were Kirstie Alley, Bill Cosby, Ellen DeGeneres, Joss Stone, and Catherine Zeta-Jones the top picks to represent Jenny Craig, Jell-O, American Express, GAP, and T-Mobile, respectively? How do these celebs rate on product expertise? trustworthiness? liability? appropriateness physical attractiveness? Continue Reading…

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ARTICLE: Psychoanalytic Theory in Marketing

History, Definition, Current Practices

History of Psychoanalytic Theory in Marketing:

Introduced to marketing research in 1939, by Ernest Dichter from Vienna as “interesting new ideas which can help (corporate executives) be more successful, effective, sell more and communicate better with potential clients.” Dichter’s new psychographics approach, called the “Depth Interviewâ€? consisted of one-on-one sessions of with about 100 interviewees, who were encouraged to freely-associate the product to other impulses in their lives. Eventually, Dichter founded the Institute for Motivational Research to apply his method to corporate marketing and sales.

Psychoanalytic theory is defined by the Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center (http://www.bpdresourcecenter.org/what_glossary.htm ) as:

The method of psychological therapy originated by Sigmund Freud in which free association, dream interpretation, and analysis of transference are used to explore repressed or unconscious impulses, anxieties, and internal conflicts, in order to free psychic energy for mature love and work.” Continue Reading…

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