Early Childhood Vocal Exploration Activity

Early Childhood Vocal Exploration Activity

Why is vocal exploration important? Vocal exploration helps children find their singing voices and learn how to better control them. It is a vital part of early childhood music-making. Try …

Songwriting Activity at Home with Adam Marshall

Does your child make up songs at home? Join us in taking your child’s songwriting skills to another level. Students will create lyrics from familiar tunes, compose new music, venture …

FREE FAMILY-FRIENDLY CONCERTS
SUMMER 2022

Keep the music alive in your family by attending some FREE family-friendly concerts this summer. This year, MacPhail featured some outstanding groups at our Free Family Concerts; The Bazillions, The …

Friends of MacPhail Performance

The Michael Steinberg & Jorja Fleezanis Fund will present the world premiere of its third commission by composer Jessica Meyer at 4 pm on Saturday, May 14 at Westminster Hall …

When Marian Sang, a book that sings!

Presented by Opera Oriented Projects of Minnesota, Mikalia Bradberry reads aloud and performs excerpts from “When Marian Sang,” written by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Brian Selznick, and published by …

The Wonder of Stevie

by Mikalia Bradberry “Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand.” Stevie Wonder One of the most prolific and widely known musicians in the world, Stevie …

Teens Find Confidence with Music

MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra The laughter’s free, the smiles, and so is participation in the MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra (MNYO). For 5 years now, the orchestra has graced venue stages …

Prelude: Singer-Actor Performance Lab

“Never pass up an opportunity to tell the story.” For voice and acting teacher Manon Gimlett, these are words to live by. As the program director of MacPhail’s Prelude: Singer-Actor …

The Mandolin Mantle | Richard Kriehn

“It’s not just about a right or wrong note,” Richard Kriehn explains. He believes music is about expressing yourself – expanding your vocabulary and giving the world a glimpse of …

GMI Artist In Residence: Greg Byers

A Chance to Play Modern Music  As a longtime video gamer, cello teaching artist Greg Byers wanted to explore modern styles of their music for his Artist-in-Residence project, a video game music orchestra.  “We talked …

How to Make a Monolin at Home

 How to make a Monolin (single-stringed instrument) at home. Items needed:    Large Milk or Juice Carton (one with a screw top works best and can act as a sound hole)  Fishing …

Bluegrass Rhapsody with Poet Anthony Ceballos

As music genres go, bluegrass is all its own. Its melodies and messages spring from a particular soil: the hardscrabble land of rural Appalachia. The poet Anthony Ceballos hails from …

The Story of a Young Boy and His Ukulele

During the pandemic, as was the case with so many children, one of our young students (we will call him O) missed starting pre-kindergarten. O spent weekdays with his grandparents …

Blooming in the Desert

By Sue Ruby As educators and performers, many of us lack exposure to and knowledge of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) composers. Even before the pandemic and death of George …

Alternatives to Problematic Children’s Songs

The Sing Play Learn department at MacPhail Center for Music has been busy revamping parts of our curricula for the last couple of years. Our goal was to research the origins of the songs …

Executive Functioning and the Role of Music

Executive Functioning is a term that describes a set of mental skills which includes:  Working memory.  Flexibility in thinking.  Self-control, or impulse control.   As children develop so do their executive functioning skills, however, sometimes …

Next Steps

As the summer Sing Play Learn with MacPhail® classes have come to a close, you might be wondering what next?  If you are, you are not alone; we have created this guide to aid you in your next …

Community Pride Award from Lavender Magazine

Timothy De Prey, Director of Individual Instruction, is the recipient of a Community Pride Award from Lavender Magazine. Timothy believes that “through music, one can create change, justice, tolerance and …

Preparing for Sleep and the Role of Music

Sleep is one of the most talked about topics for young children. We live in a society that tends to be sleep deprived. Around 25% of young children have sleep problems. …

Adding Fuel to your Practice Parent Engine

By Kamini LaRusso Transcript from 2019 Suzuki Association of the Americas: “Parents as Partners Videos” Hello! My name is Kamini LaRusso. I live in Minneapolis, MN. I am a Suzuki …

Children and Separation Anxiety

Children and Separation Anxiety   Separation anxiety is something that most, if not all, children experience at some point in their lives. There are a wide range of symptoms may manifest at different stages of development. Mostly, …

How to Strengthen the Adult Voice

When vocal teaching artist Jerry Rubino works with older singers in MacPhail’s Voices of Experience choir, he’s noticed that many times singers new to the group don’t know what part …

Play and Creativity Using Music: Explore New Music

How can music activities at home encourage play and creativity in children?   Play is one of the most important parts of early childhood.  When a child is engaging in play they are building their brains …

Play and Creativity Using Music: Sing

How can music activities at home encourage play and creativity in children?   Play is one of the most important parts of early childhood.  When a child is engaging in play they are building their brains …

Small Moments, Big Accomplishments

Beth, age 12 , Music Therapy Student Stories: Beth When Diene’s twelve-year-old daughter Beth continually expressed a passion for music, constantly asking it to be played throughout the house, Diene …

Black History Playlist

with Mikalia Bradberry Hello my name is Mikalia Bradberry and Happy Black History Month! I’m so glad to be able to share some works with you that are near and …

Talking About Race

What we believe and how we talk about race is of the utmost importance. The National Museum of African American History & Culture asks How do we teach such challenging subject …

Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books

Representation matters – it’s important and affirming for kids to see characters who look like them and the people in their families in the books they read. It’s equally important …

Playing with Music at Home

Music making doesn’t need to be formal at all times – it’s easy to incorporate music into the daily routines with your child, in fact, you may find you already …

Support Math Readiness Through Music

The teachers in our Sing, Play, Learn! with MacPhail® department know that music class isn’t just fun and play. Music learning can build a child’s math skills. Check out this …

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