Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack

Clapping games have been a favorite pastime of children for generations. They are found in all cultures. Learning them has been something passed on from one child to another. This has usually happened on playgrounds, but now some children are also watching videos on YouTube (like this one of two girls playing "Slide" and "Miss…
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Let’s Go for a Sleigh Ride

“Just hear those sleigh bells jingle-ing, ring-ting tingle-ing too, come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you." These words in the introduction to Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" bring its listeners along for the ride to enjoy the glide of the sleigh, the trotting of the horses, and the jingle of the…
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Music and Mental Health

 "Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast," wrote William Congreve in his 1697 play, "The Mourning Bride." It has been long known that music can have the power of soothing us when we are sad, anxious, angry, or otherwise upset. We seem to be instinctively drawn to particular music depending on our moods. The…
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Illustrated Songbooks, Part IV

This post is part of the Illustrated Songbooks series. Songbook Illustrated by Kate Greenaway A Day in A Child's Life, music by Myles Birket Foster and illustrated by Kate Greenaway. Kate Greenaway was an English illustrator who was born in 1846. She’s best known for her illustrations of children’s books, especially the depictions of children…
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Can You Do the Cancan?

“All the girls in Paris France Love to do the Can Can Dance.”¹ The dance and music is strongly associated with the artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. He portrayed the dancers and their dance halls in many of his posters. As a result, people today may associate the cancan with Paris of the 1890s. The cancan…
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