• Everything’s a Song: A Conversation With Lea Morris

    Lea and I spoke via Zoom (how else?) about the ingenuity and creativity that arises in this time of restriction, about kids and their gifts, and the intertwining of music and spirituality. She was generous with her stories, insights, and humor, and it’s my pleasure to pass them on.

  • Radio Active Life

    When I began producing my kids’ music radio show, Radio Active Kids, four years ago, I had no idea quite what I was getting into. I knew that kids’ music had made a positive impact on my life and that I wanted to share that positivity with others.

  • Because of Fred Rogers

    It still hurts to think about Fred Rogers. It’s been seventeen years since his passing, and the thought of him still brings tears to my eyes.

  • Music in the Time of Corona

    As waves of school closings and concert cancellations swept the nation this past March, the CMN member listserv lit up with urgent questions about What to Do. Of course, the community responded by discovering ways to exploit technology and ingenuity so they could temporarily replace the irreplaceable experience of live music making.

  • Publishing Your Picture Book

    Like many educators and artists, I’ve had a few ideas for picture books kicking around in my head for years. I suppose it’s inevitable. This past fall I finally decided to make my long-ignored dreams of authorship a reality.

  • The Kindness of Sanctuary

    We measure our lives through the people we encounter as we make our way. The friendships and personal connections we make are really what gives meaning to our lives.

  • Social Justice Music For Kids

    When Pete Seeger was blacklisted in the 1950s, he was no longer allowed to perform in the kind of venues in which he and the Weavers had been appearing. He discovered a new network of places flying under the radar and brought his music to those schools, summer camps, church basements, synagogues, and more. In the process, he inadvertently created a new career path

  • Music That Makes Change

    Social issues, such as gender identity and racism, are influencing children’s music. This article is about creative ways that two groups of performers address social issues to bring positive change to children’s lives, and to the lives of adults.

  • A Visit to the Musical Instrument Museum

    In a world divided by ethnicity, religion, politics, and so much more, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix is a strong reminder of the cultural ties that bind us.

  • In Memoriam: Sol Weber

    Longtime CMN member and beloved friend Sol Weber passed away on June 26, 2019, at the age of eighty-five. Sol was best known for his rounds collection, earning him the nickname “Roundman.”

Fall 2019

Music, Story, Activism: An Interview With Nancy Schimmel

Planting Seeds of Love in South Sudan

In Demand: Music Specialist for Children With Special Needs

Our Human Legacy: Enhancing Seven Generations

Singing New Stories

The Many Faces of Facebook Groups

Wonder and Surprise

Songwriting Geeks Love Critiques

Ah-Ha! Songs

Spring 2019

Make a Rainbow: Musicians of Color Reflect on the World of Children’s Music

Free Music Lessons: Building Community on the Streets

Finding Friends in Many Languages, Thanks to John Taylor

Resources For Renewal, Part III

Stay Awake: Reflections on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Workshop

Open the Circle

Rituals and Rhythms, Part II

Making Your Audience Part of the Show

Cultivate Our Humanness

Fall 2018

Where Music Makes a Difference: An Interview With Kim and Reggie Harris

Walking Each Other Home: Threshold Choir

Doing the Hambone

An Interview With Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates

Seeing Through Music, Part II

Technology Tips & Tricks

The Transition Train

Rituals and Rhythms, Part I

Bringing History to Life in Song


Spring 2018

Seeing Through Music: Songwriting at the Maryland School for the Blind

All Around This World

Music With Children Who Have Experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)

I Love My Fluke

Ten Things I Love About You, Kulele

In Search of the Wild Ukulele

We Are All Connected

Passionate People Inspire Extraordi­nary Songs, Part II

Framing Our Songs

Fall 2017

Sally Rogers: No Time to Feel Hopeless

Make a Joyful Noise (More Quietly)

Pounding for Peace

Sharing a New Song

And Peace Runs Through It: From Peace Resources to the CMN Song Library

Resources for Renewal: Part II

Padlet Power

Culture Bearer

Ten Top Performing Tips

Passionate People Inspire Extraordi­nary Songs, Part I

Safe Spaces for the Audience, the Song, and the Performer

Spring 2017

A Musical Pilgrimage: Six Countries, Eight Months, and a Song

Medicine of Music: The Songs of Love Foundation

Everybody Wins! TAFFY PRESENTS Brings Song, and More, to Underserved Families

Resources for Renewal

The Gift of Your Honest Self: An Interview with Fred Rogers

Melanie DeMore: Music as Community Connector and Food for the Soul

Sock Talk!

The Social Media Monster

In Praise of Organization

Teaching Fourth and Fifth Grade Music, Part II

Rules for Breaking Rules

A Key to the Story Vault

Fall 2016

Culture, Connection, & the Magic of Music: An Interview With José-Luis Orozco

Creating Safe Musical Spaces, Part II: Building Inclusive Communities Through the Arts

Can You Stop the Birds From Singing?: The Afghan Children’s Songbook & the Power of Music

Choruses and Song Swaps: A Way to Bring Singing Into Our Communities

Walking the Talk: You Just Have to Have a Big Heart: An Interview With Judith Cook Tucker

Adventures in YouTubing

Music and Sounds From Around the World

Teaching Fourth and Fifth Grade Music

Advanced Zippering

Skin Color

Spring 2016

Building CMN: Preserving the History of the Early Years

An Interview with Frankie and Doug Quimby: The Georgia Sea Island Singers

Bedside Bridges: Earning My Bronx Cheer

Creating Safe Musical Spaces: Teaching and Performing for Integrated Audiences

Music and Inclusion: Building a Vision Through Song

Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice

An Interview With Lisa Yannucci

Building Bridges from School to Home

Hearts and Voices of the Pihcintu Chorus

Ten Lessons I Learned About Collaboration

How We Do What We Do

Fall 2015

A Conversation With Stuart Stotts

Resources for Teaching the Music of Native American Peoples

Sharing Our Strengths: The CMN Song Library

Brave New World: Twitter for Children's Musicians

Seeking Out the Real Roots

A Continuing Song: Notes on the Life of Ruth Crawford Seeger

An Interview With Katie Wardrobe

In Tune With Babies

Passing On the Love of Music


Strive to Surprise

Spring 2015

The Unseen Children's Music Side of an Award-Winning Career

Haunted House: A Guided Exploration

Multigenerational Music Making

Tapping Into Musical Power

Song > Lyric + Melody

Gun Control

Fall 2014

Sharing a Musical Vision of Humanity: An Interview with Ruth Pelham

In Memory of Faith Petric

Music—the Universal Language

Farewell and Best Wishes to Jan Graves

A World Class Boys Choir

The Most Amazing Musical Instruments

Break the Barrier

Living in Dynamic Mode