Feature Articles

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

This is about six blind teens who bravely revealed their hearts in song, and by doing so gained the interest and contributions of award-winning musicians, writers, composers, engineers, and choruses across the nation.

All Around This World

My personal road to teaching music to kids in my Philadelphia living room runs through Europe, Asia, and Africa. I’ve always been an explorer, always peering just over the horizon for the next thing to learn, and I always had a guitar in hand while doing it.

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

While I would never refer to a child as a savage beast, occasionally children’s behaviors begin to look that way. Anxiety in children can bring out those difficult-to-manage behaviors, and as it happens that anxiety is often felt in the breast or chest with a racing heart and shortness of breath. I will assert that a good tune can soothe beasts and breasts alike.

I Love My Fluke

Anyone who knows me knows I love my Fluke. I’ve been playing my Fluke for over fifteen years and it is the only ukulele I recommend.

Ten Things I Love About You, Kulele

If you play guitar, get a uke. You won’t regret it. If you don’t play guitar, get a uke. You won’t regret it either. If you want people to learn with, search for a ukulele club near you or start one on a site like Meetup.com or at your library or local music store. Then let the wild rumpus start!

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

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!

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

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

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

Spring 2015

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

Haunted House: A Guided Exploration

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