Feature Articles

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

Kim and Reggie have been singing together for over forty years. They’ve done thousands of school assemblies, hundreds of residencies, and perhaps as many teacher trainings. They focus on the power of song but in particular, they help to bring stories of the Underground Railroad and Civil Rights Movement to the eager ears of children and adults alike.

Walking Each Other Home:
Threshold Choir

In November of 1990, I sat nervously by my friend Larry’s bedside, unsure what to do as he lay close to his death. He was comatose and agitated. To deal with my fear, I started singing, and right away we both started to calm down. I sang the same song to him for two-and-a-half hours, and at the end of that time, realized that I had rediscovered something ancient, deeply human, and very exciting.

Doing the Hambone

I first learned the Hambone in the fourth grade. I’m not sure how or why, but I recall there was a Hambone competition among my schoolmates and I came in second place to my friend Gary. I love doing the Hambone because it’s an excellent example of how the human body was the first percussion instrument, which means everyone can be a percussionist. I like to call it the ultimate instrument of inclusion.

An Interview With Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates

Dr. T, as she is known to her students, is a play­wright, director, actor, poet, writer, and teacher. In 2001, she founded the Conciliation Project (TCP), a theater company with the bold mission of creating works that directly confront stories of racial injustice and oppression in United States history and present. Opening up painful and difficult conversations that shake audiences to their core is all part of a day’s work for Dr. T.

Seeing Through Music, Part II

When I left you last, I was riding high after Dave Kinnoin, Oliver Kinnoin, Mary Kincaid, Randy Sharp, and Jimmy Hammer opened their homes and hearts to Barbara Silberg’s amazing West Los Angeles Children’s Choir to record our teens’ second song, “The Dance of Freedom.” Since then, Mark Stocker graciously opened his recording studio to our MSB students. Our recording session was a great learning opportunity for all of us, especially me.

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

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