Feature Articles

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

In 2015–16, I went on a solo musical pilgrimage to six countries in Asia and Africa, singing with children, women, and human rights workers. It was part sabbatical, part midlife reboot, and part mission to learn how our special brand of children’s music and community singing can open doors and hearts in other countries, building bridges across all kinds of differences.

Medicine of Music:
The Songs of Love Foundation

The Songs of Love Foundation is the “medicine of music” in action. It provides personalized, uplifting songs, free of charge, for children between the ages of one to twenty-one who are facing tough medical, physical, or emotional challenges.

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

You are a performing artist, a visual artist, and/or an educator. You are excited about bringing your special programming to underserved children who really need to have their spirits lifted. You know that you can help.

Resources for Renewal

One of the pleasures of being part of the Children’s Music Network is the opportunity to participate in and benefit from the free-wheeling, enlightening conversations that erupt between members, by accident or design, in person, via the listserv or by e-mail.

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

During the minute or so that I am on hold, waiting for Fred Rogers to pick up the phone, I grow increasingly tense. The next voice I hear will belong to a man whose sweater is in the Smithsonian, along with the Spirit of St. Louis and pterodactyl skeletons and Archie Bunker’s chair. He is one of the most identifiable figures in American life.

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

If you are unfamiliar with this extraordinary person, Melanie DeMore is a multitalented singer, composer, performer, choral instructor, and “vocal activist,” and has been involved with a number of organizations and ongoing community actions over the last several years.

Sock Talk!

Socks talk? Of course they do, whether or not you move your lips! If you’ve never seen Joshua Holden’s The Joshua Show, click on the link and take a few minutes to see what can be done with a simple sock. There is no right or wrong way…just you and your sock and your creativity.

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