Feature Articles

Music, Story, Activism:
An Interview With Nancy Schimmel

I believe I first met Nancy Schimmel through either People’s Music Network or CMN. But I remember meeting an unassuming and gentle person, kind, welcoming, and warm to all those around her. I remember best her storytelling prowess. She could hook you into a story as fast as a frog can snag a fly, and keep you there right through to the end.

Planting Seeds of Love in South Sudan

In October 2017, when we started this initiative of engaging unaccompanied refugee children in social and musical activities, we never had any link to any organization using music as a tool to engage children. Deep down, we knew there might be an organization or people out there who loved working with children the way we do.

In Demand: Music Specialist for Children With Special Needs

It’s nine o’clock Friday morning. The creaking sound of wheels on my handcart is echoing off the elementary school’s concrete block walls. Children walking by are staring at the load of instruments I am pulling. They smile and say, “Hello Mr. Dave.” I smile back. Inside I am pinching myself, thinking, How did I get here?

Our Human Legacy: Enhancing Seven Generations

Dáanzho (Hello). My name is Roman Orona. I am Chiricahua, Lipan, and Jicarilla Apache; Taos and Isleta Pueblo; and Yaqui. I am a dancer, a singer, an actor, an educator, and a follower of the Bahá’í Faith. But most importantly, I am a human being and part of the bigger picture called Humanity. I want to share with you my thoughts on the Principle of Seven Generations and our collective responsibility to work for the betterment of all humanity.

Singing New Stories

We at CMN share a fervent belief in the power of musical narrative. We gather in Round Robins to share the stories most poignant to us—stories of friendship and courage, of history’s heroes, of the journeys of seeds and birds and magic pennies. In my years singing with CMN and in the Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC), the practice of musical storytelling was accompanied by persistent and powerful follow-up questions:

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

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

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