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Karen Allendoerfer

Music with Kids

February 3, 2009 at 12:30 PM

In which Karen attempts to use pictures in her blog for the first time since the new format . . .

Christmas pageant

I meant to blog about this earlier, but never got around to it. My daughter and a viola-playing friend (and I) played three songs for our church's pageant: Deck the Halls, Silent Night, and O Christmas Tree. The violist had only been playing for a few months, and it turned out she wasn't ready for some of the notes on the G and C string that I tried to give her in my arrangement of these tunes. It also turned out that, right before the pageant, her bow had a serious hair problem, rendering it unusable. I have a really old cheap bow that I used to use in high school and still carry around with me, "just in case." It's a violin bow, and it's full size, but our young violist was game to use it anyway. And she did fine.

School Talent Show

My daughter and a different friend will be playing the duet "Rockin Strings" from the EE2000 book for their school talent show this week. My daughter will also play a simple Bach Minuet (also from that book) by herself. The organizers of the talent show were very clear, NO MOMS ALLOWED on stage!

Music Fan Girl Scout Badge

There are actually two badges that junior girl scouts can earn, this one called "Music Fan" and another one called "Making Music."  I spoke with the leader of my daughter's troop and she thought that Music Fan would be more accessible to all the girls. About half the girls are learning an instrument in school. At one of the meetings they designed a dance routine to their favorite songs (mostly Rhianna and Miranda Cosgrove), and picked out the different instruments in songs they liked. They are also interviewing people they know with careers in music but who are not primarily performers, including their school music teacher, one of their dads who is a DJ, a church music director, and the conductor of the community orchestra I play in. Which brings me to the final event, later this month:

Let's Dance!

The whole girl scout troop will be in the audience.

From Tess Z
Posted on February 3, 2009 at 5:00 PM

I always enjoy reading your blogs about your daughter...and friend!    I did not know there were Girl Scout badges in the music area.  I find it interesting that it's not common knowledge or something that the girls are encouraged to earn.  Good for you for digging that up!

I like how the school program states No Moms on stage...what about Dads?  ;^}

From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on February 3, 2009 at 6:01 PM

No dads either.  But there wasn't much danger of my husband trying to get up there ;-)  My daughter is somewhat used to playing with me and it's good for her to have the opportunity for more independence.

And I agree, the Girl Scouts could be a good but underutilized resource for bringing music to kids.  I was just reading today in "Strings" magazine that ASTA has a program for introducing kids to stringed instruments and they are bringing it to scout troops.

From Tom Holzman
Posted on February 3, 2009 at 6:49 PM

That's great.  How did you do the arranging for that one piece?  Do you use a computer program?

Your daughter is lucky to have such a pro-active Mom.


From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on February 3, 2009 at 8:10 PM

I have several books of Christmas carols.  One is for piano and so there is an alto line and a bass line that can be transcribed.  I also have "Christmas Kaleidoscope" that was recommended on a few years ago, but only a volume for violin with A,B, and C parts.  You can usually put one of the violin parts on a viola instead.

From Tom Holzman
Posted on February 3, 2009 at 8:48 PM

 Interesting.  Thanks.

From Mayra Calvani
Posted on February 4, 2009 at 8:56 PM

What a cool badge with the violin on it. I didn't know there were scouts for music. Is this something new?

From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on February 5, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Yes, I think it is new.  Way back in the dark ages when I was a girl scout I don't remember music badges.  Unfortunately I think that one is a guitar, not a violin, but at least it's a string instrument!  :)

There is another badge, called "Making Music," that has activities more oriented toward playing rather than listening.

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