All Together Singing in the Kitchen: Creative Ways to Make and Listen to Music as a Family

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Shambhala Publications, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 253 pages
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Music is not only fun, but it's also the foolproof way to family harmony and connection—it can soothe a crying baby, engage an active toddler, entertain during long car rides, and help everyone get through daily chores.

In All Together Singing in the Kitchen you'll find all the tools you need for family music making—you don't need to know a thing about music to get started. With over thirty songs (with lyrics, chords, and audio recordings) to get you singing, musical games to get you dancing, and tips on playing instruments to get you grooving, this book will help you make music a larger part of your family's life, from playtime to bedtime.


Making music with any group of people is one of the best and surest ways to forge deep emotional connections. Making music with the members of your family practically guarantees a lifetime of distinct, memorable, warm moments of togetherness.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Musical Beginnings
13
1 Singing
15
2 Keeping the Beat
25
3 Adding Accompaniment
35
4 Listening
45
The Musical Family
59
5 Singing Songs
61
11 Music Education
157
12 Family Traditions
179
13 Community Celebrations
201
Afterword
218
How to Tune Your Voice
225
Quick and Easy Music Theory
227
Songs for Every Occasion
238
Notes
244

6 Movement and Dance
85
7 Musical Games and Play
103
8 Everyday Songs
119
9 Homemade Instruments
131
10 Songwriting
141
Deepening Your Relationship with Music
155
Index
249
About the Authors
253
List of Audio Tracks
254
Back Cover
256
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Nerissa and Katryna Nields are national touring musicians and sisters, a part of the legendary band The Nields who toured North America throughout the nineties and into this millennium. As a duo, they were a part of Lillith Fair, and have shared the stage with Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Natalie Merchant, Suzanne Vega, Sarah McLaughlin, Dar Williams, the Indigo Girls, James Taylor, Joan Baez, the Band, 10,000 Maniacs, Billy Bragg, Dan Zanes, and countless others. With fifteen albums in fifteen years, they remain prolific. Now that they are parents to young children, they have expanded their repertoire to include the youngest in the folk festival crowds. They have released two family albums, All Together Singing in the Kitchen and Rock All Day/Rock All Night, and a family music DVD titled Organic Farm.

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