Category Archives: Music

Folksongs IV

Previously   What if *we* do not like folksongs? In volume 2, page 17, Miss Mason explains that when we consult our tastes rather than our children’s needs, we are making unlawful use of our authority. As to whether or not they are a need, I will address this in more detail in a later […]

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Acapellago: Joy to the World

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folksongs III

Previously: Part I– just dig in and start singing them.  How?  This post should help. Part II– some historical context to Mason’s use of folksongs. Now I’d like to share some ideas about why we would include singing, and specifically the singing of folk music, in our schooling.   While I was looking up one […]

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Folksongs, cont.

Previously I jumped in feet-first and just wrote a list of ideas and resources about *how* to do folksongs. Now I’ll back up and take what I wish were quicker than it is and what I know will be a not at all scholarly romp through a kind of a timeline of folksong in England, based […]

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Today is Election Tuesday in the States

So let’s think about something else: Totally adorable, guaranteed to put a smile on your face. This is related to the elections, but I find it utterly hilarious, and I hope you will, too: This electoral map is the bomb.  I used to live in the state of existential dread. My husband did some training […]

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