Archives for January 2013

Ooooh! Check this site. Learn more about why music is such an effective therapy…

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Check out this interactive site!  So much fantastic information about why music is so good for us and such an effective therapy.


How do you raise a prodigy?

A long and fascinating article from the New York Times Magazine, “How Do You Raise a Prodigy?”.



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Happy Birthday, Musicalia!


Musicalia is 20 years old today! 





It feels as though that twenty years was about two weeks long and I am still a bit shocked that I am no longer master of a huge studio space with a hundred hours a week of planning, teaching, cleaning and administrating.  I’ve come full circle back to my private teaching roots.

When Musicalia first began I had a tape recorder, a piano, a guitar.  I was still teaching as a classroom teacher in Saanich school district.  I didn’t own a computer.  I had no idea what email was.  I did not own any percussion, orff equipment, movement props.  I’d never run a business.

My original vision

was to create an experience so magical and powerful it would touch hearts and inspire a love of music-making in every child and family I worked with. 

I hoped to impact and influence the musical lives of the grandchildren of the babies and children in those initial classes, the way my grandfather had impacted my musical life.   I had no idea what I was about to unleash in myself or my community.

Families from those early days tell me those early experiences were positive and significant.  They thank me and I feel so emotional, blessed and amazed.

There are so so many many happy happy memories (and bins of photos – no digital cameras in the early days) and so many children (now adults) continuing to make music in the spirit of Musicalia.

While the years have seemingly vanished and I am missing all the intensity and joy of the Musicalia group work, I am slowly coming to accept that I truly gave the Musicalia studio experience everything I had.  I do miss the groups.  Sometimes I imagine having leased a different space with different landlords…then I remind myself not to dwell and to look ahead not behind.

My spirit is happy to be able to continue to share my gifts with the community.  I count my blessings that families continue to look for my services for one-to-one and very small group work.

There is joy bubbling up from this loss…I still have so much to do and I can hardly wait to see some of you again…and in your own homes!