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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Music and Books for Children

I am posting new releases for parents of young children to enjoy. Each Music Book has a Chant, a Fingerplay, and a Song. There are five categories of Themes: Family and Community, World of Gardening, Seasons and Celebrations, World of Nature and Spiritual Treasure. The Themes reflect my recent training as a Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, and holder of Permaculture Design Certification. There are Music Reading Readiness Books and Composing Cards for very young children to prepare for piano, violin, guitar and percussion. the address is I will continue to post new releases here as well. "I have a musical mind, musical indeed". --Kacky Muse
© 2013 Kathryn Hardage

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Redesigning and Building the Website

It all looks so easy. And it is getting easier. And harder. There is always something more to add. Right now, I am admitting to myself that there is a tremendous amount of material to present. I am adding pages to every instrument and early childhood song and theme category. I am starting to write the newsletter for each product release. I am finishing up the book forms for every new release. Where I haven’t finished writing the song, chant or fingerplay, I am finishing. Kind of like building the frame for the house, getting the walls up and then finishing the interior before you move in. That’s what it feels like. And it will be a strong structure when it is complete and can continue evolving with ever- appearing new songs, music writing books, and new layered ”lasagne” arrangements, musical parenting letters and all the other things that make publications so much fun to share. © 2013 Kathryn Hardage

Sunday, April 28, 2013

New Stage

My most recent stage consists of several pages of product lists and how to get them produced. I have been loving the creative process of receiving ideas and writing them down. I have gotten much better at turning them into books. Now, I am learning how to list them for sale. And then there will be another stage and another. This is a different kind of practicing. Practice in communication and sales. How can I give you what will most benefit your child? What is the best way to compensate me? I love moving toward our agreement. © 2013 Kathryn Hardage

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Percussion Level 1 Books on-line

My Musical Mind original six books for rhythm instruments are now available as e-books for download. These form the foundation for Music Reading Readiness. The six instruments are Rhythm Sticks, Triangle, Xylophone, Shaker, Guiro, Rainstick. Each instrument has two sounds and two symbols. The child may create original musical patterns with the large or small Composing Cards and read and play the patterns in the Musical Pattern Book. You do not need to have any musical background whatsoever to teach your pre-schooler these symbols and their sounds. What you do need to know is explained and described in each book.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Shake, Shake, Shake

Here is a fun chant to do with your baby. You may make homemade shakers out of any container with rice, popcorn, beans, or, my favorite sound, pistachio nut shells! Using a variety of sounds will help develop your baby's auditory discrimination. This will add your baby's pronunciation and ability to lean another language. It is also fun to see which sounds cause different reactions from your baby. Over time, as you expand your collection of shakers, you will see your baby choose certain ones. You may download it an an e-book here.

"My Baby"

This book presents a Theme, consisting of a Chant, a Movement Activity and a Song. “My Baby” gives the parents words to describe the wonder and beauty and intimacy of their new baby. It is fun to play with your baby. The words we share help the baby learn about his/her life. Describing our actions helps develop vocabulary. As you share this Theme, you will see how your baby responds and you will be able to add your own nonsense words and movements. As your baby grows, you will see anticipation in her eyes and hear words begin to form in the sounds he imitates with you. Kathryn Hardage

Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Leaves and Trees"

Here is an ebook called "Leaves and Trees". It has a Chant, a Fingerplay, and a Song for early childhood and early elementary age children. You may download it for $1 at:
As you spend time together, you and your child will be empowered by the rhythm of language, finger dexterity, sustaining pitches and learning about leaves and trees. You may enjoy taking a walk to collect some leaves to trace or draw later. You may enjoy taking photos of leaves or looking them up on the internet. This is a special way to spend ten dedicated minutes with your child. As you repeat the Theme each day, you will know your child feels the beat and is gaining more dextrous fingers and can hear the melody when s/he begins to chant and play and sing with you. This is a wonderful way to engage your child and to create focus through the many avenues of music. Kathryn Hardage aka “Kacky Muse” “I have a musical mind, musical indeed.