Friday, January 7, 2022

A New Year Song - Walking Chimes

I love to make things from discarded materials and bring them new life. These chimes were made from discarded metal tent poles. The supports are bamboo from the woods near my house. I cut the pipes to make a C pentatonic scale. The chimes are spaced so that when you walk you play a song. The gaps are the rests.  I used metal coat hangers to hang them.  They are tied in place with curling ribbon.  This is easy to remove so that I can change the song periodically.  Enjoy the song and the new year!

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Musical Marble Falls

These photos are from August 6, 2020.  The video is from back in April when I made this little interactive exhibit in my yard during the stay at home orders due to Covid-19.  I had fun being home and working in the yard.  Most of the flower seeds I planted did not come up, but the volunteer grass has filled in.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Kaleidoscopes at Mint Museum


I'll be making kaleidoscope at the Mint Museum's Sunday Funday event this Sunday with folks from MakeSpace Charlotte.  Admission to the museum is free for kids and only $6.00 for adults.  Click here for more info and directions to the museum.  Click here for Kaleidoscope making instructions.






Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Music of the Universe Songbook

I have recently uploaded these songs that I recorded 20 years ago when I was a classroom music teacher and leading music workshops in Charlotte area schools.  You can listen and download the music from SoundCloud.  You can also download a PDF of the songbook below.  Contact me if you would like a hard copy of the songbook.



Saturday, September 2, 2017

Fall Music Classes

Join me for music classes on Monday mornings starting September 11 at Plantation Estates Retirement Community. The charge is $5.00/class. Pay as you go and no commitment to be there every week. Contact me if you are interested or with any questions.

World Music Drumming 10:00-10:45 (auditorium)
We will play large tubano floor drums which are a cross between conga drums and african djembes as well as smaller percussion instruments and marimbas as we explore drumming traditions from around the world. No previous experience is necessary.

Recorder Class 11-12 (craft room)
 Come and enjoy playing music with others as we play an eclectic mix of music with beautiful harmonies. We will do some review of the basics of playing and music reading, but mostly it will be playing songs in three and four parts. This could be an opportunity to learn the alto, tenor or bass if you already play soprano recorder. I have altos for loan or purchase. If you would like to join the class but have never played a recorder, contact me and I can get you started.

This is a video of the drumming and recorder classes playing along with Community Singers at our Spring Performance.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Music Party

Highlights from our Spring Sing Along featuring Charlotte Community Singers, Plantation Estates Recorder Class and Plantation Estates Drum Class.  All of the these groups are open to new members.  Please contact me if you are interested in joining us or visiting.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Old Time Jam Tunes in modal

This is our latest video of old time fiddle tunes.  These are all modal tunes.