Musical Children in the Making




Welcome New Instructor, Salome' Sandoval McNutt

 Salomé Sandoval McNutt is a music teacher native of Venezuela, who recently became an American citizen. Salomé holds a Master's degree in music (TN) and a graduate diploma in voice (MA). Salomé has taught private and classroom lessons in Spanish and English for over 20 years, with a strong emphasis in parent/student co-teaching and learning, social outreach and technology. In addition to singing in church services Salomé's specialty is singing and self-accompanying with different kinds of guitars (such as baroque guitars and lutes). As a teacher Salome loves tailoring lessons to fulfill the needs of a diverse group of students, using the latest technology to appeal to younger generations as well as giving students live performance experiences. Believing that it is never too early or too late to learn a musical instrument, she thrives on helping students succeed in their personal and academic goals. She understands that every student learns in a different way, and bases her teaching on the different sensory styles of learning. She believes that with patience and fun educational exercises, learning music is possible for anyone. Salomé lives in Chapel Hill, NC with her daughter and kitties. 

Musical Moments

Little Black Bug” can be sung with a simple melody or chanted.  It    incorporates both long and short sounds and includes lots of fun animal sounds.  What other animals can you think of that make long and/or short sounds?

Little Black Bug
Little black bug
Little black bug
Where have you been?
“I’ve been under the rug”
Said the little black bug—

Little blue fly
Little blue fly
Where have you been?
“I’ve been way up high”
Said the little blue fly—

Little gray mouse
Little gray mouse
Where have you been?
“I’ve been all through the house”
Said the little gray mouse—

Little brown snake
Little brown snake
Where have you been?
“I’ve been swimming in the lake”
Said the little brown snake—

Chant this Halloween song or sing your own special tune.  Add more fun by to including some hand motions. Can you find the REALLY LONG & short sounds?

Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sittin’ on a gate
The first one says, “Oh my, it’s getting late!”
The second one says, “Leaves are falling through the air...”
The third one says, “We don’t care!”
The fourth one says, “Let’s run and run and run.”
The fifth one says, “I’m ready for some FUN!!”
Then, wooooooooohhhhh went the wind,
And OUT (clap!) went the lights,
And the five little pumpkins ROOOLLED (roll hands) out of sight.

October - Duration (long and short sounds)

 Duration of sounds—both inside and outside of the musical realm—can be easily related to a child’s everyday activities and the world around him or her.  Use sounds and patterns in your home to point out differences as well -  the clock ticking, the sound of water running, tapping on the table or floor, a kitten’s purr, etc.  It is most  important to help children recognize the difference between ONE long sound and a succession of short sounds.  Short sounds are often repeated with little pauses between, but they are still short sounds!  Older children may understand that if we can count them, they are usually short sounds.  Whereas, long sounds are one continuous sound.  Another clue: how do you want to move when you hear them?  Do you feel like marching OR skating? Clapping OR swaying?

   One of the most famous pieces of music is also one of the clearest examples of long and short sounds. The first movement of
Beethoven’s 5th Symphony starts out with the motif - short, short, short looooong. You can listen to this music and emphasize and over  dramatize this section with different movements that correspond with the short and long sounds.  Some examples might be jog in place for three short sounds and then pretend a long skating movement (take a big long step and drag your other foot) for the one looooong sound.

​​Lara's Letter

What a great start to a fun year of  learning about music and how it is all around us if we just stop and listen. In September we had a fantastic time getting to know our new friends, Exploring Our Singing Voices and keeping the Steady Beat with music and rhythm games. 

   Coming up in October students will learn about looooooong and short sounds from many different sources. Animal sounds such as moooooooos and clucks are perfect examples of the difference between these sounds. How many can you find? See page 2 for more on this!

   Parents often ask how they can be a part of their child’s music journey if they don’t have a musical background. You don’t have to be “musical” to support  musical children! Immerse your home in music. Have music playing in the background whenever possible - make it diverse; interact with the music - sing, sway, bounce, pat, clap, be a part of the music; encourage your child to sing; attend live music concerts - most symphony orchestras have “pops” concerts which are very family friendly; and find music in  our everyday world! Your child’s music instructor will send e-mails to update you about what your child did in class each week. Try some of the activities suggested, visit the At-Home Activities on the website, click on the links when provided and follow Kidstunes on Facebook for regular ideas and tips on fostering your child’s musicality!