PUT ON PURPLE DAY

POPThe month of May is Lupus Awareness Month, among other things.  Lupus is a bit of a mystery. It has been in my life for a long time, as my Mother suffered from the disease.  However, this is not a sad post.  I’m hoping to help, in my own tiny way, to bring more awareness to the disease.

Why wear purple and why bring awareness?  The more people know about something, the more they care and are willing to help.

So to that end, I’ll be wearing purple on Friday May 18th, which is ‘Put on Purple Day.’ I’ve also made a children’s song about that wonderful color, purple!  The video for that is below.  I hope you will enjoy learning about the many things that can be purple and, perhaps, learn more about lupus, too.  You can visit The Lupus Foundation of America or  www.lupusawarenessmonth.org to find out more about Lupus Awareness Month and ‘Put on Purple Day.’

THE PURPLE SONG!

 

Mother’s Day Thoughts and Songs

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I know you shouldn’t use blurry photos, but this is one of my favorites.  My Mom & I giggling away. She was the best friend a girl could have.

Below you will find a couple of songs I have written to be used for Mother’s Day themed lesson plans or play time.

However, please keep in mind that, while Mother’s Day is a wonderful holiday, it can be hard for some. After losing my own mother I’m more aware of the fact that some children may have lost or never known one or both parents.  They may also not live with their parents at all.  Any of these situations can cause children to have many different feelings about Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

Many teachers make the choice of whether to do themed songs or activities for these occasions.  Discussion is always a great idea and works wonders even with the littlest little.

Now, without further ado, here are some songs and activities to add to your Mother’s Day repertoire.  Lyrics, and props used, for the songs can be found here.

“MOMMA MOMMA, I LOVE YOU”

This song is really easy to do a cappella with clapping.  It also offers some action steps towards the end.  So be sure to stand up and move!

“M-O-M, THAT SPELLS MOM”

Activities and Teaching Aides

Hello Parents and teachers!

You will find many tools to supplement your music program here.  From song and movement ideas to worksheets, it’s all here.

IMG_7902DISCO AT THE DISCO SAMPLE CLASSROOM PACK – (click to download folder)

This pack contains worksheets, Four-on-the-Floor song mp3, and lyrics.  The worksheets provide opportunities for discussion, creativity, and knowledge building, strengthening areas covered under core and performance arts standards.

$10.00 CLASSROOM BUNDLE AVAILABLE THROUGH TEACHERS PAY TEACHERS – includes a pdf of the book & full classroom pack (2 discussion sheets, 2 worksheets, 1 coloring page, lyric sheet, full song mp3, instrumental mp3, video breakdown).

** RECEIVE THE CLASSROOM BUNDLE WHEN YOU ORDER THE HARDCOVER** simply email your receipt & let me know you are a teacher & which school district you work for.

QUINTET SONG – music vocabulary and counting activity (download free flash cards here)

Use this activity to teach children the difference between solo, duo, trio, quartet, and quintet as they count and sing along.

 

 

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A LITTLE ABOUT ME:

beanbag - vibranceHi!  I’m Cherie Sola, a wife, songwriter, educator, writer, musician, and all around lover of all things creative. The arts have helped me express myself, study, and relate to people from many different backgrounds. Music, in particular, has been one the most impactful things in my life.

I’ve been involved in music from a young age, learning to play both piano and violin. It always amazed me that there were so many songs or compositions to fit my moods or show that others had felt what I was feeling.  I listened to everything: soul, r&b, funk, rock, jazz, classical, blues, country, grunge, K-Pop, new wave, and more!  I decided to study music in college.  There, the Rock & Roll History course further opened my eyes to how cool the history of music is and how much the culture and times influence music, and vice versa.

My first job was working at a childcare center.  I loved it.  I always enjoyed reading, tutoring, singing, and volunteering with children.  I decided to turn both my love of music and working with children into action.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Colorado at Denver and went into studying Early Childhood Development. My venture into music education started with teaching private and group piano lessons, mommy & me music, and preschool music classes for various companies & organizations around Los Angeles. I then embarked on my own business journey. Aside from continuing to read up on, and study, emerging trends in the fields of music and early childhood education, I continue to take classes to expand my own creative mind.   I am certified in CPR/First Aid with years of experience working with, and volunteering with, children; I’m also Trustline registered.  Currently, I enjoy volunteering with the wonderful organization Adventures to Dreams Enrichment.  My philosophy is to treat all children as individuals who process and learn in their own unique ways.

ABOUT MUSICALLY TRAINED:

mt logo - croppedThe power to find beauty in the world lies in our own hands.  My goal is to enable young children to engage with all the unique styles and cultures involved in music so they can bring that understanding with them in life. What better way to engage in history and culture than through singing, movement, discussion, and visual art?!

All of these elements weave wonderfully together and create a truly engaging learning experience.  Music helps develop self-expression and allows easy access to other cultures and ideas. I would love for children all around the world to have this experience.  So, I’ve created books, songs, activities, and other tools in hopes of helping in the field of music education for young children. Of course, I still have silly songs and lively action tunes too!  You can listen to original music, and some classics, on the Songs page and the Videos page.

Children should be able to become strong learners while still enjoying the freedom to explore and play!  I welcome suggestions from parents and educators so, please reach out with any thoughts you may have.

If you are in Southern California, contact me to find out about bringing the Paint by Genre class to your home or school.  All classes offered by Musically Trained build music theory knowledge, fine & gross motor skills, as well as aid in socio-emotional development.  I created the hybrid PAINT by GENRE class to allow children, ages 4 – 6, to experience the connection between music and visual art.  Find out more about the class here.