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Shape of Music | Melody

Written by Mete Bakircioglu Welcome back to “The Shape of Music,” a five-part series where we take you through the magic of music. I’ll explain how music works and what makes it sound so good. Last episode we studied rhythm: the heartbeat of music. Follow along as we learn about melody, the tune that gets […]

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Worry Dolls

Long ago, there was a Mayan princess named Ixmucane (icks-moo-ca-neigh). Her father, the Sun God, granted her a very special gift- the ability to take away any problem a human could experience. Though this tale has faded into legend, the people of Guatemala have kept it alive through worry dolls, little handmade dolls crafted in […]

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The Shape of Music | Rhythm

This article was written by Mete Bakircioglu and edited by Sarah Zwinklis Welcome to “The Shape of Music,” a five-part series where we go through the magic of music—how it works and what makes it sound so good. Music is an art form that we’re all familiar with to a certain degree. It’s the sounds […]

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ICAN COLOR! Mountain Day

Happy mountain day! Also known as ‘Yama no hi’ Mountain Day is Japan’s newest public holiday. Japan celebrated the first official Mountain Day on August 11, 2016. Today we’re appreciating the beautiful mountains in the Pacific Northwest! “Fuji-san” is Japan’s tallest peak, at 3,776 meters To celebrate Mountain Day, artist Shayla Bailey created a coloring […]

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Learn and Listen- Strings!

Ever heard the sweet song of a violin? The bouncing of a bass? The twinkling of a harp? If you have, then you’re already familiar with the string family!  What makes an instrument part of the string family? Well, strings, of course! Their bodies are wooden and hollow, which allows sound to vibrate inside when the strings are […]

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Animal Music!

If animals could write music, can you imagine what kind of music your favorite animal would create? Maybe a frog’s music would sound like chirping or hopping. Maybe a swan’s music would sound smooth and graceful. Maybe a duck’s music would sound like quacking and splashing! Sometimes composers use their imaginations and write their own […]

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Storytime Activity: This is a Sea Cow

On July 23rd the International Childrens Arts Network is premiering This is a Sea Cow, a story written and illustrated by Cassandra Federman and published by Albert Whitman and Co. In this colorful book, we follow Sea Cow- or Manatee as she prefers to be called, as she comes to life on the pages of […]

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Zentangles

Zentangle? What’s a Zentangle? Zentangle is a really cool type of art that creates wild pictures, the ‘tangle’, through lots of thought and focus, the ‘zen’.  Follow along to learn how to make zentangles. This art form was created by a couple named Rick and Maria Roberts in 2003. Maria was drawing a pattern in the background of a picture she […]

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