For moms in Savannah and the Coastal Empire


The amazing overconfidence of my reluctant violin student

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 08/22/2013 - 4:48pm

My 7-year-old son has a love-hate relationship with the violin. He has been taking lessons for two years now and there are clearly times when he loves playing. Just as there are clearly times when he hates practicing.

I think what my son hates most about practicing is that he is expected to do it a certain way, the “right” way. There is a correct way to hold the bow, to hold the violin, to move the bow, to place the fingers, and so on.

Little drummer boys and girl and husband take music to a new level at our house

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 07/17/2012 - 12:59pm

One day my husband wanted some drumsticks. We don't have drums or anything like that. He just wanted to be able to tap out some rhythms on buckets and such for a bit of fun.

So this weekend our family went to Portman's Music Superstore to find some basic drumsticks. The next thing I know my husband and our three kids all have their own set of drumsticks. So we have four sets of drumsticks – a different color for each person – and no drums.

Music lessons for babies?

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:57am

You've probably heard of the benefits of classical music and music lessons for children. Now a Canadian scientific study shows that music lessons for babies as young as 6 months old can have developmental benefits.

The kid-ification of music (it's not pretty!)

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 03/12/2012 - 7:58pm

What in the world compels someone to take perfectly good music and “kid-ify” it? You know... where the beat is lightened up, the singer smiles all the way through (you can hear it), and children's voices add echoes and chime in on the chorus.

The music teacher was running late... again

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 03/02/2012 - 3:21pm

The music lessons for my two big kids were scheduled for 5:00 yesterday... to last until 6:00. I planned to fix dinner after we got home. At 4:55 I spoke with the teacher on the phone, and she informed me that her earlier lesson had shown up 30 minutes late so she would not be at our lesson until 5:30.

Rudolph on the radio

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 11/30/2011 - 10:28pm

Christmas tunes fill the airwaves, and
I find myself for the first time trying to explain the wonder of
radio to my 2-year-old. He has a new favorite song, “Rudolph the
Red-nosed Reindeer,” which he can only hear at the random mercy of
the radio dj's.

Maybe I'm not ready for my kid's music lessons

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 09/09/2011 - 2:26pm

Two of my kids started music lessons this summer. We took August off, and now we've started back for September. The hardest part of taking lessons is the practice, of course. I know most kids don't naturally want to practice – at least until they reach a certain level of proficiency – but I did not realize what a challenge their practice would be for me, especially with my 5-year-old son.

Music lessons for the kids

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 06/21/2011 - 10:23pm

In my quest to find enriching activities for my kids, I have signed up my older two for music lessons. My 7-year-old daughter has started learning piano, and my 5-year-old son is learning the violin.

You always hear about how good it is for kids (and people in general) to learn to play an instrument, and my kids have not shown much interest in organized sports. So, once a week, we head over to the instructor's apartment and work on some new skills.

Family events coming this week & weekend

Family events coming this week & weekend

by Cate Mafera on Tue, 07/13/2010 - 10:48am

National Baton Twirling Championships
8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 13-17, Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Admission: Free. Nearly 800 athletes from 24 states will demonstrate their skill and
coordination during the 2010 U.S. National Baton Twirling
Championships. The event will be held July 12-17 at the Savannah Civic

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