Hey Rockstars! Er m’gosh! Soooo Excited! Everything has been recorded and now it’s all about mixing and singing names. Here’s a double-feature for you: Jingle Bell Rock, followed by ¡Feliz Navidad!. (No customized names in these recordings… YET!) If you haven’t ordered yet, please do it soon. I suspect things are going to get real backed up by the time Black Friday comes!
$40 for a customized CD (plus $5 shipping) or $30 for just a download version.
EMAIL ME! firstname.lastname@example.org
Mister Bradley customized Holiday CD update: I recorded the instrumentals today for “The Christmas Song” and “Jingle Bell Rock”. I’m so stoked! Also, here are some mock-ups for how the covers might look. In addition to a customized cover with your little one’s name in the title, I’ll be taking orders for favorite colors too! Who else would like to “Pledge-to-Order”? Email me! email@example.com . I’m looking for 12 more pledges before I really start cutting a rug over here. CDs will be 40 bucks.
I hope your Thanksgiving was fantastic!
And I want to spread the word: Mister Bradley will be performing at the Houston Children’s Museum this Saturday and Sunday in the auditorium. 3:00pm on both days. Come on out! And make musical merriment with us!
The Week of Jan 20th, 2014
I have a lot of video links here for this letter. And I think it could be a great way to enhance your child’s experience in music class last week. I urge you to share these videos with them and talk about them!
Last week we learned about the difference between “polyphonic” and “monophonic”. Polyphonic instruments are instruments that can play more than one note at a time, like a piano or a guitar. Monophonic instruments can only play one note at a time. With some exceptions, wind instruments like trumpets and flutes, are monophonic.
To demonstrate this point, I had a recorder, a tibetan ritual horn, and a train whistle.
The recorder is monophonic. And I demonstrated playing the refrain melody from John Phillips Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever”. Children enjoyed guessing what had both stripes AND stars. (Not a zebra, not the nights sky…buuuut…)
I have a video here below of a recorder being played with an orchestra. And since your child has seen one played in class, I think it would be an interesting connection for them to make if you choose to watch this video with them. See if they can point out the recorder flute:
The tibetan horn is also a monophonic instrument. I had a small tibetan horn for a demonstration. Although I was bummed I couldn’t find one as big as the one in this video;)
The train whistle, on the other hand is polyphonic, since it has 4 holes that all get blown at the same time, to make that signature “train sound”. The kids recognize this instantly. (And of course, we enjoyed singing “I’ve Been Working On The Railroad”)
For parents with children at the CATHEDRAL SCHOOL, RICE CHILDREN’S CAMPUS, or HEARTS HOME BRIGHT HORIZONS on VOSS:
If you have not signed up for Spring Opus One classes or if you’re not on auto-pay please do so right now!
If you’re child is not signed up this week, I won’t be able to have your child in class.
If you need more time or if you are sending in payment online tonite, shoot me an email and let me know, so I can be sure to have them in class.
I am at the CATHEDRAL SCHOOL Monday morning; RICE CHILDREN’S CAMPUS on Tuesday afternoon; and HEARTS HOME BRIGHT HORIZONS on Wednesday afternoon.
This past week was all about BUGS! That’s right. Bugs. We sang about ladybugs and pretending to make them crawl on our toes, ankles, knees, thighs, thumb, wrist, elbow, shoulder. We also talked about how ladybugs are good to have in your garden because they eat the bugs that eat your vegetables.
We enjoyed a few different renditions of Itsy Bitsy Spider, including one in Spanish as well as a silly one, The Great Big Harry Spider.
By the way, here is a link to a sample of a Mister Bradley recording of Itsy Bitsy Spider.
(CDs are still on sale! And if you’re extra nice, I can extend the holiday discount of 5 dollars off!. Give it a Listen!
We also sang about Caterpillars turning into Butterflies.
Finding this video made my day!
Laura and I have made the move to Houston! I’ll be working with an excellent business called “Opus One” which services numerous private pre-schools with a roster of very talented teaching artists. I’ve joined a team!
So, if you know of anyone in Houston that needs the perfect kids entertainment for a birthday party or family event, lemme know! If they mention the word “sunshine” they get a special discount.
I also have another phone number. It is 512-412-1117
Check out the best new place for kids north of Caesar Chavez! THE LITTLE YOGA HOUSE.
I’ll be playing music at their grand opening event tomorrow at 1:00pm
GRAND OPENING PARTY!!
We are so excited to open our doors this week! Come celebrate this weekend with us at our grand opening party.
10:00 Family Yoga (with children ages 0-5)
12:00 Family Yoga (with children ages 6+)
1:00 Kid’s Musical Jam with Mr. Bradley
1:00-2:00 Open House
6:00 Party – live music, food, drinks!
Bring the whole family! Tell your friends!
We look forward to celebrating with you all!
Peace & Love
abby + an