Director's Blog

By Deb Cavanaugh on September 28, 2015

      Audiation is a musical term created by Dr. Edwin Gordon. Audiation basically refers to singing a tune or rhythm in your head without making any sound with your voice or body.

       "Audiation is the foundation of musicianship. It takes place when we hear and comprehend music for which the sound is no longer or may never have been present. One may audiate when listening to music, performing from notation, playing “by ear,” improvising, composing, or notating music " - Edwin E. Gordon

      For many years, even before I started teaching Music Together®, I encouraged my private students to listen carefully, then sing a melody before they tried to play it.  Little did I know that I was encouraging audiation.  In order to sing in key, we have to be able to audiate.  Often, when learning a new instrumental piece, I sing it to myself or audiate the piece before trying to play it.  If it is implanted in my brain through my voice, I can then transfer it to my fingers.  Children can learn to audiate by singing a familiar song then singing it again leaving out a line or two but audiating so that when you start singing again, you pick up right in the perfect spot - without even missing a beat.  This works great with songs that have hand motions.  Try it at home.  It's fun and helpful to your child's and to your music development. 



The importance of singing lullabies to your child
By Deb Cavanaugh on September 21, 2015

      Every semester I talk about how important it is to sing lullabies.  I finally found a great article that tells some of the benefits of lullabies.  And here is another one:

      I was lucky enough to grow up in a family where music was a part of our every day life.  We sang in the car, every night after dinner and my siblings and I were always sung lullabies before going to sleep.  I can't remember a time when there was not music.  My father came from a musical family and had a great singing voice.  He taught me rounds, descants and harmonies before I was 4 years old.  My mother never sang a note in key her whole life, but I loved it when she sang.  She didn't know many songs but made up her own words to existing songs.  I can still hear her singing, "Rock a baby, rock a bye; Rock a baby, bye and bye" to the tune of Rock of Ages.  That is one of my most heartwarming memories from my childhood.  I hope you enjoy both articles, and please sing to your child or children every night.

By Deb Cavanaugh on July 28, 2015

Welcome to this new website.  I hope we all find it easy to navigate.  With the addition of two new Heldeberg Music Together sites and the loss of one, I decided it was time for a face lift.  Please let me know what you think of it.  I will be posting interesting articles or anecdotes from classes here from time to time.  I hope you enjoy it.

Here's the first article: