Monthly Archives: November 2014

Today is the Day! Why is today so important?

Everywhere you look on social media today, you will be sure to see “Today is the day! Make it happen! Support the arts!!!” plastered on Facebook walls, on emails blasts, tweeted all over your feed. Let’s be real here, it’s no secret that today is Give to the Max day in Minnesota. So, why is today a better day to donate to your favorite local non profit? Well, to make it simple, today has bigger and better incentives ($$$) by the big guys in charge of GiveMn at Springboard for the Arts. There are prizes given today that aren’t normally given, and there are FEES WAIVED that normally are kept by the bigger parties at hand. To make it more than simple… today we get more of the money you donate!!! Donate now!

IMG_4636.JPGI am a voice teacher on staff and a board member of Chanson Voice & Music Academy. This school is an amazing community to be a part of! There is passion and excitement around every corner. I have been an active part in this school’s transition into fiscal sponsorship as we continue to branch out towards becoming a full non-profit organization.

IMG_4636.JPGI am a leader in the Lyrebird choral program and will continue being active in the development of all our school’s programming. We are working hard to get new programs up and running. We want to help make music lessons and classes more affordable for families who cannot otherwise prioritize them. We want to stretch our walls out into the community and start making a difference! The donations made on Give to the Max Day will help make this expansion possible!

IMG_4638.JPGI’m writing to let you know about an opportunity we have to raise extra funds for Chanson Voice & Music Academy. Springboard for the Arts will donate $10 to CVMA for every person that makes a donation between 10-11am TODAY! Donate now and supporting this great music school and the arts community it provides.

Donations are tax deductible and can be made here.

IMG_4635.JPGIt really is best if you give between 10 and 11 today, but of course donating at ANY time is truly appreciated. You can schedule a payment here, now!

Also, you can help by spreading the word about Chanson Voice & Music Academy and our Give to the Max Campaign. Every donation in ANY amount really adds up!

Thank you so much for your support!

 

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Say What!?

Lately, we have been watching a lot of Hairspray (the movie) at our house. My child loves to dance and sing, and she is right at the age now where she has memorized how the songs go and loves to perform right along with the characters. I happen to enjoy the movie, too, so if I had to pick something to replay off and on, Hairspray is an okay choice. As a mom, I like that the content is slightly controversial and that the subject of race and social progress is a prominent and positive vision for my young one. Even if she cannot grasp the concepts, it remains a positive view for her.

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Hairspray (2007)

As Emers has started preschool and gotten the chance to be further exposed to diversity, we have watched her remain un-phased by other children’s differences. It’s truly a remarkable innocence. It is much like the realization from other children that Emers has two moms. Literally, no moment of pause or hesitation from other children, except possibly to say, “Oh, I only have one mom…”. When Em cannot understand a child at the park who is speaking another language, she now understands that concept; She used to be confused as to why she couldn’t tell what they were saying, although still pretty un-phased. Now she knows that she can just go up and start talking and if they can both speak English, great, and if not, they play anyway!

So, yesterday on my way to drop the little one off at preschool, I almost spit out my coffee as she says, “Mama, Link [from Hairspray] says ‘Kiss my ass’…”. I must have misheard her. I ask her to say it again and she repeats the same sentence with a big sweet smile on her face. Oh no… I tried to explain to her how that is a naughty phrase and when Link says that he gets in trouble. “No he doesn’t”. I explain that after he says it he gets sent to detention, something she knows nothing about. “That room with Tracy? Where he dances?”. Oy. Yes. Sigh… So, I reroute the conversation saying that he gets a note to take home to his parents saying he was naughty in school.

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To my child, saying “stupid” is a naughty word, or “shut up”. Real swear words or phrases mean nothing to her. Her innocent and unapologetic faith in the world holds firm. I can see why in a movie like Hairspray she would think this phrase meant something good. Link says it to his teacher and winks at Tracy, and then they both go to detention together to join the dance party… frankly, something my child would love to join in on! So at the end of the day, when my child once again repeats the phrase “Kiss my ass”, I have to firmly announce that I never want to hear her say that again. That if I hear a teacher tell me she says it, I will be very upset. And now she knows it’s really naughty.

I know I will hear the phrase again, and in all honesty, other than not wanting other people to think I talk that way around my child, I don’t really care much about the words themselves. We don’t talk like that around the house, and my child doesn’t even think it’s a defiant phrase. She thinks it’s a funny, cute saying, to be said with a grin and followed by a wink. No matter what I say, it will stay that way in her mind. She will remain positive and full of faith in the world until we as adults start to change her mind about things – until we start to fill children with our own views and prejudices.

So take this lesson and know that children are watching and listening- soaking up everything they see and hear. Know that they remain un-phased and innocent until you give them a reason to question and doubt the goodness of world. So do I continue to let Emers watch musicals that use “bad” phrases and cover controversial topics? Yes, I do. And I continue to teach her what she can and cannot repeat… because… well, for no better reason than “because I said so”.

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Hairspray (2007) final scene

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Happy Veteran’s Day

I have been lucky enough to know many veterans in my life. Thank you to all who have served in the past or are currently serving in our nation’s armed forces. I have been very close to many wonderfully patriotic friends and family members. I am so proud of each and every one of you, and I feel lucky to know you. I hope that today you are filled with pride for the work you have done.

I am thinking of you today, so grateful to know you.

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