There are lots of fun events in our area to celebrate the Fourth of July.  

Matthews People’s Parade  – There will be bike and wagon decorating and a parade along with bounce houses, food trucks, and more --  followed by a concert at Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews 

Stroll along South Street in Davidson  for a parade that will include a color guard, a fire engine and lots of patriotism. McEver Field, 626 South Street, Davidson

Sky Show Charlotte  combines baseball and Independence Day for a fun festival of rides, food trucks, and live music at a free street party from 2 – 10 pm.   The Charlotte Knights play at 6:05 pm. Mint Street and MLK Jr. Blvd.



John Philip Sousa composed “Stars and Stripes Forever” in 1896, and it remains one of the greatest marches in our country’s repertoire.  On this week of celebrating the Fourth of July, find this famous march on your favorite streaming device and let your child try her hand- and feet- at some large movement.

When kids move to music in a large way (like skipping, jumping, marching, twirling), they are not just developing their coordination, balance, and concentration abilities, they are also developing part of the brain that will help them to speak, read, write and play instruments.  From being in class, you know how to move on the micro and macro beats, and you can broaden that to super quick and super slow beats, ‘march’ like different animals...really let your child’s imagination direct the fun while you’re waiting for the fireworks.



Have you ever had a song stuck in your head?  For me, this week it was Bohemian Rhapsody.  My son and I recently watched the movie and for days afterward, in my head, all I could hear was “Gallileo, Gallileo, Gallileo, Gallileo, Gallileo, figaro, magnifico…” This got me thinking about “songs in our heads.”

On June 10th, we wrote about the RECEPTION and EXPRESSION loop:  children must receive a lot of musical input in order to express music with their mouths and bodies.  What also happens in that loop is some good old-fashioned “song in my head” time – or what we call AUDIATION. Audiation describes the experience of hearing music in our minds even when there is no external music present.  And audition occurs in the silence. When a child’s audiation of a song or chant is accurate, then its outer expression is likely to be accurate, and we’ll hear our children sing in tune!

A child needs many chances to experiment – both consciously and unconsciously – with creating the outer reality and comparing it with his inner audiation of the music.  By repeatedly listening to and comparing her musical expressions with yours, as well as with the performances on the recording, she is gradually building her ability to audiate and “think musically.”

So, yes!  Give lots of opportunities for reception.  But allow those silences in between, where your son or daughter can hear music in their head, and begin the process of expressing music accurately.