Muse at Work

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About the author:
Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra loved singing as a child, and began playing the piano for classroom singing from third grade on. Pamela teaches young children through post-doctoral students. She served as Professor of Music and Director of the Collegium Musicum at Bethany College and Eastern Michigan University, and as Senior Researcher at the Göteborg Organ Art Center in Sweden. Ruiter-Feenstra's passion for children, choral music, early music, liturgy, historic keyboard instruments, and improvisation coalesce in her vocation as performing and recording artist, pedagogue, composer, author, and conductor. Author of the acclaimed Bach and the Art of Improvisation (CHI Press) and artist of four CDs on organ and harpsichord (see and, Pamela developed Muse over a decade of working with children to nurture their imaginations, find their calm centers, to learn optimal self-care and care for the earth, and to find and cherish their own voices, as their singing provides a portal to lifelong learning. Among my favorite things: enjoying my cherished family, collecting burgundy- and amber-veined leaves on golden autumn days, leading ensembles to join their voices in song in transformative community, hearing the waves of Lake Michigan and feeling the sand and water dance over my toes, playing historic organs in northern Europe where the pure sounds feed my soul, learning new languages as musical communication in context, African hair braiding, ice skating and cross country skiing in remote places, to hear the range of "swish, chu, fluhn, and creech" sounds of ice and snow at varying conditions painting my eardrums.

Muse at Work

Sing to Learn: Learn to Sing!

Authored by Dr, Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra
Illustrated by Cayla Samano

Infused with singing, Muse at Work unlocks the mysteries of how music works. With more than 35 original songs and 100 applications, tables, examples, and templates,
Muse at Work features creative (right-hemisphere) and analytical (left-hemisphere)
integrated, multi-disciplinary learning about the building blocks of music.
(An holistic approach to musicianship for children, youth, and adults)

*Learn clefs with robots,
*explore note names with caterpillar games, and note reading with birds,
*enhance your math skills with note values as fractions, multiples, & dividends,
*practice spatial perception and artistic imagination by writing notes and rests
in simple and compound meters,
*improvise and compose melodies with poetic meters, major & minor scales,
and modes,
*study orchestral instruments with a famous mouse conductor,
*build your own musical instrument book,
*foster sensorial integration by listening to sound with multiple senses,
*hone writing skills by describing sound in stories and images,
*sing with affect, expression, and understanding,
*experience songs that reveal the multi-faceted personalities of modes,
*compare pentagons to pentatonic modes, and cut-out cubes to tetrachords,
*understand musical intervals and inversions as math equations and
natural properties of the physics of sound,
*track and compose musical sequences and build sequential thinking,
*meet Guido d'Arezzo, the monk who invented "Do, re, mi,"
*imagine Crazy Giraffes Driving... to recall key signatures,
*sleuth out the puzzles of rhyme schemes and musical forms, and
*create your own Music Joke and Riddle Book.

Publication Date:
0983565732 / 9780983565734
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Music / Instruction & Study / Theory

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