How To Make A Cute Music Box For Your Little Boy Or Girl

Copyright 2006 Monique Hawkins

If you are creative and want to make something special for your little boy or girl, a cute music box would sure bring a smile to their face as well as create a memory to last a lifetime! If you are so inclined, here are the directions for a fun “Whistle While You Work” music box taken from Sharon Ganske’s book, “Making Marvelous Music Boxes.”

Materials Needed

For the Base, Including Music Box Accessories:

Wooden trunk
9″ wide X 5 1/2″ deep x 5″ high
18 note key-wind musical movement
Turntable, 1″
Key extende, 1/2″
4 wooden bells, 1″
Wood Sealer

Decorative Accessories for Music Box:

Assortment of Lego buiding blocks
Yellow Lego building board, 5″ x 5 1/2″
Border stencil, 1 1/2″-wide design
Acrylic Paint Colors:

To match Lego building blocks


Adhesives and Spray Sealer:

Industrial strength glue
Stencil, Adhesive, or tape
Gloss spray sealer

Tools and Brushes:

Drill with 1/4″ drill bit
Old paintbrush
Paper towels


Sponge brush

Step by Step Assembly Instructions

Step One:

Using sandpaper, sand the wooden trunk of the music box as well as the lid. Next, use an old paintbrush to apply wood sealer to the trunk and lid following the manufacturer’s directions. Allow to dry throughly.

Step Two:

Using a paintbrush, paint the sides of the trunk with yellow acrylic paint. Next, paint the lid and bottom of base with blue and bells with red.

Step Three:

Using stencil, adhesive, or tape, center the border stencil between top and bottom of one side of the trunk. Using a stenciling sponge brush, sponge the stencil with green, red, and blue acrylic paint. Dip a small edge of the sponge brush in green acrylic paint, stenciling one side at a time. Blot on paper towels. Then, lighlty sponge one area at a time that is to be green, being careful not to get paint on unwanted areas. Allow to dry throughly.

You will next carefully sponge over the green areas again with enough coats to cover them completely-do not apply the paint too heavily or it will run under the stencil. Do not remove the stencil. Repeat the process with red and then blue. When dry, remove the stencil, and sponge the three remaining sides in the same way. Allow to dry throughly. Spray trunk, lid, and bells with gloss sealer.

Step Four:

Drill a 1/4″ hole in the center front of trunk.

Step Five:

Using industrial strength glue, glue a few Lego blocks together for a winding knob. Glue turntable to back center for Lego winding knob.

Step Six:

Glue musical movement inside trunk, making sure the winding-key shaft is centered in hole. Remove the lid. Glue 5″ x 5 1/2″ yellow Lego building board to top of the lid, making sure it is centered. Turn the trunk upside down, and glue one bell to bottom of the box at corners for legs. Allow to dry.

Step Seven:

Wind the turntable onto key extender. Wind the key-extender onto the winding key-shaft. The turntable is the winding key. Using the remaining Lego building blocks, create anything you desire. Then, you can take the creation apart and build something new as well!

Making a music box for your child can be a lot of fun. All it takes is a willingness to try. Begin today and create a memory to last a lifetime!

Top Reasons For Taking Guitar Lessons In A Proper Music School

You’ve always wondered how your favorite guitar shredders have learned their skills. You’ve heard it all – this guy learned on his own, this rocker chick quit guitar lessons and learned by ear, or this guitar sensation used to be a child prodigy. It can happen, but not to everyone since no two people are alike.

Let’s face the fact that there are also online or program-based guitar lessons that you can just download or watch on YouTube. But the approach is too generic and can sometimes be overwhelming especially to anyone who is just starting from scratch.

By enrolling yourself or your child in a proper music school, you’ll see the big difference when it comes to the personalized teaching techniques of the instructors. You can learn how to play an acoustic guitar or any string instrument when someone is guiding you through the lessons. Often times, the lessons include written, classroom type lessons about the history of music, instruments, the famous composers/musicians, and how to read notes and music sheets. (Check out MSOM website to find out more about the teaching techniques for guitar lessons.)

Most of the time, what you’ll get online or via downloadable software are ‘shortcuts’ of how to do things. For some, those types of lessons are effective, especially when they already know the basics of guitar playing. Acoustic guitar lessons and even electric guitar lessons can be done online these days. But for someone who doesn’t know anything yet, will find these programs confusing or too advanced to start off.

An example of a proper music lessons is the classical guitar lessons in Melbourne where children from as early as seven years old can learn how to play this instrument. With the help of a real music teacher, a child will be able to develop the skill while also developing his confidence at the same time. Assurances and getting compliments from a human person are also great, for these things affect the emotion; thus, encouraging positive attitude and the willpower to learn more each day. (You can check MSOM website for more info on private guitar lessons Melbourne.)

Another way of boosting the confidence of music students is via recitals and concerts. A recital is vital for someone who’s learning the ropes of playing their preferred instrument. This is like a graduation or recognition day wherein each student plays their chosen piece in front of the audience. The concerto is usually an event for the advanced students who can play several music pieces together or as a lead musician.

Although, many still think that learning guitar and other instruments will need a lot of money, there are proper music schools that will charge reasonably and will depend on the progress and abilities of the student. By enrolling your child to a proper music school, you can be sure that his passion for guitar playing is established until he grows up because he is backed with actual lessons. So, take the first step by having your child’s guitar-playing ability assessed at a proper music school.

Classical Music In Edinburgh

If classical music is your thing, or you would like to try something different at the Edinburgh Festival, then hope that next year’s festival will be as bold and exciting as 2011’s. There will no doubt be some worthwhile classical concerts to see, if you are thinking of visiting the city then.

Following Edinburgh’s emphasis this year on things east of Suez, one of the highlights in the festival was The Arditti Quartet. They dedicated the first part of their morning recital almost completely to the works of Japanese composers. Toru Takemitsu’s A way a Lone was a one of the familiar sounds – having been part of the Arditti Quartet’s repertory for a long time. The music was also peppered here and there with references to Berg and Schoenberg. The resulting creation was beautiful and to an extent enjoyable, but it left no memorable moments that made me want to hear it all over again.

The Life-Cycle of a Lotus Plant – from germination to decay, was supposedly replicated in musical form within Hosokawa’s piece, but there was nothing in particular about the music which made it unique to the life of a lotus plant. The music could quite easily have been about a long journey – the beginning – the planning of the trip, to the little anecdotal encounters on the way – its climax; and finally the arrival at some destination.

The trouble with the Arditti quartet, unfortunately, is that it is forever including new and unfamiliar works in its programmes. That often means that its audience tend to concentrate on what they are playing rather than how they are playing the piece or interpreting it.

The quartet was formed by the Violinist Irvine Arditti who teamed up with John Senter, Lenox Mackenzie and Levine Andrade in 1974. It is particularly known for its interpretation of contemporary music – not necessarily classics.

Arditti has performed with a lot of renowned orchestras and ensembles such as the Bayerische Rundfunk, Royal Concertgebouw, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Oslo Sinfonietta and Schoenberg Ensemble. He has recorded more than thirty albums based on his solo works and recorded well over a hundred and fifty with the quartet.

If you are staying in a luxury Edinburgh hotel then ask the staff at reception to advise you on where to find the best live classical music in town. The Edinburgh Hilton usually has a lot of leaflets which might help you find what you are looking for. Their front desk staffs are also very friendly and knowledgeable.

Producing Music Connect With An Audio Engineer To Release Music That Reaches Fans

For the independent artist, sounding great isn’t a luxury only available to big time artists anymore – it is a necessity. Music sales may have diminished, but that doesn’t mean that recorded music is on its way out. Far from it. More music is being consumed on more devices by more listeners than ever before in history! Musicians are making their music available on internet and satellite radio, online music streaming services such as Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, Deezer, and YouTube, selling on direct-to-fan sites such as CD Baby, Bandcamp, and ReverbNation, and still pushing sales through -traditional’ online retailers such as iTunes and Amazon MP3. Let’s face it, there is no excuse for an artist to release sub-par recordings.

For some people, audio engineers are still mysterious. To others, they are -evil’ manipulators of music, creating false, auto-tuned, machines out of terrible artists. This, however, is far from the truth. Every record, no matter the type, gets taken care of by a tracking engineer, mixing engineer, and mastering engineer. The recording engineer uses many of microphones and technique to accurately capture and record the artist’s performance as it occurs in the recording studio. The mixing engineer takes all of the separate audio tracks and crafts the music to sound great and convey the song’s emotion. He sets proper levels, panning, EQ, compression, and adds creative effects where possible to complement the musician’s vision. Lastly, the mastering engineer uses unique gear and highly trained ears in an acoustically accurate room to subtly polish and prepare the track for final release and ensure the recording translates to a variety of playback systems. “While many audio techniques can enhance the final production, we engineers are not magicians and can’t replace a poor performance or terrible recording,” says Scott of Virtual Mix Engineer.

Recorded music is more often used as promotional vessel for musicians. The real money currently is in touring, publishing, sync placements, and merchandise. When a listener connects with an artist’s music, they’ll listen to their music, tweet, and share the music with their friends. The fans want to support the artist and buy tickets to their shows, purchase apparel, and follow and interact with the artist through social media. As the musician grows in popularity, their music may be chosen for sync placements in film and TV, which not only provides great exposure, it also pays quite well. To make it to this stage however, it all begins with a great song and polished recording.

The rise of do-it-yourself recording has led to more musicians releasing music than ever before. With a powerful PC, some microphones, a digital audio workstation, and a little know-how, anyone can create and release music. One area where many artists fall short is failing to recognize their weaknesses in mixing. An experienced mixer has the right tools, but most importantly the knowledge to make a recording reach its full potential. Though it can be difficult for an artist, letting go and trusting your mix engineer will take your recordings to the next level and help you stand out from the others. Fans are instantly attracted to a well-written and performed song that sounds like a hit.

Spend the proper time in pre-production, ensuring your song and arrangement are as solid as possible. Then and only then, book time in the best studio you can afford to record your basic tracks. Connect with a local or online mixing engineer within your budget whose work and personality you gel with, and tweak the mixdown until you’re satisfied. Lastly, send the songs off to mastering for that final touch. Once your production is finished, you can get the music into multiple venues and into the ears of your listeners and fans.

Music Teacher Resources At Your Fingertips

Music is not a theoretical subject like Science or Math that is why it is arguably more challenging to teach such. Music teachers must then tap resources to further augment, enhance and improve their teaching competence. Instructional strategies, methodologies and materials, including various music teacher resources have been developed thru the years that most music teachers use for their lessons.

One such approach is the Kodly method, which stresses the benefits of physical instruction and response to music. It resides within a fun, educational framework built on a solid grasp of basic music theory and music notation in various verbal and written forms. Trademark methods include the use of solfege hand signals, musical shorthand notation (stick notation) and rhythm solmization (verbalization).

Another is the Orff Schulwerk, which begins with a students innate abilities to engage in music, using basic rhythms and melodies. It encourages improvisation and discourages adult pressures and mechanical drills. To accommodate the requirement of the approach, a special group of instruments was developed from modifications of the glockenspiel xylophone, metallophone, drum, and other percussion instruments.

The Suzuki method, meanwhile, uses music education to enrich the lives and moral character of its students by creating the same environment for learning music that a person has for learning their native language. Love, high quality examples, praise, and a timetable set by the students developmental readiness for learning a particular technique make up this said environment.

Swiss musician and educator mile Jaques-Dalcroze also worked out a method divided into three fundamental concepts the use of solfege, improvisation, and eurhythmics. The last, the methods trademark, teaches concepts of rhythm, structure and musical expression using movement. It allows the student to gain physical awareness and experience of music through training utilizing all senses, particularly kinesthetic.

Other notable methods include Gordon Music Learning Theory, which provides the music teacher a comprehensive method and resources for teaching musicianship through audiation, the developer Edwin E. Gordon’s term for hearing music in the mind with understanding. Another is Conversational Solfege, which views music as an aural art with a literature based curriculum. The scheme consists of rhythm and tonal patterns and decoding the patterns using syllables and notation.

The Carabo-Cone or Sensory-Motor Approach to Music, on the other hand, involves using props, costumes, and toys for children to learn basic musical concepts of staff, note duration, and the piano keyboard. In Manhattanville Music Curriculum Project (MMCP), meanwhile, students are given freedom to create, perform, improvise, conduct research and investigate different facets of music in a spiral curriculum.

New methods for community music education in urban setting are Applied Groovology and Path Bands. It advocates parents encouraging their children to more freely experience the natural joys of improvised music and dance though grooving and dandling. Path Bands, in particular, use improvised multicultural brass bands for active lifelong participation in music.

New methodologies and strategies are sure to arise. These will be welcome addition to the accepted set. Yet, no matter how many choices there exist, any noble music teacher would choose only what he thinks is best.

Loud Music And People With Tinnitus

Very loud music or noise is one of the most common factors why there are people with tinnitus. The ear has small hairs in the cochlea and these vibrate when sounds enter the ear. These hairs are attached to nerve cells from the roots and when it starts to vibrate these nerve cells take this vibration and send it to the brain through impulses which are interpreted as hearing. If an individual is constantly exposed to very loud music, this is what will happen:

The vibration from the loud music can be so violent and it may damage the small hairs, thus causing it to break or bend.Once the hairs go back to their normal state, the ringing sensation will normally disappear. However, if the hair ends up broken, it can remain damaged and if you are still constantly exposed to loud music, this may result in permanent hearing loss.

Also, when a person is exposed to loud sounds or music, the nerve cells that are attached to the roots can become over stimulated and will continuously send signals to the brain even after the music is turned off. The brain will interpret this as noise, thus causing people with tinnitus to hear ringing sounds in their ear.

If you are one of those people with tinnitus and you are constantly exposed to loud music/sounds, you have to be aware of the things that you can do to prevent the sound from damaging your ear. As loud music or sounds are one of the more common causes of tinnitus, the best thing that you can do is to avoid being exposed to it. But if you cannot, then there are various remedies that you can try:

If you are one of those people with tinnitus and you just cannot resist attending concerts, make sure that you always bring an earplug with you. Take note that you can still hear music or other sounds while wearing this on but the sounds are filtered enough to prevent damaging your ears. If you do not have an earplug, you can use a cotton balls instead.

Avoid standing near the speakers. If it cannot be prevented, then make sure that you have earplugs with you.

Avoid prolonged exposure to loud sounds or music. Listening to music with your headphones on and on maximum volume can also damage your ear and this should be avoided.

For people with tinnitus, there are lots of other remedies to help alleviate the symptoms. There are lots of preventive measures that you can also take to avoid damaging your ears. However, if the ringing sound in your ear is not due to loud music or sounds, then it would be best to consult your physician first for a proper diagnosis.

Listen Different Songs In Different Rooms On Sonos Multi-room Music System

If you wish to listen to music all through your house and function it simply, Sonos multi-room music system is the best option to consider. With this kind of digital music system, you can hear music anywhere in your house with hifi quality loudspeakers. Sonos multi-room music system is the finest music system that comes with LCD color display and a remote control.

The system has created a buzz in the world of latest audio/video news, as you can easily switch off or on the system from downstairs or else select a song from kitchen or bathroom. The universal remote control works wirelessly that means that no aiming is required. Also, you can get numerous controllers at a time. The remote control allows you to select or change a song, use search for finding favorites plus instantly unlink and link zones for playing one similar song in different rooms or various songs within every room.

With Sonos music system, you will be able to concurrently play various songs up to 32 in various rooms or same song in different rooms. Additionally, it lets you to simply access the digital music assortment with scroll wheel and big LCD touchscreen.

Several worth mentioning aspects about the system include:

Wireless which functions without making you realize that it is actually doing its work no matter where you are in your house.
A multi room system, which is flexible, fun and flawless.
Offers music from almost each and every source that you can think about.
The systems set up is a child task and can be done in no time without any technical expertise.

You can without any difficulty search the songs that you want to hear simply through the Sonos in hand controller via searching your whole private music collection. It will enable you to find song by album, track name or artist. Once you succeed in finding your favorite song, exercise the Sonos system for wirelessly streaming your favorite number throughout the house.

Along with Sonos, the mordaunt-short loud speakers have also been in the top headlines of the latest audio/video news. The mordaunts genie and alumni speakers are perfect enough to hear music. Among these two kinds of mordaunt-short loud speakers, the genie speaker delivers boot shaking, rich bass when the alloy satellites perform at its best when it comes to clear audible dialogue and crispy multi channel effects.

On the other hand, the alumni speaker offers exceptional sound, which is rich as well as seamlessly integrated in all the main five channels. Both the speakers are sufficiently small to be adjusted in the living room or at preferred location.

When it comes to availing this amazing and enthralling music gadgets visit online. Internet will let you access some most excellent gears like Cambridge-audio hifi, soundcast outdoor speaker or even digital signage solutions.