Supporting healthy Waldorf music education everywhere!

  • The 15th Annual Summer Music Conference (Portland Session)

    The 15th Annual Summer Music Conference (Portland Session)

  • The 15th Annual Summer Music Conference (Chapel Hill Session)

    The 15th Annual Summer Music Conference (Chapel Hill Session)

  • Music, Mobility, and the Mood of the Fifth

    Music, Mobility, and the Mood of the Fifth

  • The Waldorf Music Curriculum

    The Waldorf Music Curriculum

  • Music in the Prebirth to Three-Year-Old Child

    Music in the Prebirth to Three-Year-Old Child

  • The Mood of the Fifth: A Musical Approach to Early Childhood
  • Let There Be Music: The Music Curriculum in the Waldorf School, Grades 1-8 (Reprinted from RENEWAL Magazine)

    Let There Be Music: The Music Curriculum in the Waldorf School, Grades 1-8 (Reprinted from RENEWAL Magazine)

  • The Inner Nature of Music and the Experience of Tone

    The Inner Nature of Music and the Experience of Tone

  • The Lower School Instrumental Program: A Model of Excellence

    The Lower School Instrumental Program: A Model of Excellence

  • The Erosion of Listening: A Contemporary Crisis of Childhood

    The Erosion of Listening: A Contemporary Crisis of Childhood

Articles & Lectures

Overview of the Waldorf Music Curriculum, Grades 1-8

Overview of the Waldorf Music Curriculum, Grades 1-8

What follows is an outline of a suggested Waldorf music curriculum, grades 1-8.*  It comes out of my own extensive study of anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner’s indications, both in child development and music, and many years of teaching experience.  It is a curriculum developed in my own school, with its own special needs and parameters andMore →

The Mystery of the Mood of the Fifth (Excerpt)

The Mystery of the Mood of the Fifth (Excerpt)

(What follows is a chapter in the new book, The Mood of the Fifth: A Musical Approach to Early Childhood – published by WECAN). Editor’s note: As an experienced music educator, Andrea addresses the nature of the young child’s experience of the world and of music as described by Rudolf Steiner, and helps us toMore →

Here’s Why You Should Convert Your Music To 432 Hz

Here’s Why You Should Convert Your Music To 432 Hz

This is a great, easy-to-read article about A432 tuning. While there are many books and articles out there that describe or explain what it is, they are often very academic in their presentation and some of the music theory behind it can be inaccessible to many readers. This has several references to other authors andMore →

The Erosion of Listening: A Contemporary Crisis of Childhood

The Erosion of Listening: A Contemporary Crisis of Childhood

“Can you tell me again what we are supposed to do, Mrs. Johns?”  I looked at the pale second grader with a mixture of exasperation and curiosity.  How could she possibly have failed to hear the simple instructions I had just given to the class?  She was actually looking directly at me the whole timeMore →

Singing with Pre-School Children

Singing with Pre-School Children

Children’s Vocal Development Whilst we have progressions for children’s musical and instrumental development, it is hard to find such developmental progressions regarding what we should expect in terms of children’s vocal development—namely what is NATURAL for their voices to do—or how to listen for the sounds of this development. Surely we should have concerns aboutMore →

The Inner Nature of Music and the Experience of Tone

The Inner Nature of Music and the Experience of Tone

The Inner Nature of Music and the Experience of Tone is an important book in that it is a collection of seven lectures about music, given by Rudolf Steiner from 1906-1924. In it, significant light is shed on the esoteric realities of music and tone, as well as, indications given in the instruction of musicMore →

The Rightful Place of Music in the Life of the Child

The Rightful Place of Music in the Life of the Child

For millennia, music-making has been a human activity held in common by people of all classes of virtually every culture.  Like all the arts, the impulse to sing or play music on an instrument is a response to the wonder of existence, and music has been traditionally a part of sacred and social activities (culture),More →

Music and Self-Discovery in Childhood: An Interview with Cari Burdett

Music and Self-Discovery in Childhood: An Interview with Cari Burdett

This is a lovely interview with Cari Burdett, who with her husband Massimo Pintus, have studied extensively with master teacher and musician, Pär Ahlbom at his Solvik school in Sweden. They create beautiful hand-made instruments that they use at their music center near Vancouver, B.C. and work with children and adults, giving workshops, concerts andMore →

Waldorf Music Education: Education for Life

Waldorf Music Education: Education for Life

Each child in the lower school at a Waldorf School makes beautiful music every day.  With their class teacher, in chorus, in strings or in music class, they are gaining not only musical skills and knowledge but also a strong sense of musicality.  Naturally, we want the children to be musical, but in Waldorf musicMore →

Trading in Our Flutes

Trading in Our Flutes

Not long ago, the third graders of Emerson Waldorf School (EWS) in Chapel Hill, NC made a gift to our first grade.  They entered the first grade room early one Friday morning and, after a short visit, left behind not only a lovely song, but the very flutes that they had played. Those flutes waitedMore →

Music in a Waldorf 1st Grade

Music in a Waldorf 1st Grade

Read an excerpt from Elisabeth Lebret’s Shepherd’s Songbook. The book includes descriptions of music in grades 1-3 and many songs. It is available from the Waldorf School Association of Ontario. Note: This book was originally published several decades ago in 1972. Since that time, there has been continuing study and work in regards to musicMore →

The Relevance of Concert Pitch

The Relevance of Concert Pitch

At this time in world evolution one can safely say that music has a significant impact on us as human beings. Research in the growing field of Music Therapy is demonstrating that we have the ability to utilize music in affecting our cognitive, emotional, physical, and psycho/spiritual health. All of us experience an innate connectionMore →

Top 10 Skills Children Learn from the Arts

Top 10 Skills Children Learn from the Arts

Have you ever been asked to justify the music program in the curriculum? Do you find that the arts in our schools are often justified by proclaiming their support of science and math? Here is a great article from the Washington Post that enumerates the skills and benefits learned from experiencing the arts. They mayMore →

The Science and Art of Listening

The Science and Art of Listening

This is a thoughtful and informative article about listening from a mainstream scientific point of view. It contains some food for thought about what listening really is (not the same as hearing) and how we are relating to it in these modern times. It brings a relevant perspective on listening, attention, brain pathways and more!More →

Singing ‘Rewires’ Damaged Brain

Singing ‘Rewires’ Damaged Brain

Researchers have recently found that teaching stroke victims to sing rewires their brains and allows them to regain their speech. This process, called “melodic intonation therapy,” works with centers in the brain and helps reconnect nerve pathways traumatized by the stroke. Click here to read the full article on the BBC’s website.

Choir Singers ‘Synchronise Their Heartbeats’

Choir Singers ‘Synchronise Their Heartbeats’

Something that any choir member already knows — singing has a harmonizing effect — in many more ways than one! This is a great article on how singing together strengthens the social and human bond in a way like no other. Click here to read the full article on the BBC’s website.