Join us in creating 'At Home in Harmony,' an illustrated songbook and instructional CD set that will enable families and communities to sing Waldorf-inspired music together in harmony!
If you walk into a room full of people and ask how many are singers, one or two might raise their hands. If you ask how many sing in the shower or along with the car radio, a lot more hands will go up. If you ask how many enjoy music, you’d be hard-pressed to find a hand not up in the air.
So, why are so few of us willing to call ourselves singers?
I believe that on some level, we all want to sing. In my work as a Waldorf music teacher, I see how naturally and joyfully children lift their voices up together in song. As a teacher of teachers, I also see how many grown-ups yearn to sing, but have come to believe they can't. Many parents tell me they would love to sing with their children, but they just aren't sure where to begin, especially as their children get a little older.
That's why I'm creating 'At Home in Harmony,' an innovative learning package, including songbook and instructional CD set, that will bring families and communities together in harmony. And I need your help to do it!
The song collection consists of the "greatest hits" from all that I've shared and enjoyed with my students, young and old, over the course of a decade of teaching music...and a lifetime of singing!
The project features 30-40 songs from diverse musical and cultural streams, including songs from six continents sung in 10 languages. There are songs to uplift mornings and bring peace and comfort at day's end, songs to enliven our work and play, to get us dancing, and to bring us together.
All of these songs center around the most essential instrument of all: the Voice! The only added accompaniment is body percussion, which features in several songs. In other words, you can bring these songs with you anywhere you go, because the only thing you need in order to make this kind of music is YOURSELF!
Here are some sample clips:
You can hear more clips at www.singwaldorf.com.
What Makes this Unique
There is nothing quite like the satisfaction that comes from singing in harmony. Beyond the pure pleasure of it, I believe the direct experience of being in harmony with others can be truly transformational.
Every song in the collection features the opportunity to sing in harmony. In addition to the beautifully illustrated songbook with complete sheet music, the project features a set of instructional CDs. The first CD allows you to hear all of the songs sung in full harmony. Meanwhile, the additional CDs feature clear, step-by-step instruction to help you learn all of the harmony parts for each of the songs, as well as body percussion!
This unique format lets you chart your own course. Keep it simple and just enjoy the melodies. Or, add as much complexity as you like, layering in additional harmonies and body percussion as you feel ready. You decide!
Be a Part of It!
Here is where you come in! We need your help to bring this project to life. We're really lucky to be working with Waldorf Publications, who will cover the cost of publication. But that leaves lots of important and expensive things like creating all of the sheet music and recording, mixing, and mastering nearly 300 tracks (each song features between 3 and 4 different parts on the Listening CD, and a every part is taught via its own track on the Learning CDs). Additional costs include website design and maintenance, securing copyrights for songs shared in the book, creating the Nanuma video, and conducting outreach so that more people will get the chance to sing!
And it doesn't stop here! This is the first of several exciting projects we have in the pipeline (for more info, visit www.singwaldorf.com). By getting involved now, you are helping us set up lasting infrastructure that will carry this work forward. Any funds raised above our goal will go towards making these future projects possible.
What's in it for you?
To thank you for generously supporting this work, we'd like to offer you some rewards. Do you want to learn to sing Nanuma, the song we sing in the video? You can! Do you love the watercolor doves featured at www.singwaldorf.com and wish you had them on a set of greeting cards? They're yours!
Most of all, your support makes you an essential part of bringing the power of harmony to families and communities just waiting to sing!
We’ll be posting lots of updates and special messages for backers along the way! Please help spread the word. Thank you so much! I'm really looking forward to singing with you!
Risks and challenges
This project is well underway, and, as long as we get funding, we're dedicated to the timeline we've set. Of course, as always, there are factors beyond our control that could result in a delay of the final print date. However, we are committed to seeing this project through as swiftly and skillfully as possible, once we are funded.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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