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Zin! Zin! Zin!  A Violin!

Written by Lloyd Moss

Iluustrated by Marjorie Price

This video was created in response to a request by music educators who were suddenly facing online teaching due to COVID-19 (Thanks for the suggestion Maggie Olivo!) This fabulous book with incredible illustrations has been a favorite of mine since my own children were young. After discovering it, Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! became my go-to gift at baby showers (still true today).

I have used this book in my own teaching in various ways throughout the years, and enjoyed writing variations on "Pop Goes the Weasel" to follow along with the book as it counts from solo to a chamber group of ten. (I will admit to twisting my dad's [Harold Popp] arm to write the trio variation, to which he graciously agreed— I always appreciate an opportunity to collaborate with him!) This project was a blast in large part to my family and friends who volunteered to participate from their various locations during quarantine. Thanks to:

Lauren Bernofsky, violin

Erin Hannigan, oboe

Suyeon Ko, flute

Tomer Maschkowski, trombone

Kathleen McLean, bassoon

Jeff Nelsen, French horn

Phil Ponella, clarinet

Victoria Ponella, harp

Marietta Simpson, narrator

Joey Tartell, trumpet

These incredible musicians are also good sports, providing great material to put together a complimentary video to "Meet the Musicians" and instruments of the Zin! Zin! Pop! video. (Huge thanks to my son, Tony Ponella, for all the editing assistance for both videos!)

November 3, 2020

The MOViEs Award Show was an incredibly uplifting election night event celebrating the incredible work being done by members of the M.O.V.E. community.

MOViEs Award

Literally Holding Up Families, Children, and Seniors Award

presented to Sofiya Cheyenne, Debbi Ponella, and Stephanie Windland

I had a fantastic experience completing the Edify Justice Advocate program. Check it out!

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70 Years of Research into Creativity: JP Guildford’s Role and Today’s Focus


2020 KIE Conference Publiscations

ISBN 978-1-85924-261-2

Chapter 11

Composing with Children:

Cultivating Creativity, Connections,

and Community

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