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February 2, 2011
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Music can help get a child back on track before it is too late. It can revive self-esteem, self-belief, feelings of inclusion and worthiness.    I should know.  I was one of those children that was lost, and got back on track because of threshold moments in music.


I wasn't the best student in some subjects, and often I was not taught according to my particular learning styles.  Inwardly, I felt in a daze, numb, inadequate, and pretending to know more than I did.  But when the fourth grade music teacher came into my class to sing with us, something magical stirred, and I felt alive and part of something amazing. 


In High School, I discovered the cello.  I was feeling directionless at the time.  I overheard the rumor that the orchestral conductor needed a cellist.  I shyly went up to him and volunteered to learn.  I did not even know what a cello sounded like or looked like, but I intuitively felt pushed towards this thing called "cello."  A week later the music department provided me an instrument and a teacher, and in the first lesson I discovered an innate gift for playing this beautiful instrument!  My entire life changed for the better at 15 years old, at a time when it was on very shaky ground.  The cello took me on a wonderful path and was my "door opener."  After music school, I discovered more creative gifts within me that have included a life time of singing, teaching, performing, recording, composing and writing.   


Music was my life saver, and gave me a sense of self-esteem, purpose, emotional and intellectual IQ, focus, concentration, inclusion, imagination, writing skills, social skills, dreams, passion, purpose, life!


There are many children out there in similar situations...simply not thriving.  Children need people that believe in them, and tools that can unlock hidden potentials. 


When I hear that music is being taken out of schools as an option to save money, it disturbs me enough to share my personal story with you in this issue. Please take a look at some of these videos to FEEL the power of music on children, and join me in doing everything you can to support music and the arts in schools, in libraries, and throughout the everyday pulse of living the symphony of life.      

Cheryl Melody




KEEP MUSIC IN THE SCHOOLS - This song and video by Lindsay Stuart are powerful!


Little Kids Rock: The Power of Music Transforms One Jersey City Teen  The story of 13 year old, Jade Adams, who is partially deaf, writes her own songs, and has pushed past her limitations.  Article also speaks about an amazing organization called "Little Kids Rock," founded by David Wish, who brings music to inner city and high poverty locations. Scroll to bottom to see the You Tube video of Jade and her band.

The Case for Music Education - One of the children says: "If you don't have music, you might as well not have a school"-that says it all.


3 students playing guitar


Little Kids Rock brings popular instruments at no fee to schools that contain low income students, encouraging children to find their unique gifts through music.  Children are encouraged to compose, improvise, record. 


David Wish is the founder and he is a shining example of how one person makes a person.  This website also has music lessons on line for free and lots more.  Take a look!  On Little Kids Rock you'll find many videos of kids changing for good through music; games; lessons; downloads and more!



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Cheryl Melody comes to JAM TIME in Maynard, MA! 
 Tuesday mornings


FEBRUARY 24th Cheryl Melody Jam Time CONCERT at 11 A.M.

Open to the Public!


86 Powder Mill Road
 Maynard, MA




Children Holding Hands around the World

Arlington, MA


Cheryl Melody's  "The Musical Imagination Adventure Concert"

Saturday Feb. 19, 10:30AM

     Babies through 6+

  A highly interactive, joyful and positive family concert, filled with singing, creative movement, imagination time, storytelling, and more!  Every word nurtures self-esteem and character-building values, and our Regent Theatre families will delight in singing, dancing and imagining with their children right along with Cheryl Melody.     Optional: Bring 1 teddy bear, puppet or doll to sing along with you, and one gentle soundmaker. 
Cheryl Melody's CDs will be available for sale




"All the good things I had heard about you and your programs were true! Your music combined catchy rhythms, loving words, and loads of chances for children to use their imaginations. They were all engaged, from the littlest on up, and I know the moms and dads enjoyed themselves and appreciated the positive messages mixed in with the music. We also all loved having lots of chance to wiggle and dance! I brought my daughter to your concert, and as you know, she really enjoyed herself and has been telling me that she is "amazing today." Which of course she is! Thank you so much for the wonderful program, and we look forward to having you back sometime in the future."                             --Youth Services Director


Cheryl Melody Concerts


"The Musical Imagination Adventure Concert!"
(Babies - Age 6)
Interactive & meaningful songs, creative movement, character building & self-esteem storytelling with multi-cultural puppets and instruments.  Nurtures friendship, manners, sharing, caring and inclusion.  $375 - $450*

"Peace Begins with You & Me" (Pre-school - Grade 2)
Original & Multi-cultural songs & storytelling with character building messages, movement, puppets, instruments and children's personal promises for creating positive changes within themselves and towards each other.  $425 - $525*          

"Peace Begins with You & Me - We're Bully Free!" A Teaching Concert
(Preschool; Grades K-3)
The entire audience becomes a part of the Peace Begins with You & Me singers & storytellers.  Themes include Anti-bullying, Bystander Silence, the power of words and actions, respect, role modeling, being an everyday hero.  Interactive multi-cultural songs and storytelling with unique instruments to raise behavioral awareness, inclusion and friendship.   $500 - $650*

"One World-Different & Same" (Preschool; Grades K-3) 
Through interactive and meaningful songs, multicultural celebration, storytelling, quotations from world renown leaders, multi-cultural puppets and instruments, unusual vibratory instruments, interactive participation, Cheryl Melody integrates a creative approach to raising children's personal, social & global awareness. Positive messages of tolerance, inclusion, friendship and respect ring throughout the concert, emphasizing that no matter how different we all are, everyone's heart beats in the same way.   $450-$600*

Birthdays: Music, Movement and Imagination (Babies through age 5) Sing, dance and imagine with Cheryl Melody, and become the star of every song and story!  $225-$350*

( *Prices do not include travel.  Discounts available for multiple concerts.  Please contact Manager - Zac Cataldo for more information.)

Cheryl Melody
B.M.Ed., M.A.

Performing Artist, Educator, Composer, Recording Artist, Parent's Choice Winner, Kidlutions Winner, Playwright, Author, Keynote Speaker, Workshop Facilitator

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