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The Project Blog: A Little Smattering for Everyone

As I work hard to ignore this blog, there are some things on my plate that make that choice just a little bit easier. Ironically, neither of these things have to do with my full-time job, but seem to take up just as much time and irritate the people around me even a little more, if that is even possible.

First, let's talk music for child development.

I've been teaching Musikgarten since 2010, when my husband and I purchased the business. It was an impulse buy of the most extreme nature, but it has also proven to be one of the best investments we both could have made. I have learned so much about the art of business, of marketing, of teaching, of educational development and of the brain of a child by going through the last eight years of Musikgarten.

We have moved from classes at the Multicultural Arts Center in downtown Merced to classes at other downtown locations to a final permanent location in my remodeled garage. It isn't easy to keep up, but this gorgeous space allows me to teach as many classes as I'd like without paying more in rent or working around anybody else's schedule. A separate entrance and air-conditioning setup make it as close to perfect as one can reasonably expect in an attached space.

Classes at Miss Noelle's Musikgarten begin tomorrow, September 4th. We teach three age groups: 0-18mo from 5:45-6:15pm on Wednesdays, 18mo-3y on Tuesdays at 10am and 5:45 and Wednesdays at 6:30-7pm, and ages 3-5 from 6:30-7pm on Tuesdays. Find more information about the payment structure and class details at www.missnoellesmusik.org.

And then, there is Phoenix Creative Collective. Just speaking of a movement which is close to my heart.

Phoenix is a shape-shifting amalgam of continually evolving artistic and interpersonal dynamics, but it is ever moving towards the more adventurous choices. In the case of my friend Andrew, that meant dropping everything and starting the Phoenix Podcast Network.

There you will find Geeking Out, my favorite was to spend a Thursday. During Geeking Out, Andrew and I interview a special guest who wouldn't consider themselves an "expert" in anything particular, and we geek out on aspects of their lives that other people might find mundane or uninteresting. Personally, I've never left a long conversation without having learned something important, and I can't wait to see who comes along and geeks out with us! Available here through iTunes or on many other listening platforms, as well.

And finally...let's talk about combining dance, voice and poetry.

This sensational six-week experience is going to result in a show worth shivering for. As a member of Phoenix Creative Collective and a devotee to local artists who need resources, I am always thrilled to be able to help mold and shape a class like this. "What Rough Beast" will combine dance and voice work to create pieces based on and around poetry by Anne Sexton and W.B. Yeats, a stimulating, thrilling and never-before-seen work of incredible art.

Please keep your eyes of Phoenix by following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or by emailing PhoenixCCMerced@gmail.com for information on upcoming events.

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