Playfulness, Safety, and Risk Taking

Play is a one of the most powerful attitudes for change and growth in the human repertoire. During play we create; we imagine; we explore; we use our minds more associatively. We get in touch with deeper parts of ourselves. Some of these parts are old friends almost forgotten, and some are scary parts locked away for our safety. During play we take risks and make mistakes girded in the armor of our imagination and our friendships. Play is not childish nonsense. It is the serious work of growing. Play builds community and helps people to grow.

For people to be free to play:

•     They need to feel safety in your trustworthiness.

•     They need to feel accepted. As a teacher I must understand and accept my students as they are, if growth is going to occur.

•     They need to be allowed by those in authority, by others and by themselves to make mistakes.

•     They need good models of mistake making by those in charge.

•     They need to see a playful, but responsible attitude modeled by those in charge.

•     They need to be gently reminded of the prime directive when they test the boundaries. “At this dance we take care of each other.”

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Rounds, Canons and Partner Songs

The latest edition of Rounds, Canons and Partner Songs. 68 of my compositions. This includes all of the old favorites: Onawa's Waltz, Dance For the Nations, The Road is Calling, and some new pieces as well. Available as Hard Copy or PDF.

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The Complete Rounds and Canons of Joseph Haydn (English)

For the first time all 58 of Haydn's Rounds and Canons in English. Translations of his original Lyrics as well as variations. This book includes his ten commandments, suitable for Church Choirs, the 46 more worldly Rounds, and 2 additional rounds not included in the Haydn Canon with new words by John Krumm. Rounds range from easy to challenging. Available as Hard Copy or PDF.
In addition, All of the rounds have been published as videos on YouTube for your practice and listening enjoyment at: John Krumm - YouTube

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Tune Sets for Contra Dances

100 tunes for musicians who read music and have the opportunity to play for dancers but don’t have the repertoire or experience to put together sets of tunes for an evening. Facing pages are suitable for creating medleys. These are familiar traditional tunes from Irish, British, New England, Canadian, and Appalachian sources. Available as Hard Copy or PDF.

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Harmonized Waltzes

Here are 23 beautiful waltzes with suggested harmonies for your enjoyment. I subtitled this book, “A Curious Collection” because it is, in part, an attempt to expand people’s thinking about the kinds of tunes and songs which inspire great dancing. A great book for Violin teachers looking for small ensemble pieces for their students. Available as Hard Copy or PDF.

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Play Parties and Singing Games

A practical collection of 29 play parties and singing games. I have chosen dances and games that have a simple beauty and are accessible to the people you work with. I’ve formatted them in a practical way for callers, teachers, and musicians to use while working.  Available as Hard Copy or PDF.

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Resources for Musical Communities PDF

Songs, Rounds, Dances, and pieces from the Suzuki Violin Repertoire arranged for Suzuki group enrichment and integrating the student violinist into the music classroom. N.B. this in not a book based on Suzuki pedagogy.

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