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Matthew Gollub
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Children's Author, Publisher, Literacy Booster, Bilingual Presenter
Children's Author, Publisher, Literacy Booster, Bilingual Presenter

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Thanks to Charleen Earley for penning this article re: Family Day in the Park in Stockton. Thanks also for including my "sound bite" about how reading aloud with children helps us develop excellent relationships with them. ☺️ Had a fine time at the event on Sat.!
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Attention book lovers of San Joaquin Couny! Tomorrow is the annual Family Day in the Park (University Park, Stockton). You don't have to be in Tom Henry Jr.'s class to attend (see pic below!). Looks like I take the storytelling stage at around 10:00 and 12:00. All kinds of activities for kids! https://www.facebook.com/events/476753075839281/
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Congratulations to Naomi Osaka! Her shy and reserved behavior at the U.S. Open tennis award ceremony was classic Japanese. Such a charming contrast to her ferocious 119 mph serve!
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ZLOH...ZLEE...ZLOH-ZLEE-ZLOO!

Greetings teachers (that includes principals, librarians, parents and grandparents),

With the start of school, it's time to put an extra bounce in our step. Here's a way to create a rhythmic call and response phrase to INSTANTLY focus children's attention-in class, in the library, at home, even over the school intercom!
When teachers clap their hands in this pattern: CLAP, CLAP, CLAP-CLAP, CLAP! and invite students to echo the pattern, that's a kind of call and response. (See pic below for the musical notes for this rhythm.)

In school settings, such signals help groups come to order while conserving the teacher's valuable time and breath. Here's how to compose a jazz chant to this rhythm while sharpening your students' language arts skills:
1) Ask students for a "blend," i.e. two consonants written together such as BR, FL, TW, etc, Let's say they settle on ZL-.

2) Now ask for three different vowel sounds. It's ok to write these sounds in different ways for clarity, for example OH (for O), EE (for E), and OO (for U).

3) Now combine the blend (ZL) with the first two vowel sounds: ZLOH, ZLEE. Congrats! You've just created the first half of your jazz phrase.

4) For the second part, combine the blend with all three vowel sounds in turn: ZLOH-ZLEE, ZLOO.

5) Put the first and second parts together, and you've got a simple yet original phrase to call out: ZLOH, ZLEE, ZLOH-ZLEE-ZLOO! Whatever your chant, train your students to repeat it and you'll have their attention instantly!
Of course, it's ok to change the blend. For example, you can switch to FL to get FLOH! FLEE! FLOH-FLEE-FLOO! For laughs, add a Y thereby changing the vowel sounds to diphthongs: FLOY, FLEEY, FLOY-FLEEY, FLOOY! Maybe tack on another blend such as NG to the ends: FLOHYNG, FLEEYNG. FLOYNG-FLEEYNG, FLOOYNG! No shortage of possibilities.

Remember, the more you "call" your phrase with conviction and a straight face, the more your elementary school students will enjoy chanting the "response." Chances are they won't even notice that this is an exercise in phonemic awareness : )

Keep groovin', and enjoy the beginning of school!
Matthew
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Attention lovers of children's books and the American art form! Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Django Reinhardt and others each are subjects of my round-up of TEN picture books that connect young people to jazz. Thanks to Mia Wenjen, the Pragmatic Mom, for inviting me as guest blogger. Here's the article. Hope you enjoy! https://www.pragmaticmom.com/2018/04/jazz-books-connect-kids-music-wider-world/
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Singapore vs. South Texas! Two high contrast speaking destinations coming up, and I'm feeling super excited about both! Here are a few differences I can foresee:

*Short train rides around the Asian city-state vs. hours long car rides around the Lone Star State.
*British / Chinese / Malay "Singlish" vs. Tex / Mex "Spanglish"
*Pandang bread vs. pan dulce (hint: pandang bread is green)
*Chili crabs vs. chile colorado
*And maybe after all the storytelling and workshops, a Singapore sling vs. frozen margarita!
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What's the difference between "traditional" and "jazz" music styles? At our Jazz Fly concerts in Orlando, the musicians demonstrated this with "Old MacDonald Had a Farm." It starts out traditional (not too exciting) then really swings when the musicians and vocalist (Candace Neal Pappas) kick into gear. The idea was to introduce jazz elements such as syncopated rhythms, improvisation, and a sense of spontaneity. I hope you enjoy it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIP8NZjoNIc
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Looking forward to signing books tomorrow evening and Thursday at CABE. That's a huge bilingual ed conference the organization puts on each year in California. It's Northern California this year! IPG, my distributor, is offering incredible deals. Come on down! Hope to see you there.
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Meanwhile, back at the Orlando Repertory Theatre, here I am "talking" back and forth with drummer Mark Goldberg. (Nice solo, Mark, before the ending jam!) I grew up in L.A., Mark in the San Fernando Valley. Maybe that's why we spoke each other's language :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2bqm4seuUE
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Definitely not my favorite topic, but I feel like I finally did SOMETHING. I just made PHONE CALLS to Visa and MC, asking them to stop processing credit cards for businesses that sell assault rifles, bump stocks and high capacity magazines. To do the same, just call Seth Eisen, Mastercard Vice President of Communications: 914-249-3153 and Nathaniel Sillin, Visa Senior Director of Public Affairs: 415-805-4892. Please spread this message far and wide. Visa and MC have the power to change the dysfunction even as politicians continue to fail the public. But they need to hear from thousands of callers. Not sure what to say? Click here for ideas:https://act.weareultraviolet.org/call/cc-assault-weapons-calls/?t=8&akid=22540%2E2374456%2EuQBWcC
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