Most important experience was raising three children. 1969- B.S. and Teaching Degree. 1971-1974 Kindergarten Supervisor, District 30J, Oregon. 1974-1977 Owned and taught West Salem Educational Kindergarten and Day Care Center. 1978-1983 Taught 4th and 6th grades Washington Public Schools. 1986-1988 Substitute Teacher K through 12. 1988-1998 Owned and taught Rainbow Home Day Care Learning Center. 1998-2000 Teacher at Kid's World. 2001-2008 Head Start Receptionist and Office Assistant. 2008 -2018 working on E-Z Keys and E-Z "Notation Through Rhythm" International Standard Music Color Code and TPT offers for Writing, Music, Stories, and Songs.
"Writing, Music, Stories, and Song" Offers introduce effective, inexpensive ways to integrate music into classroom, homeschooling, or worthwhile after school activities. Songs, instrument playing, rhythm, movement, puppets, four easy composing methods, and more, blend with reading and writing skills. In the Introduction to "Writing, Music, Stories, and Songs" Offer and the 4 Composing Methods Offer, the E-Z Keys or E-Z "Notation Through Rhythm" International Standard Music Color Code is included and recommended, though can be optional. This Music Color Code is basic to the E-Z Keys Music Puppets, the Removable Note Scale Offer and other Offers. Our goal is to make this Music Color Code universally accepted like the symbols for the alphabet, and numbers always remain the same. Music Centers are encouraged with a notebook to place familiar songs and student original tunes in for all the class to share. The activities should be enjoyable, without stress; some fun, recreational and therapeutic. A small electronic keyboard, piano, xylophone, computer piano software, or suitable instrument is desired.
The E-Z Keys Method was issued a patent by the United States Patent Office for "its unique method and apparatus for teaching music notation to young children". (Two others were also issued.) The E-Z Keys Method had the honor of being selected for inclusion in the 1998-1999 Edition of Who's Who of American Inventors.
1969 - B.S. Degree and Teaching Certificate Portland State University. 1970 - Remedial Reading, Oregon State University. 1978 - 5th year, Western Washington University. 1994 - 1998, Early Childhood Classes, Whatcom Community College. 2001 - 2008 Head Start annual retreats with Early Childhood Classes.
My Mother was a teacher and we had lots of music. My sister and I took piano lessons. When my son was 5, I color coded a familiar song and put matching markers on our piano. He easily played the song. My husband said, "write a book", which I later did. Copyrights for my materials start in 1967, a trademark in 1981. The E-Z Keys Method Company and now E-Z "Notation Through Rhythm" Method Company continue my efforts and goal for the E-Z "Notation Through Rhythm" International Standard Music Color Code to be universally accepted, just as other symbol systems remain constant. The methods can be regarded as a second-order symbol system likened to the writings of the contemporary author, Howard Gardner, who indicates "children employ symbols in changing and complex patterns early in life", and that "this second-order symbol system has the possibility of embeddedness and complete systems can be systematically absorbed as component parts into ever more powerful systems". My E-Z Keys "NTR" second-order symbol system starts with a school crayon box of eight colors, to color recognition, to colored notes, color words, alphabet letters, colored music scale and music scores, colored music puppets with their colored food and personalities, matching, tone, pitch, playing an instrument, songs, singing, eye-hand coordination, visual and auditory perception, rhythm, rhythm bands, movement, concrete experiences with music fundamentals, 4 methods of composing original tunes and related stories, all linked to writing and reading and more. We think E-Z Keys and the E-Z "Notation Through Rhythm" Music Color Code has developed a powerful second-order symbol system.