Story-Weaving: Climbing Up the Apple Tree

Finger plays and songs can be a musical springboard for improvisational storytelling. I call it story-weaving—creating a musical framework to imagine a story with the whole group or combining individual stories by each child. CLIMBING UP THE APPLE TREE—poem by Ruth Dowell, melody by Barb Tilsen (on the recording “Take … Continue reading


In 1981 young people from reservations in South Dakota participated in the Run for Freedom, a spiritual run from Pine Ridge Reservation to the Sioux Falls State Prison. The Run was held to support family and loved ones who were imprisoned there. Tragically one of the young runners, 11-year old … Continue reading