In This Issue

Four years ago, we decided if we want to reach new audiences we needed to develop a social media and online strategy to get us there. Alina Celeste Hevia accepted the challenge and for the past 3 1/2 years has served as our Blogger-in-Chief, Facebook poster, Twitter maven, and teacher to many of us with regard to our social media presence. Alina accepted a full-time position with the Miami Children's Museum over a year ago and quickly realized it was too much, so Lily Emerson stepped up to be our Facebook person.

But the blogging by itself is a serious and time-consuming effort, and Alina has decided to step back from blog activities as well. We want to take this time to thank Alina from the bottom of our hearts for all the effort and energy she's put into this role for CMN.
And THANK YOU, Jessica "Culture Queen" Smith, who will be taking over blog duties effective March 1. This is an exciting opportunity for us. A former English teacher, Culture Queen creates empowering entertainment for your royal children! Through her company, Culture Kingdom Kids, LLC, Culture Queen has written and facilitated cultural enrichment professional development and branding workshops for children's musicians, teaching artists and educators in the United States and around the world. In her new role as the Social Media Blogger for CMN, she's excited to explore music from around the world through the stories of our amazing children's musicians.

Calling All Member News!

We want to put out a new Member News next month. Based on Forum communications, a lot is going on. Please share important happenings in your life in a short paragraph and send to Susan Salidor by February 28. THANKS!  

Social Media Corner

Hello everyone!

The new team needs YOU! Content is king and it's a constant search to find great articles to post or great topics to write about. We'll be reaching out for your help and really depend on you to keep what Alina started going strong!  THANK YOU!! 

The CMN Blog is always looking for guest contributors! If you have an idea you'd like to share and write about, e-mail Jessica
Jessica Smith (

E-mail Lily any great articles or events we should share on Facebook.

Lily Emerson (
Regional News       
Mid Atlantic
Back by popular demand, Janet and Mark Schreiner are hosting a Song Swap/Potluck on March 12. And on April 19 there's a special event planned in DC to honor Cathy Fink and Marcie Marxer.  READ ALL ABOUT IT  

Following a successful Song Swap in January, the Midwest has plans for an event every month this spring-February, March, April and a Regional Gathering in May.   
New England 
New Englanders are very excited about 2017's annual NE Regional on the calendar for April 29 with workshops, keynote, songs and community!  And, of course,  the 2017 Annual International Conference in Hyannis, MA October 13-15, as well as events scheduled throughout the year.  CHECK IT OUT.

Northern California
Save the Date: April 23
for a Northern California Song Swap, details TBA.
Spotlight on Our Silver Sponsors

This month we spotlight:
Music for Minors II (MFMII) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit music enrichment program that has been keeping music in preschool and elementary school classrooms in the East San Francisco Bay Area since 1988.   

MFMII recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers who serve almost 5,000 children weekly with 1/2 hour music enrichment lessons throughout the school year  About 45% of the schools we serve include low to moderate income individuals. MFMII also sponsors community concerts with children's recording artists that include children performing with the artist on professional stages. Learn more

Folksinger Anna Stange brings a world of songs and culture, featuring traditional folk songs, stories, and instruments, to audiences all across the United States. From ballads to singalongs, Anna's performances feature old favorites from the American folk tradition,
newer songs she's written, and some gathered along her travels through the US and beyond. A former elementary school teacher and longtime music teacher, Anna now travels and performs throughout the year. 
Merit School of Music



Songs for Teaching