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Make Some Music & Make a Difference This Week

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summer-of-service-gno-mom-it-forward-music-week-1-challenge Make a meaningful difference this summer by taking the Summer of Service (SOS) Challenge. Here's how:

  • Commit to do one act of kindness each week based on the week's challenge.
  • Leave a comment with ideas relating to the week's challenge as well as your experience(s) performing it.
  • Grab the SOS button at the bottom of this post and put it on your blog or social networking site.
  • Enter to win each week's giveaway. Check out this week's music-related giveaway by clicking here.
  • Join #gno to connect with other Mom It Forward moms about the challenge.

10 Ways to Make a Difference This Week

child-piano-smiling-happy-playing-paino Here are 10 music-related ideas that will make a meaningful difference this week!

  1. Teach your children your three favorite childhood songs. Perform them for others.
  2. Play an instrument with your child or sign your child up for music lessons.
  3. Share your musical talent(s) with others—to friends or family, over the phone or skype to loved ones that live far away, to strangers: at a nursing home or to a homeless person.
  4. Dedicate a song on the radio, on Twitter, on Facebook, or on your blog to someone you care about.
  5. Share the gift of music with someone by sending them an iTunes gift card, a CD, etc.
  6. Find out your dad's 10 favorite songs, download, and burn them onto a CD for him for Father's day.
  7. Send a loved one a letter/message with the words to a song that sums up your feelings for him/her.
  8. Set a great tone in your home by playing music in the background.
  9. Make up stories about classical music (or other wordless songs) and tell them to your children as the music is playing.
  10. Dance with your children!

This week's SOS Challenge is sponsored by Diane Birch and S-Curve Records. What else can you do to Make Some Music? How has Making Some Music for others made a meaningful difference this week?
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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.


7 responses to “Make Some Music & Make a Difference This Week”

  1. Hollie says:

    Another idea donate old musical instruments that are lying around your house to a local school’s music program. With all the cut backs instruments are a much needed item in most schools.

  2. Maddy says:


    I like this site, I think the ‘make a difference’ ideas are cool, I like the Fathers Day idea too. So I will definitely be using some ideas from this site. I really don’t know what to give Dad for a gift this Fathers Day, Not sure what I am going to do this year, maybe my sisters and I can club together and buy him a track day which I know he will love! At least I have the card already sorted so that’s one less thing to worry about. This year I am going to be sending Dad an eCard rather than a paper card. He loves his computer, so I am sure that he will appreciate it. I was on the net and came across a cool Fathers Day eCard site that I quite like. Up until now I had not sent an ecard before, but this site made it real simple. Hope this is helpful?

  3. Yay! I’ve just signed my son up for Piano. My neighbor is a fantastic teacher and my son, who’s 6, could not be more excited to learn. I decided I needed to put him in now, while he had an excitement and desire to learn, keeping it positive.

    And the best part, he’s the one remembering to practice. We’ll see how long that lasts, but I’m so happy he’s loving it right now.

  4. Last week we had a musical parade in our neighborhood. I brought all my dress-up clothes and instruments and then streamers to decorate. Everyone dressed up, chose an instrument and away we walked down the street. Most participants were 3 or younger so it was a short walk, but everyone had so much fun! Of course for the perfect ending we had popcicles! Yum!

  5. Evonne says:

    I am so excited about this. I have started working on a post up to promote SOS. What a great idea. =)
    Ever since I have read this I have really noticed how much I NEED music, and so does my daughter. It can change her mood, my mood, and make a stressful situation not so bad.
    I sent out two iTunes gift cards to my readers. We got a new book to read, about a little boy who is learning to play the piano…it has made Van get out her little piano and play for hours. We have made a band, I play the Wiggles guitar! =) Thank you for this challenge!

  6. Mara says:

    Music is an integral part of my family’s life. I started both my children in Kindermusik classes when they were infants and now my oldest (who just turned seven) is taking private piano lessons. He has his first recital this Saturday.

    I invited his godparents and the choir director at church (where my son sings in the children’s choir) to come out to lunch and to see the recital. My son is so proud and excited! I can’t wait.

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