Hilltown Families

Mister G has a new vlog this month in "Under the Hat," bringing you into his studio to show how mixing music is a lot like mixing a cake. Gather...

Listen to Podcast:  SUMMER ESSENTIALS EPISODE Hilltown Family Variety Show WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am July 6th &...

Under the Hat: Rhymes Have you ever wondered why the words to some songs get stuck in your head? In this episode of Under the Hat, Mister G reveals one of...

Listen to Podcast: SHEEP SHEARING & MAPLE SYRUP EPISODE Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am March 9th & 10th, 2013 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton,...

Under the Hat: Tempo The instant we hear music our bodies start responding to the sounds. Why is it that some music makes us want to dance and other music makes...

Following the Butterflies through Words and Rhythm While on tour in Mexico, Mister G talks about how his bilingual song, “Señorita Mariposa” was inspired by the famous migration of the Monarch...

Music Collection Giveaway: Top 11 Family Music CD Releases from 2012 Last month the winners of the Fids & Kamily Music Awards were announced, with a stellar list of new CDs...

Hansel & Gretel: Gingerbread, Opera, Fairy Tale & Puppet Show Did you know the old folk tale of Hansel and Gretel, made famous by the brothers Grimm, inspired many Germans in...

Under the Hat: Songwriting Detectives Reporting while on tour from Mexico City, Mister G talks about how songwriters are like detectives who are always on the lookout for clues as to...

Under the Hat: All About Guitars In this debut episode of “Under the Hat: Independent Music Education,” Mister G takes us into his recording studio in Western MA for a music...

Didgeridoo Originally made from a hollowed-out branch or stick, sometimes a eucalyptuses tree hollowed out by termites, the didgeridoo is indeed a unique instrument! The didgeridoo player blows on one end, and...

Getting Kids to Practice Their Musical Instruments Last fall we ask our readers how they got their kids to practice their musical instrument, generating great feedback on what worked for their...

Listen to Podcast: ICE CREAM & LEMONADE STANDS EPISODE Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am Original Broadcast: August 9th, 2008 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton,...

Students Can Discover the Symphony During Free Friday Mornings at Tanglewood: Summer 2012 This summer, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood are offering a unique FREE musical learning opportunity for kids...

Summer Roadtrip Music Listeners to Hilltown Families’ weekly radio show/podcast Hilltown Family Variety Show (HFVS) know all too well about the great independent kids musicians we’ve featured on the show over...

Uncle Rock Returns to the Pioneer Valley Saturday, March 10th at 10am At Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton, MA Hilltown Families, the No Nap Happy Hour and Flywheel are proud to...

Hitting the Right Note: Trumpet Talk in the Berkshires As civilization has evolved, so has culture and artistic expression.  Trumpet player and teacher Paul Sundberg will present a workshop Sunday, January...

Fids & Kamily Awards: 2011 The winners of the Fids & Kamily Awards have been announced!  Launched in 2006 and inspired by the Village Voice’s long-running “Pazz and Jop” music poll,...

Music History: Brass Instruments The First Congregational Church of Southwick presents an free opportunity for older students to learn about the history of brass instruments!  This unique opportunity will give participants...

Caspar Babypants’ New Kids’ Books Did you know that Caspar Babypants is now writing kids’ books? It’s true! I’m sure you’ve noticed that all of Caspar’s album covers are beautifully illustrated...

Sing Along with Caspar Babypants Caspar Babypants is preparing to release his fourth awesome kids album, Sing Along, on August 16th. Is this one really good just like all his others?...

Down at the Zoo One of my favorite bands is Belle and Sebastian and one of my all time favorite albums is Dear Catastrophe Waitress. Yes, I suppose that is music...

Students Can Discover the Symphony During Free Friday Mornings at Tanglewood: Summer 2011 Families, homeschoolers, educators, and community and youth groups in Western MA are invited to reserve Shed seating for...

Share This Video Renee & Jeremy are simply awesome as is. Their music is melodic and beautiful. But they also seem to know all of the coolest artists around and when...

Maria & Friends: Planting Seeds One of our favorite artists, Maria Sangiolo, has gotten a bunch of her friends together to create a new album all about farms and gardens. The...

Sleepy Kids’ Lullabies Getting your kids to sleep can be a real challenge. Some parents are blessed with children who simply fall asleep on their own, sleep all night, and probably...

We’re Wild for Wildlife! Kids love animals—real ones, stuffed ones, it doesn’t matter. My son, Ivan, has two animal favorites right now: the Discovery Kids Smart Animals Scanopedia (he loves the sound of...

Holiday Music For Kids Do you hear what I hear? It’s holiday music and Christmas cheer! Despite all the stress, I still absolutely love the holidays, and one of my favorite...

Elizabeth Mitchell: Sunny Day Elizabeth Mitchell’s new CD, Sunny Day, came out earlier this month and at just the right time for my family. With the air getting crisper and school...

Frances England: Mind of My Own You know when you hear an artist for the first time and they just grab you? That’s what happened for me when I heard Frances...