Fam-Jam with your home instruments!


I was listening to this great tune in my kitchen and I noticed there was a great part for the salt shaker. It was only a matter of time before the girls and I orchestrated our own family jam along with homemade instruments!

I found “Stand By Me” to be a great song to play along with because it’s got a steady groove throughout, but also some standout parts (yeah, violin solos!) The lyrics can also remind us that even though we are physically apart, music can bring us together in our community as we stand by each other in spirit.

Our instrumentation included:
• A tissue box with rubber bands
• A salt container
• A glass mason jar and baby spoon
• Paper towel tubes as violins with a chopstick/ paintbrush as a bow

Board Member Dr. Marilyn Puder-York on Resiliency During COVID-19

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Stamford Symphony is delighted to welcome its newest Board member, Dr. Marilyn Puder-York.  Dr. Puder-York is an executive coach with a 30 year successful track record in helping talented executives and professionals achieve their optimal performance. She has written a short article on Personal Resiliency that we are plead to share on the Channel.

Formerly Vice President and head of Citigroup’s (formerly Citicorp) global in-house Employee Assistance Program for 10 years, Dr. Puder-York has a practical bottom-line business focus when coaching and consulting executive clients. She has a personable style and is straightforward and acute in her observations and counsel. She has a demonstrated track record of efficiently attaining positive results with high potential, high performance executives and professionals.

During the course of her career she has been frequently interviewed and cited in print, broadcast and online by the business and general media. She has been extensively quoted in The Wall Street JournalFortuneBusiness WeekThe New York Times and others. She has appeared on CNN, CBS, NBC and Fox television networks. Dr. Puder-York’s publication topics include ethical issues in executive coaching, managing difficult customers and clients, and the psychology of success for women. Her book, “The Office Survival Guide: Surefire Techniques for Dealing with Challenging People and Situations” is published by McGraw-Hill.

She is a member of The American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York State. Read More

BrainPOP Explores Beethoven!


This is a great animated educational site for kids, with topics taken from Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, Health, and Technology. Short, informative videos with accompanying quizzes and information are great for elementary school kids (my kids ask for it as much as they ask for Disney+!) Normally, you would need to pay for an account, but you can now create a free login–thanks BrainPOP!

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