Author Archives: Katherine Dines

The Power Of Song

Songs are extremely powerful! CAT scans have shown that all the hemispheres of the brain ignite when songs are played and people truly listen. A song has three key ingredients: rhythm, music and lyrics (words). “Music” is Greek in origin (from “muse”) and once meant ALL of the arts.  Although listening is primarily an auditory experience, a song’s rhythm is kinesthetic, … Continue reading »

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Building A Better World Through Music & Family!

Family Trips Adventure Making Memories Impressionable Laughter Young song   Summer is here! And building bonds as a family is vital when kids have time off to relax and explore. Why not focus on  developing the little ones? Need ideas on how to get closer and strengthen your family? Take a look at the below: … Continue reading »

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Summer Solstice Fun!

Here in the Western Hemisphere, it’s Summer Solstice again! And from our side of the planet, it’s the longest day of the year when the earth is closest to the sun. For those on the other side of the world, it’s winter– the day when the earth is furthest away from the sun.   Since … Continue reading »

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A Recap Of Kidz Music #EarthDay

  A few weekends ago, I  was at an awesome event put together my KidzMusic. We celebrated Kidz Earth Day in Los Angeles at Rosewood In Topanga. A creative, musical festival in LA was such a great way to celebrate. Especially when Hunktabunkta Music gets to perform and contribute to such an event! If you … Continue reading »

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Happy Women’s History Month

  March is Women’s History Month!  Women’s History Month stemmed from a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Then, in 1987 Congress passed a law which designated the month of March as “Women’s History … Continue reading »

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If You Talk You Can Sing! (from an African Proverb).

All cultures that exist and that we know of, have their own forms of musical expression. And, many of the chants and songs found in native peoples sound profoundly similar. Some of the simplest forms of music are chants, and I often use them in my work with non-English speaking children or those who are … Continue reading »

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Happy Holidays From Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Music!

  This time of year brings holiday cheer! No matter your faith or what holiday you celebrate, December is typically a time of reflection and family. I’m ever so grateful for those who support my music and help make Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta what it is. I’m very lucky to be able to do what I love and continuously … Continue reading »

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CMN International Conference 5 Take Aways!

I wanted to start out with an exciting announcement! I am now Co-President of Children’s Music Network. – Together with David Heitner-Klevans (Two of a Kind), we are excited about sharing the role— something that hasn’t been tried before. We have a terrific new board of directors and big plans so check CMN out! http://childrensmusic.org Once … Continue reading »

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Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta SPOOKY

It’s that SPOOKY time of the year–late October– when days are shorter, nights seem darker and a stillness comes to every living thing waiting for winter. Frost on trees in the early dawn, big moons, and crunching leaves fit the celebration of Halloween perfectly. This time of the year brings back fond memories of many Octobers: … Continue reading »

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Why I Love CMN’s Annual International Conference

  This October marks the 27th annual International Conference  of The Children’s Music Network (CMN).  I’ve been a board member of this fine organization on and off since the mid-90’s– shortly after starting my career.  In fact, I even agreed to be co-president elect with David Heitler-Klevans this next year. The people I’ve met, songs I’ve learned … Continue reading »

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