Author Archives: Katherine Dines

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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Summer Camping

Some of the best summertime activities happen on camping trips.  There’s nothing like spending time closer to nature, sans electronic devices and inside and the great outdoors with family and friends. Whether it’s pitching a tent, fishing, hiking, kayaking or roasting s’mores, nothing makes better memories or brings people closer together than the “tradition” of singing around a campfire!  In fact, it’s a … Continue reading »

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Hunktabunkta Summer Tour: June

No June gloom over here! It’s one of the most beautiful times of the year, Summertime! The Summer months are typically busy for myself and Hunktabunkta Music. I usually get to travel and perform for schools, camps and meaningful organizations! For those interested in learning more on custom bookings & programs, please visit here! Aside … Continue reading »

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Cinco de Mayo Fun!

What is Cinco de Mayo? Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the Mexican people during La Batalla de Peubla. The battle took place on May 5th, 1862. It was a battle where 4,500 Mexican soldiers defeated the Mexican traitors & the French army. Although, they did not win the war- the courage and bravery of … Continue reading »

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KINDIECOMM 2016

Kindiecomm Reflection: By Katherine Dines & Jonathan Sprout. Philadelphia, PA, April 1-3: The third annual Kindiecomm was one rockin’ weekend!  Mega-thanks are in order to Robert Drake and Kathy O’Connell, a dynamic duo from WXPN Radio, who host and produce “Kid’s Corner,” a daily syndicated hour-long radio show for children. Robert and Kathy are among children’s music’s strongest advocates. … Continue reading »

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The Women In My Song

THE WOMEN IN MY SONG March is National Women’s Month when we celebrate women’s contributions throughout America. First, there was International Women’s Day, followed by Women’s History Week. Then in 1987, National Women’s Month was born. Showing thanks to the women who have helped pave the way for everyone seems especially important now, since women … Continue reading »

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Grammy Time….

Each year; as Grammy season approaches, I get excited for all those who have been nominated in the Children’s Category. It’s always fun to listen to fellow musicians, acknowledge their talent and then see their hard works recognized in such a momentous way. The great diversity of music and styles is really exciting too—especially in this particular category. … Continue reading »

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With A New Year, Comes Reflection

As 2016 peeks around the corner, it’s fun to reflect on the past year. Musically I started and ALMOST finished a “new” album I’ve been working on for 5 years! At least it has a title, “ Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta JOY.” It took my brain in so many directions, there seemed no way to finalize the presentation. … Continue reading »

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Downsizing

One of my friends spent 5 years of her life living out of a cardboard box, because she wanted to explore working in other countries. So she stored her furniture with a friend, and sold anything that wouldn’t fit into that one box. “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone,” said Joni Mitchell, … Continue reading »

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A Dolphin’s Song- My Great Adventure!

Last month, I embarked on an amazing adventure with wild dolphins. Not only was it a great escape to the tropics but also into the underwater world, (one of my favorite places). Plus, the dolphins taught me a lot. Many people think that dolphins are more intelligent than humans. They have large brains, very complicated … Continue reading »

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