Tag: Knoxville

Getting The Most of Practice: Part V

By Jeff Comas, Director of Knoxville Academy of Music

 

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Tension and The Physicality of Performing

This article is about performing music, but the concepts can be applied to other activities like sports, dancing, acting, even writing or doing crafts.

In part one of this series I discussed letting the learning of music be easier by studying and music in small segments, which can be learned faster and with greater ease. In this section I’ll discuss more of the physical element of playing music. Read more →

Rethinking Food Deserts

Written for Community Hands Inc. by Matthew Shanklin (Knoxville Parent) and Ashley Wolf (The Current Sauce News)

Untitled-11Fresh produce is awesome. Most anyone who’s eaten a salad of fresh red kale with cranberries and sweet vinaigrette knows that you can’t beat a meal made with fresh, quality ingredients.

Unfortunately, more than 2.3 million families may not have the pleasure of eating a delicious kale salad because they live in food deserts, poverty-stricken areas where families do not live within a mile of a grocery store and do not have access to a vehicle. Parents in these areas often resort to taking their kids to any of the multiple fast food restaurants in town or buying their food from corner stores. Read more →

Adopt A Life, Save A Life

By Jeff Ashin, CEO, Young-Williams Animal Center. Photo by: Young-Williams Animal Center

 

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Are you or your child thinking of adding a furry friend to the household? Please consider adopting from Young-Williams Animal Center.

We have hundreds of healthy, happy pet options for your family to take home and love. In 2015 alone, 5,524 animals from our shelter went to forever homes. Read more →

Spotlight Fit Family: The Eldridges

By Adam Kalwas, Publisher and CEO of Knoxville Parent Magazine

 

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The My Fit Family Challenge is making its first appearance in the Knoxville area. This program is dedicated in promoting healthy living to not only families, but to anyone that is willing. Knoxville Parent will be sharing three editorials starting this month until June about two families that have set goals for themselves in order to be active together, and improve in areas that they felt needed more attention. Our families understand the task set before them and are willing to fulfill their goals once the challenge is completed on June 26th. Let’s meet our next and final Spotlight family, the Eldridges. Read more →

Ate A Bite Of Pie

By Mike O’Hern, Center Director of Mathnasium of West Knoxville

 

 

My dad was a really funny guy with a quick wit and dry sense of humor.  But he also loved the groaners.  You know, the old joke that made you groan because it was so corny.  For example, he’d say that he used to be in a fraternity: Eta Bita Pi.  That one came to mind because I was helping a high-schooler with trig and they seem to find that one humorous, and I can’t really think of anything else about trig that’s humorous. Read more →

A Safety Plan For Parents

By Jeff Comas, Director of Knoxville Academy of Music

 

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I want to warn you that contents of this article may provoke some uncomfortable thoughts. However, if you love your children (and I know you do) I urge you to read on. After all, every parent is concerned about their children’s safety and wellbeing. I know you want to protect your children from serious dangers to the best of your ability. That means considering the dangers your children may face in their lives, and what can be done about them, is part of your responsibility as a parent. We cannot, and should not even try to protect our child from every single danger in the world. However, when it comes to protecting our kids from the dangers of child predators we must be vigilant. Having safeguards to protect your children from predators should be a part of every family’s safety plan. Read more →

Spotlight Fit Family: Meet The Childers

By Adam Kalwas, Publisher and CEO of Knoxville Parent Magazine

 

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The My Fit Family Challenge is making its first appearance in the Knoxville area. This program is dedicated in promoting healthy living to not only families, but to anyone that is willing. Knoxville Parent will be sharing three editorials starting this month until June about two families that have set goals for themselves in order to be active together, and improve in areas that they felt needed more attention. Our families understand the task set before them and are willing to fulfill their goals once the challenge is completed on June 26th. Let’s meet the first Spotlight family, the Childers. Read more →

Nourishing The Soul With Music

By Jeff Comas, Director of Knoxville Academy of Music

 

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“The effect of music on our bodies” has been a topic of scientific studies for a very long time. We all remember listening to our favorite singer or band for extensive hours and how it lifts our mood and cheers us up. This is important to remember because we all know that modern studies have shown the effects of mood on our overall health, good mood and stress-free life leads to longevity, whereas stress can lead to heart diseases and many brain related dysfunctions. Music therapy has become very popular to reverse some of the effects of old age but what is being given slightly less attention is the huge amounts of benefits listening and learning to play music can have for your child in the long run. Read more →

Figuring How To Get There From Here

By Mike O’Hern, Center Director of Mathnasium of West Knoxville

 

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Have you ever tried to wrap your head around something that just doesn’t seem possible, but it is?  I remember a couple of summers ago fighting with what’s referred to as “The Monty Hall Problem” until it seemed like I was going to go nuts.  Since I don’t want you to go nuts, I won’t go into it here. Maybe in the future, I’ll feel a little less magnanimous and tell you anyway. Read more →

The Best Things In Life Are Free

By Jeff Ashin, CEO, Young-Williams Animal Center. Photo by: Young-Williams Animal Center

 

Interested in making a change in your community? One of the best places to volunteer may be right near you– an animal shelter. There are numerous ways that your kids can help homeless pets at Young-Williams Animal Center. Volunteering is a wonderful way to learn, have fun and give back to your community. At YWAC, you must be 16 years or older to work with or around animals on-site, but there are many other means of actively getting involved. Read more →