Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Emerging With Song: Summer Choral Experience 2021

 Don't miss this exciting opportunity to delve into the cognitive, emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of choral singing! 

REGISTER here: https://forms.gle/Nu9ntrJDXqYaSH4A6

DEADLINE for registration: May 30th     Fees due: June 1st


Monday, May 24, 2021

Summer Singing Opportunities: Lacey, WA

 Here is a list of singing opportunities that members from The Olympia Peace Choir may be interested in:


 There are many opportunities to nurture your musical interests and Kerri Lynn is here to help!

You Can Study With Kerri Lynn!

I work with educators and children in voice, piano, drumming, recorder, ukulele, dance and composition. My approach is unique, integrating the latest brain research and reflective practices through mental, emotional and physical intelligence. Sign up today for a consulation, workshop or private lesson.



Be sure to check out Volumes 3 and 4 in the Music For Dancers CD Series. Each CD includes 22 pieces for creative dance and music activities. Included booklet contains dozens of lesson ideas for each piece.





Sunday, February 28, 2021

Open Your Heart

 Dear Friends

I looked outside today and saw little buds peeking their way out of the soil. Spring is on its way and I wrote this little 2-part song to celebrate. Feel free to share with your musical circle.

Much Joy Always

Kerri Lynn 

Sunday, February 14, 2021

We Hold The Truth

Here is a canon I wrote today for my beautiful community of friends who love and hold the Truth no matter what it costs. Sing with me and share as you wish.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

AOSA 2015 National Conference with Kerri Lynn Nichols, Patrick Ware and Brent Holl

 Here is a video of "The Shoemaker". Such creativity from our Orff friends!

The full orchestration for "The Shoemaker" is published in Once Around by Kerri Lynn Nichols.


Thursday, January 14, 2021

Beloved Friends!

 In celebration of our new year, and all the hopes, joy and dreams a new year brings, I wrote this little tune to sing with my peace choir. It is a simple message, but so vitally important right now. 

With love

Kerri Lynn

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Let the Light Shine Through....a new song to share to keep hope alive!

There Is Hope

I wrote this song after the tsunami in Japan but it certainly is fitting for our country today. Please share it with anyone you thing needs to hear (and sing) this message. Email me if you would like to print copies.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Nursery Rhymes

The year is off to a quick start. I haven't been back to school yet as I'm waiting for my foot to heal. But Tuesday I shall foray back into the music classroom and see my dear students. One thing I notice is how few nursery rhymes and children's songs kids know these days. It used to be (back in the olden days when I was a child) that parents sang songs and chanted nursery rhymes to their children at home so kids had these structures in the brain before attending school. Things have greatly changed. Often both parents have to work outside the home and families have less time to spend together. Nursery rhymes are important not only for musical development but also language and math skills. Here are a few things you can do with nursery rhymes:

1.  Chant the nursery rhyme in a high, middle or low pitch voice.
2.  Sing the rhyme using so-la-mi or other pitches.
3.  Keep the beat with body percussion: micro and macro
4.  Create a finger plays or motions to accompany the words.
5.  Clap or play the rhythm of the words on small percussion instruments.
6.  Make up repeated rhythmic patterns using words from the rhyme
7.  Play a steady beat (tonic or bordun) on a barred instrument while singing
8.  Use the form of the rhyme to write new ones.
10. Perform the rhyme in 2/4 or 6/8 time.
11. Play a small percussion instrument on a specific word.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Sing For Peace

My beloved choir: The Olympia Peace Choir singing for peace, justice and environmental stewardship!

Happy New Year 2020!

Hello Friends and Happy New Year! I hope this new year will bring health, joy and peace to you and yours. I thought it would be fun to share my New Year Canon with you as you prepare to return to school and see the kiddos. This is from my revised and expanded book "Once A Round: 26 Rounds For Young & Intermediate Voices". Have fun!


-Practice swaying, turning, rocking and waltzing in 3/4 time. Emphasize the first beat of the measure
-Use body percussion to create beat patterns in 3/4 time: pat-snap-snap, etc.
-Make up a hand clapping game to accompany the song with a friend.
-Transfer body percussion patterns and hand clapping game to unpitched instruments.
-Create a B section by improvising with recorder or another melody instrument in F pentatonic.
-BM/CBB tremelo on F (no other parts) while students read their New Year's resolutions or favorite memories from the past year.

Kerri Lynn 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019


The magic of music and movement belongs to every person...it is our birthright to sing, dance and play! I  believe in quality through inclusion. My approach to music and movement education and performance centers around these guiding principles:

When we sing, dance and play, we are empowered.
When we sing, dance and play, we build an inclusive, global community.
When we sing, dance and play, we strengthen our hearts, minds, bodies and spirits.
When we sing, dance and play, we bring healing to our world and its people.


Concepts To Teach By

These are the concept charts I use to plan my lessons and curriculum. Music is a language and I love helping my students become fluent! Enjoy!

from Music for Dancers by Kerri Lynn Nichols
©2017 Edition Kerri Lynn Nichols. Used with permission.

RHYTHM: Patterns of movement in space and time

Pulse: steady beat, sound/movement are equidistant, no change
Grouping (Meter): grouping pulses by twos (strong-light), threes (strong-light-light) or combinations
Pattern (Rhythmic):  note values, rests, sound/movement changes or is irregular

MELODY: A series of related pitches, usually the lead part.
Pitch: low, middle, high
Scale: ladder of notes, high to low or low to high; a set of notes used to create a melody
Interval: the space (distance) between to pitches: steps or jumps
FORM: The order of the musical form; the overall shape of the piece (i.e. ABCAA)
Phrase: a musical sentence; questions/answer
Repeat: same; rounds, canons, rondo form, echoes (AA)
Contrast: changes, variations (AB)
EXPRESSION: Techniques used to convey how the music is played or to create a feeling or reaction to the music.
Pace (Tempo): slow, medium, fast
Dynamics: loud, soft, crescendo, decrescendo
Articulate: accents, staccato, legato, fermata, slur
Interpret: style, period, culture, aesthetic
TIMBRE: Various sound qualities of voices and instruments.
Body: snap, clap, pat, stomp
Voice: sing, speak, whisper, call
Percussion: metals, woods, skins, shakers, scrapers
Instruments: strings, winds, brass
TEXTURE: The layers of the music; simultaneous parts.
Combinations: solo, choral, unison, duet, tutti, ensemble
Harmony: different pitches sounded at the same time; tension/resolution, paraphony, polyphony, intervals
 Accompaniment: a part of the music that goes with or underlies the melody or main part; a Capella, instrumental, sound effects

from Creative Dance for All Ages by Anne Green Gilbert
©1995 Anne Green Gilbert. Used with permission.

SPACE           Place, size, direction, pathway, focus

TIME              Pulse, pattern, grouping (meter), breath rhythm, timed/untimed

FORCE           Energy, weight, flow

BODY            Parts, shapes, relationships, balance

Monday, December 30, 2019

Musings From My Lift Chair

Hello Musical Friends! I am writing this while sitting in my new lift chair after foot surgery two weeks ago. This chair has been my home over break and will continue to be for a few weeks. But it gives me time to write and plan and be creative. Always look on the bright side of life, duh dum, duh dum dee dum dum, right? Keep checking back from time to time...I'll post pieces I'm doing with my students, tips and tricks...maybe they will be helpful to you!
Kerri Lynn