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“The Nields show you how to weave music into your children’s lives with glitter and grace. This wonderful go-to book will help real people create not just musical opportunities, but a musical home.”—Dar Williams

“Thank you to The Nields for gathering all of the ideas, hopes, stories, and songs that people love to share with each other and for putting them into this one generous, limitless, and inspiring book.”—Dan Zanes, from the foreword

“One part music and two parts fun. . . . I recommend this book to families, teachers, babysitters, and daycare providers to encourage children to be creative and to find joy in creating music together.”—Sacramento Book Review


All Together Singing in the Kitchen is more than just helpful tips about singing together; it is an invitation to be fearless and sing our hearts out. Whether we’re parents, teachers, caregivers, or just a-traveling through this crazy world on our own, connecting with each other through music gives us those sweet moments of joy that we long for. Here is a collection of inspirational stories and great advice from fellow travelers on that musical connection highway.”—Annie Patterson and Peter Blood, editors of Rise Up Singing 

About the Author

Nerissa and Katryna Nields are national touring musicians and sisters, a part of the legendary band The Nields who toured North America throughout the nineties and into this millennium. As a duo, they were a part of Lillith Fair, and have shared the stage with Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Natalie Merchant, Suzanne Vega, Sarah McLaughlin, Dar Williams, the Indigo Girls, James Taylor, Joan Baez, the Band, 10,000 Maniacs, Billy Bragg, Dan Zanes, and countless others. With fifteen albums in fifteen years, they remain prolific. Now that they are parents to young children, they have expanded their repertoire to include the youngest in the folk festival crowds. They have released two family albums, All Together Singing in the Kitchen and Rock All Day/Rock All Night, and a family music DVD titled Organic Farm.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Roost Books; 1 Pap/Com edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590308980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590308981
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nerissa Nields has been a member of the band The Nields since 1991. She has toured North America, been on major labels, played to tens of thousands from stages all across the continent and has passionate fans all over the world. Between the Nields and her duo with sister Katryna Nields, she has recorded and released sixteen CDs. Her first novel, Plastic Angel, was published by Scholastic Press in 2005. She is the author of How to Be an Adult: A Musician's Guide to Navigating One's 20s (Leveller's Press/Mercy House 2008 and 2013). With Katryna, she wrote All Together Singing in the Kitchen: The Musical Family, on Roost Books (Shambhala) which came out in September 2011. She is currently working on her second novel, The Big Idea, the story of a rock band who is also a family. She maintains three blogs: May Day Café (www.nerissanields.blogspot.com), Singing in the Kitchen (www.nields.wordpress.com)) and How to Be an Adult (http://nerissa-howtobeanadult.blogspot.com/). She is a cum laude graduate of Yale University and holds a BA with honors in English. She has taught creative writing, songwriting and the art of living well for her entire adult life. Trained as a life coach by Martha Beck, she runs writing workshops and retreats out of her home in Northampton, Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and children. For more information, visit www.nerissanields.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ERT on October 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is delightful and hilarious, full of the spark and joy The Nields bring to their stage shows. As a harried mom, I have only had time to read snippets here and there and use some of the songs off the CD, but it's enough! My 14 month old has been outrageously fussy recently--probably teething. I could not get him to stop crying this morning until I sang "Babar the Elephant" and gave him a ride on the "elevator." He went from crying, to indecisively caught between laughing and crying, to outright giggles. Same thing for diaper change--he was kicking and crying until I started in with "The Noble Duke of York" and then it was all smiles. Music is magic, and this book is the wand. Also them Nields gals is fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benjaz on October 2, 2011
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After decades of watching movies or playing games to pass the time I've only recently found the joys of playing music with my loved ones. I love looking up at the clock and realizing that hours of jamming have passed by in what seems like minutes. This book inspires me to do more and fills in the gaps as to why music makes me feel so good! The personal stories enrich the experience and make for a classic book that should be on every kitchen counter. The illustrations on the inside are all done by Katryna Nields and beautifully represent the profound impact that music has on all of us. Maybe she'll get to do the art on the 2nd edition cover!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 30, 2011
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I was given a copy of All Together Singing in the Kitchen as a gift and I am amazed at by how thorough and well-written it is. I do not play an instrument, but am a part of a musical family. I now feel like I have some tools for being a part of the music my family makes together. I actually feel like it may be possible for me to learn basic guitar using some of the chord charts provided! My children are 4, 8, 10, and 15- and there are ideas for connecting musically with children of all ages here. There are guidelines for family songwriting, musical parties, or instituting all school sings at your child's school. My favorite parts, however, are the sweetly illustrated narratives inserted throughout the book detailing the cute and clever ways Katryna and Nerissa's children approach music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leigh Reichenbach on November 23, 2011
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Nerissa and Katryna Nields have struck the perfect balance between providing detailed guidance to parents wishing to introduce the joys of music to their children and sharing illustrative stories from their own lives to demonstrate the origins of their philosophies, musical and otherwise. The accompanying cd is packed with fun songs that kids will enjoy and that parents won't mind playing over and over again. For those with no or little musical experience, the book is a great starting point. For those with somewhat musical backgrounds, the book provides a great refresher course. Even those with extensive musical experience can find something here to enjoy and to inspire the creation of an atmosphere at home where music is a welcome member of the family.
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One part music and two parts fun, this how-to-make-merry handbook has the potential to help seasoned musicians and novices alike. Nerissa and Katryna Nields, professional folk musicians, give the reader a background of their lives growing up in a musical family. By being exposed to music and music making, their family explored their interests and talents together. Beginning with the basics of singing, tempo, and simple percussion instruments, the Nields teach us how to introduce music into the lives of our families.

This book contains very basic, simple music lessons for singing and playing the guitar and piano, however, the real treasure of this volume is contained in the many games, crafts, and songs that can help families make music together. Each chapter introduces different songs with the guitar chord accompaniments, and the book comes with a thirty-song CD to help families sing and play along.

The Nields offer advice on writing your own songs, how and when to choose instruments for your children, and how to bring musical programs to your community. I recommend this book to families, teachers, babysitters, and daycare providers to encourage children to be creative and to find the joy in creating music together.

Reviewed by Kerry Lindgren
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