Candida Tobin Got It!


Now, here’s a lady who knows how to teach music to small children! You’ve got to watch this video. Notice her use of rhythm manipulatives as well.


Tobin Music

Candida Tobin introduces harmony

Here’s the story about how I happened to discover this video. In my last couple of posts, I introduced the Noteman Babies. My plan is to make them in 7 different colors and correlate them to the 7 pitches in the musical scale. Boomwhackers use this method, for example. I can think of tons of music learning games that could make use of these cool music education toys. (By the way, I introduced the Noteman Babies to my elementary music classes this week, and the kids really loved them!) I discovered that my music notation software, MuseScore, has the ability to print colored note heads, corresponding to the Boomwhacker colors. During the process of learning about all of this, I found a reference to a guitar teacher who used the Candida Tobin method, so I had to find out more.

I love her approach, but would probably go with the closer-to-a-standard colors of the Boomwhackers.

If you like this, you’ve got to go here to download another video about her system:

Highly recommended!


  1. Steve says:

    Hello 🙂

    My father Chris Dell just sent me the link to your site. He noticed I got a mention.

    Where are you based? do you use Candida’s method?



    • Steve,

      I’m in Rockford, IL, USA. I am a music teacher who is always striving to be more effective at what I do. I do not use the Candida method as such, although I have independently come up with many methods that parallel what she did. I’d love to get a hold of some of her books and materials, but have been unable to get a response from the Tobin Music website. Any ideas?

      Thanks for contacting us!

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