How much do you know about the cello? What is the cello and how do you play it? What is the largest number of cellos to play all together at once? The answers to these questions and more can be found in this post.
Music Book Review: Little People, Big Dreams: Dolly Parton
A review of a book from the Little People, Big Dreams all about the brilliant Dolly Parton.
Composer of the Month – Nina Simone – Factfile
This post gives you a fact file for March 2023's Composer of the Month - Nina Simone.
March What’s On For Kids In Birmingham
A roundup of the music based events happening in Birmingham (and adding a few from Warwick Arts Centre too) in March and the first half of April 2023.
Composer of the Month – What to listen to: Beethoven
Do you want to listen to the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, but you're not sure where to start? Here is a suggested playlist to get you started.
Baker Ross DIY Star Wooden Clappers Kit
Read about how we got on making these Wooden Star Clappers using a kit from online craft retailer Baker Ross.
Facts About The Violin
Looking at the violin, what is a violin, how do you play it? Where does the violin originate from and more.
Composer of the Month – Beethoven and Technology
What musical developments affected the way Beethoven composed music and the way he earned his living.
Composer of the Month – Beethoven – Factfile
This post gives you a fact file for February 2023's Composer of the Month - Ludwig van Beethoven.
New Feature for 2023- Composer of the Month
A quick introduction to a new feature on the blog- Composer of the month.
Music Book Review: The Bear, The Piano and Little Bear’s Concert by David Litchfield
The Bear, The Piano and Little Bear's Concert by David Litchfield is a lovely follow up to the Waterstones Children's Book Prize winning book The Bear and The Piano.
February What’s On For Kids In Birmingham
A round up of some of the music-based shows and events for children and families in and around Birmingham in February 2023.
Why Learn Music Theory?
Why should your child learn music theory? Here are a few ways that it would help them enormously to make their own music, to learn at least the basics of music theory.
Composer of the Month – What to listen to: Mozart
Do you want to listen to the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but you're not sure where to start? Here is a suggested playlist to get you started.
DIY Musical Spinner
Here’s a fun game to play with a DIY spinner to get you started with some musical composition.
Composer of the Month – The Mozart Effect
What is The Mozart Effect? Does listening to Mozart actually make you smarter? And should I make my child listen to nothing but Mozart to help them with their school work?
Facts about Families of Musical Instruments
When people talk about a musical instrument belonging to a 'family" of instruments, what do they mean? And which instruments belong in those different families? Read on for the answers to these questions.
Composer of the Month – Mozart – Factfile
This post gives you some a little fact file for January 2023's Composer of the Month - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Music Book Review: The Story Orchestra – In the Hall of the Mountain King
This review looks at one of the series of books from The Story Orchestra. This book is based on, and tells the story of Edvard Grieg's fantastic piece In the Hall of the Mountain King.
What’s My Instrument by Johnny Oddsocks
A review of the lovely and charming book, “What’s My Instrument?” by Johnny Oddsocks.
2022 in Music Book Reviews
A round up of all the music books I read and reviewed in 2022.
Music Book Review: Where Are All The Instruments?: West Africa
The Why Squad are a group of children who love their music classes, and finding out as much as they can about music. In this book written by Nathan Holder and illustrated by Charity Russell they learn about instruments from different countries in West Africa. Their exploration of these instruments takes them on an adventure.
What’s On For Kids In Birmingham this Christmas?
Looking for a Christmas show or concert to take your children to in 2022? These events in and around Birmingham still have tickets available.
Facts About The French Horn
What do you know about the most mellow of the brass instruments? Find out more about the French Horn in this post.
Facts about the Tuba
For my last post of the year about different musical instruments I am looking at the tuba. The tuba is the largest and lowest pitched of the brass family of orchestral instruments. You can read my previous posts all about the different instruments in the brass family here: Facts about the Trumpet Facts about the... Continue Reading →
Why you can’t tell if your child enjoys playing a musical instrument by whether or not they practice by themselves.
If your child is having lessons on a musical instrument but does not practice, are you wondering whether they even like playing? Then this post is for you.
12 Nursery Rhymes To Sing With Your Baby
Want to sing something, anything, with your baby? Why not start with one of these 12 nursery rhymes?
Why Sing To Your Baby?
Why you should sing to your baby, and often. How you and your baby will benefit from singing together - your baby might even join in!
Music with Mr Gray
Meet Mr Gray, the primary music teacher behind the fantastic YouTube channel Music with Mr Gray.
Usborne Musical Books’ The Planets Illustrated by Morgan Huff & Written by Fiona Watt
A review of the sound book The Planets from Usborne Musical Books
September has arrived, here’s to the next 12 months of Get Kids Into Music.
Hello to you all, both long term readers of this blog and those of you who have started reading more recently. It is lovely to have you here. Photo by Taryn Elliott on Pexels.com It is Monday September 5th as I write this blog posting my children have gone back to school and I am... Continue Reading →