What on earth do you do with your children to fill the time in the summer holidays? Well if you live near Birmingham City Centre like me, why not check out these events over at #MAC #summermusic #summerholidays #summermusicevents #musicforkids #makeyourownmusic
In this post I turn the spotlight onto the bassoon, one of the lowest pitched and largest members of the woodwind family of instruments. What do you know about this unique and fabulous instrument? A lot more than before, if you read this post!
So your child is learning a musical instrument? Where would you go to to buy the sheet music they need? Starting with online retailers I talk about where to go to buy sheet music from.
This Music Book Review is a lovely book When Step Met Skip by Vicky Weber, illustrated by Geneviève Viel-Taschereau. Written by an Early Years music teacher, the book introduces simple music theory concepts in a fun and engaging way for young readers.
Is it worth going into one of the National Chain book shops if you are looking to buy sheet music? I went into 2 in Birmingham, UK and this is what I found.
With Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee celebrations fast approaching, here is a playlist full of music for a Royal occasion, including music played at Elizabeth II's Coronation.
Making a woodblock with my 4 year old using DIY Baker Ross Mini Wooden Block kit. A fun way to spend a rainy afternoon, spending family time together.
Musical games to play at home. A fun way to get your children to have a go at composition, and to make their own music. Great for homeschool music composition class.
This month’s Music Book Review looks at Usborne Books’ Lift-the-flap Questions and Answers about Music. This is a good book for younger readers to learn more about music. It is a lift-the-flap book which will engage even younger readers.
Why do we teach children creative arts? If children are not going to be professional artists or musicians etc is it worth teaching them these subjects? My answer is a resounding yes, for the reasons outlined in this post.
Fun facts about instruments of the orchestra - this time a member of the woodwind family, the clarinet. How much do you know about this musical instrument?
A review of the new work in progress opera Hello Bird, Hello Fish by Birmingham based children’s opera company B’Opera.
In this post I interview Zoe Challinor, one of the founders of an opera company for under 5s and their families based in Birmingham, UK.
Tala is a little girl who lives in Music Metropolis and who has special powers through the power of music. Read my review of the book Rhythm Rescue by Vicky Weber and illustrated by Geneviève Viel-Taschereau.
A review of Four Seasons In One Day, one of The Story Orchestra series of books that bring famous musical words to life for young children.
How much do you know about the flute? Some interesting facts about my favourite wind instrument (the one I play myself).
A couple of winter themed music playlists to listen to with your children. Grab an instrument and play or sing along, dance around, grab pens and paper and make art inspired by the music you hear. Whatever you want to do, I hope you enjoy this playlist at home, or in your music homeschool.
How much do you know about the trombone? Here are some trombone facts to increase your musical general knowledge on this brass instrument.
What are the consequences of children being encouraged to enjoy music? Well yours will never be a quiet home if that is the case. Actually, it is quite fun!
A very happy new year to all of you who read this blog! This time last year my family were all recovering from our Christmas Covid infections, and so we knew we would not be returning to school straight away. Of course we went straight into a lockdown with schools closed for a while. This... Continue Reading →
How many times have you listened to the same Christmas songs in the shops? They start being played earlier and earlier each year, don't they? But how much do you know about our musical festive favourites? Here are some fun and interesting seasonal facts about Christmas music.
How much do you really know about the piano? Here are some fun and interesting facts about this family favourite musical instrument.
Ever wonder what inspired some of the most famous pieces of music? Well in this wonderful book, Once Upon A Tune: Stories From The Orchestra by James Mayhew, the stories behind many brilliant pieces of music, including The Sorcerer's Apprentice, The Flight of the Bumblebee and The William Tell Overture, are told.
A tour through music history from the classical period highlighting the music of Black Composers, in celebration of Black History Month.
This Music Book Review looks at the board book of children's favourite song Wheels On The Bus. This version of the song if from YouTube children's animation channel Cocomelon. I challenge you not to sing along when reading this with your children.
Have you seen the viral #GraceKellyChallenge and want to have a go either yourself or with your family. Perhaps you have never tried singing in harmony before and don’t know where to start. Singing a #songinrounds is a great way to start off singing together with other people.