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.
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.
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?
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.
This post gives you some a little fact file for January 2023's Composer of the Month - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
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.
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.
Looking for a Christmas show or concert to take your children to in 2022? These events in and around Birmingham still have tickets available.
What do you know about the most mellow of the brass instruments? Find out more about the French Horn in this post.
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 →
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.
Want to sing something, anything, with your baby? Why not start with one of these 12 nursery rhymes?
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!
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 →
Bluey Season 3 starts on Disney+ on 10 August. It’s full of brilliant music, as well as being a generally great cartoon for children. Read more about why Bluey is the perfect cartoon for introducing your children to Classical music, and helping them develop a love of music.
A round up of the Autumn programme of inclusive music making opportunities for children and young people at MAC in Birmingham, UK.
What do you know about the trumpet? How do you play the trumpet? What is the history of the trumpet? The answer to these questions and more can be found here.
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
What is a saxophone? Who invented it and why is it a surprise he made it to adulthood at all? How do you play saxophone? These and more questions are answered in this post.
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.
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.
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!