This month’s Music Book Review is the fun, rhythmic and joyful book Jazz Baby, written by Lisa Wheeler with beautiful illustrations by R. Gregory Christie.
How to make a wind chime for the garden with just metal bottle tops, fishing thread and a dream catcher hoop.
Looking at a music-themed colouring book that is supposedly aimed at adults for relaxation and stress relief.
This blog post puts a contemporary and child friendly version of a traditional instrument in the spotlight - rainsticks.
For this month’s spotlight on a musical instrument, I am looking at handbells - tuned percussion instruments that your children will just love to play, if only because they can be played VERY loud!
This month’s Music Book Review tells the story behind Swan Lake with excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s music for the ballet.
This month’s Music Book Review is one of my favourites: Giraffes Can’t Dance, a story about finding your own music to help you express yourself.
What is the triangle, and how do you play it? Some ideas and brief demonstrations are given in this blog post.
An introduction to music from the Classical period in music history. This playlist includes music from Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, CPE Bach and Gluck to give you a flavour of the music from this time.
Fancy making an easy DIY windchime to enjoy in your garden this summer? I made one out of fishing wire and jingle bells, and tell you how I did it here.
A review of an online music class for 2-4 year olds from the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Is classical music really “best” for children to listen to? Can I play the music I like when I am with my children, or should I only play music that is written for children? I discuss these questions in this blog post.
This month's Music Book Review is Where Are All The Instruments: European Orchestra. The book is written by musician, author and music education blogger Nathan Holder and illustrated by Charity Russell. The Jumo orchestra have arrived at the concert hall to play their concert, only to find that their musical instruments have all gone missing.... Continue Reading →
This month’s music book review teaches very young children the names of musical instruments by playing the game “I spy with my little eye”
Are you looking for something easy to make for your children to play with over the holidays? How about trying out a homemade musical instrument. This percussion instrument is probably one of the easiest instruments to "make" and involves gathering a few items you already have at home. Hours of wholesome musical fun awaits. Or at least 15 minutes.
Should you listen to nursery rhymes with your little children? And why are they good for your child to listen to or sing? These questions are explored and suggestions made for some nursery rhymes to choose in this blog post.
This month’s Music Book Review is an introduction to the work of composer Mozart through two friends celebrating the festival of music in Paris.
Playing music games is a great way to pass some time at home, and with the educational benefits of call and response rhythm games. A fun way to teach your child turn taking.
I currently have both children at home given the situation in the UK at the moment. My eldest is set work from school which occupies him (and me with cajoling him to get back to it and helping him understand what he is supposed to be doing), but not the whole day. So we are... Continue Reading →
Christmas songs are everywhere from about mid October to December every year, aren't they? We all have our own festive favourites, and here is a playlist featuring some of my favourite Christmas songs. All of the songs are family friendly, so grab a drink and snack and enjoy these lovely Christmas songs.
This Music Book Review is a Thomas the Tank Engine themed re-writing of the classic Christmas song The 12 Days of Christmas.
Are you looking for some ideas for music to listen to with your children? Perhaps you want to do some festive activities and have some background music on? Here is a curated festive playlist full of Christmas-themed classical music. Grab a drink and a snack, put the playlist on and settle down for some beautiful Christmas music.
Looking for some lovely seasonal music to listen to with your little ones? Here is a playlist featuring some of my favourite Christmas Carols. Put them on while you do some festive crafting, or just have a good sing-a-long with the playlist.
This month’s Music Book Review is a retelling of a Festive Favourite song, The Twelve Days of Christmas or Grandma Is Overly Generous, by Alex T Smith, 2014’s World Book Day illustrator.
As some of you who have been regular readers of this blog will know, I am trying to teach my eldest the basics of playing the ukulele. He has often expressed an interest in learning guitar and this is a good starter instrument to learn the basics with before moving on to something else like... Continue Reading →