Category Archives: music activity

Music activities for preschoolers – 5 Quick tips

Here are five tips to literally put into the tips of your fingers so you and your kids will have fun during music activities for preschoolers. After my mini-lecture two days ago, I decided to post something about music activities … Continue reading

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How long is a preschool music lesson? Program planning

Recently I was asked how long one of our Lesson Plans lasts.  The short answer is it’s up to you.  That’s the beauty of having a whole series of Music Activities that you can run in any order.  However, if … Continue reading

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Planning music lessons for pre-primary, junior primary or kindy kids

What do you do when you’ve been given the job of planning the music sessions for the pre-primary, junior primary, preschool or kindergarten age children in your workplace? Head for the aspirin! After you calm down, you ask your colleagues … Continue reading

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Musical Instruments for Toddlers-Bells

Today I’m going to focus on bells. Instrument playing works best when you limit the instrument type to one.  Then the auditory nerves are not over-stimulated.  There’s absolutely no need to give anyone a headache when playing instruments.  It should be an … Continue reading

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Musical talent in children – advice for parents

It’s time for a rant.  This is aimed at parents but teachers may like it too. I just read an article about musical prodigies in which the author of the study claims that musical talent is nearly 50 per cent … Continue reading

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Playing at Pirates: the development of children’s moral sensibility

Grey, green, greasy – that’s the look of the water in the Port River near my home.  It’s a working river so there’s always a hint of oil slick.  It’s also home to a large number of dolphins strangely enough. … Continue reading

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Music lesson plans for kids in daycare: how to plan for babies and toddlers?

What do you do when you’ve been given the job of planning the music sessions for the babies and toddlers in your daycare centre? Panic, right! Next step is to ask people around you for advice and they’ll say search … Continue reading

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Nursery Rhymes: Ride a Cock Horse

Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross, To see a fine lady upon a white horse, Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes, And she shall have music wherever she goes. Ride a Cock Horse  is an extremely … Continue reading

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Child’s play inspired by rainbow song

I just love it when children take my ideas and extend them into realms I wouldn’t have imagined.  I was teaching my preschool group of all boys a rhythm instrument song called Sends a Rainbow and I merely mentioned the … Continue reading

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Installment 2 of how to run your first music session with toddlers: We Play Music

In my previous blog I gave a lot of suggestions about how to prepare for a very first session with toddlers.  Have a look there before you go ahead with these suggestions. Now I’m going to tell you what activities … Continue reading

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