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I am lucky to be able to listen to the birds singing to each other from my office in the garden. There is one bird, we think it is a blackbird, who sings a very non-bird like tune.  It sounds like the start of a song but you never hear it complete; just the same unfinished musical phrase every time.

Why am I telling you about this?

When children first learn to sing they don’t always complete a  phrase or sing a complete line, just like the bird.  We need to acknowledge...

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7 Songs/Rhymes That Get Children Moving!

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Music and movement go together like cheese and crackers, a chair and table, rain and an umbrella.. you get the idea; they complement each other.  So, I have listed 7 songs and rhymes that I know will get children moving!

1. Grand Old Duke of York.  Who can sing this nursery rhymes without moving?  The words tell the children what to do.  It is great for emphasising the pulse (the beat in music).  If you're not sure about what is meant by the pulse/beat...

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50 Song and Rhymes

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What song and rhymes will you sing/say with the children in your early years setting in the next year?

Here are 50 songs and rhymes, in alphabetical order, that I have sung or will be singing in the next year: 

  1. A hedgehog is very prickly
  2. Aeroplanes, aeroplanes
  3. An elephant
  4. Baa, baa black sheep
  5. Bobby Shaftoe
  6. Big Bears
  7. Christmas pudding
  8. Cobbler, cobbler
  9. Coffee, coffee
  10. Cows in the kitchen
  11. Cuckoo
  12. Dr Foster
  13. Dingly dangly scarecrow
  14. Down in the jungle
  15. Five little ducks
  16. Five little men
  17. Five...

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3 Great Movement Rhymes

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Movement songs are great.  Songs that have movement may help the children learn the words, develop a sense of pulse/beat and other musical elements.  There are many movement songs but I have chosen 3 which both the children and I enjoy.

1 Grand Old Duke of York

The children love marching to this song and it is particularly good for emphasising the pulse with the strong marching within it.  Also once the children know it well, I encourage them to explore pitch with their body:...

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9 Books That You Can Sing

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There are many books that you can add some singing to, whether that be a word, a phrase or the whole book.

I've added affiliate links to Amazon for your convenience; just click on the image of the book.

Here are 9 that you might like to try:

Monkey Puzzle

Here is a breakdown of how I approach the story Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. This was one of my children’s favourite books when they were young!

What musical elements can we focus on that will bring the story to...

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Me, Singing?

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Does the thought of singing make you feel stressed?

Last week, I was reading an article by Richard, a choir director, that discussed adults believing they cannot sing.  He remarks

‘I have yet to meet anyone with amusia - a musical disorder which apparently affects 4% of the population.’

Here’s the link if you’d like to read it:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/i-love-music-so-why-cant-sing-tune-richard-swan-2

I can’t remember how the conversation came up...

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5 Great Action Songs

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Action songs are great.

They can make a song fun and enjoyable to sing and they can alsohelp the children learn the words. I sometimes make actions up to help children learn the words. There are many action songs but I have chosen 5 which both the children and I enjoy.

1. Head Shoulders Knees and Toes.

This is a song I vividly remember singing as a child. My favourite part was missing the words out. If you've never done this you would hum instead of saying thebody parts:

  • First verse singing...

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My 5 favourite songs to sing during a Music Time

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Do you have songs that you love to sing with the children?  I’m going to share with you my five favourite although it was hard to whittle it down to five:

1.Twinkle, twinkle

I love that most children know Twinkle twinkle. The song has a tricky tune but I hear so many under 5s trying to sing it; it's wonderful to hear. 

Although I think the main reason I love this song is it brings back memories of when my two children were little. My husband and I used it as the closing...

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Backing tracks are not the only way!

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Backing tracks are not the only way!

If you currently put a children’s music CD on to get the children singing why not occasionally have a break from this and lead the singing 'a capella' (without instrumental accompaniment). If you worry that your singing is not good enough I assure you it is and the children want to hear you sing. You may like to read my blog ‘So you think you can’t sing’ here is the link:https://musicalabc.simplero.com/blog/2895-so-you-think-you-cant-sing

There are many...

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3 Song Activities Every Early Years Practitioner Should Have Up their Sleeve

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Having a Music Time once a week is great but it is also important for music to be spontaneous.  To be able to do this you need to have music song activities that you can call on quickly from memory; no need for a CD you can just start wherever you are with the children.

Here are the 3 song activities that I believe every practitioner should have up their sleeve: Well-known Nursery Rhymes, Songs and Rhymes for different themes and a Hello/Goodbye song:

1. Well-known Nursery Rhymes

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