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:

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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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Get those children singing!

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Do you find that some of the children in your EYFS setting just sit there and don’t join in with the singing?  How can you get more of those children to join in? Let's get those children singing!

Joining in with your current repertoire

All children need to learn well-known nursery rhymes but sometimes the singing of them can become a little flat.  Giving the song a little twist could be all that's needed to get more children to join in.  It could be singing the song...

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Help, I have no voice!

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It’s not until you no longer have your voice that you realise how much you rely on it as a teacher.

My job requires me to talk and of course sing.  I lost my voice at the end of June 2015, which thankfully was near the end of the summer term so my classes were near an end, but I had videos to create for the new ‘Music Time’ plans that I created.  It only started to get back to normal at the beginning of September; that’s a long time!

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So you think you can't sing!

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'I can’t sing!'

I hear so many adults saying this to me. I would like you to ask yourself: why am I thinking this? Is it that you struggle to sing along to some songs on the radio, did someone make a comment in the past or maybe you just believe you can’t sing?

The children in your setting want to sing and so they need you as their carer/teacher to teach them new songs and rhymes. So, whatever the reason you need to overcome that fear and start singing!

What’s stopping you?

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