Blog

Listening to music

11 Suggestions of Music for End of Year Celebration

11 Suggestions of Music for End of Year Celebration.jpg

Do you do a leavers event where you share memories of the children's time in your early years setting?  If so, are you struggling to think of pieces of music that you could use to accompany it?  Well, I have listed below 11 happy and/or celebratory pieces of music that you may like to use.  There are affiliate links for your convenience.

1. Greatest Day by Take That

2. A Million Dreams from Greatest Showman

3. Don't Stop Me Now! by Queen

4. Wonderful World by Louis...

Read more…

Rock, Pop, Baroque.. What's Your Jam?

Rock, Pop, Baroque.. What's Your Jam-.jpg

Rock, Pop, Baroque.. What's Your Jam?

On the bank holiday weekend, my family and I went to the cinema to watch ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’.  If you haven’t watched it yet don’t worry I’m not going to give away the storyline, what I’m going to talk about is the soundtrack.  The soundtrack is made up of 70s/80s music.  Now I grew up listening to this music and has brought back many memories.  My son, who is nearly 15, after watching the...

Read more…

10 Reasons Why Listening to Music is a Must in The Early Years

10 Reasons Why Listening to Music is a Must in The Early Years.jpg

Do you currently avoid listening to music with the children because you’re not sure when, what and how to use it?  It really is worthwhile and enjoyable. So keep reading to find out why I always include a listening element in my music time and why I think it’s a music must-have for your early years setting.

What do I mean by listening to music?

It could be you do an activity whilst listening to music during your music time, take part in another activity whilst listening to...

Read more…

Superheroes, Princesses, Dinosaurs, Monsters…!

Superheroes, Princesses, Dinosaurs, Monsters…!.jpg

Superheroes, Princesses, Dinosaurs, Monsters…!  I'm sure you have some children in your setting who love to pretend to be one of the aforementioned.

So what has got me thinking about this?

To celebrate my son’s 14th birthday we visited Alton Towers.  I was sitting in the X-Sector section, waiting for my two children to come off a ride, and I heard music that reminded me of superhero theme music and it got me think about the different type of music we let our children...

Read more…

Quality listening is so important. 

Quality listening is so important (1).jpg

There is a lot of music that is created specifically for children.  I have heard some great compositions but I have also heard what I call ‘take away’ music: keyboard sound music.  Like ‘take away’ food it’s okay but consumption should be limited! If we just play this music to our children we are letting them down! They need to listen to a wide genre of 'real' music.  Ideally, some of this should be live but, as this can be tricky to organise,...

Read more…