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Musical Play in a Nutshell
For over thirty years, Julie Wylie has been working with children and families, students, teachers and therapists, developing her philosophy of Musical Play. She has learned much from her musical play experiences with her own children and grandchildren.

Musical play helps lay the foundation of love and a secure relationship between mother and child from the beginning of life. Because music is a language of the emotions, reciprocal musical play activities helps parent and child to tune into each other, to move and play in synch, thus providing joint regulation.

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Musical play is instantly accessible and is a sophisticated means for listening, expression, communication and loving interaction.

Musical play involves listening, singing, saying, moving and playing together at home, in the car, or anywhere. Musical play fine tunes children’s brains and minds to emotional, physical, social and intellectual learning.

We develop a sense of self and self-expression through reciprocal musical play. We learn to relate and communicate with others. The parent begins by waiting, watching, listening and echoing the sounds her baby gives her. This turn taking through the joint babbling games in this musical play helps develop a strong sense of togetherness and love.

The simplest nursery rhyme contains many musical elements such as pulse/beat, timing, melody/tune, dynamics/loud and soft, pauses, phrasing, form/ beginning, middle and end. As parents and children regularly share a repertoire of nursery rhymes and songs, this repertoire becomes a part of the child’s own musical expression and language. Children learn about the elements of music and how and why music works in relation to their brains and bodies. As they explore a range of sensory musical experiences, musical play becomes a vital part of the child’s own form of expression and communication. They begin to add their own words to familiar songs.
Play gives meaning to everyday tasks and routines. All children can develop their strengths and talents through musical play. A nurturing, playful environment is all important to the development of creativity, musicality and holistic learning. Music becomes an organizing factor, helping children to listen, anticipate, remember and follow the beginning, middle and end of a sung instruction.

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Within Julie Wylie’s Musical Play classes for mothers and babies and children 0-8 years the emphasis is on developing a sense of music community. The parents enjoy observing their child and others confidently take the lead and learn to respond musically. They become increasingly confident observers and players. The music groups give permission to play. Such play celebrates childhood and helps parents to enjoy mutually pleasurable, reciprocal play with their babies and young children. Parents learn many music strategies for making daily routines at home simple, predictable and pleasurable. These parents gain confidence, a sense of freedom and connection to their child, as well as discovering the joys of a childlike sense of playfulness.

Use of instructional songs helps children to modulate from one activity to another. When we listen, follow and validate the child through musical play, children begin to create their own songs, games and music activities, taking pride in being the leader and structuring their world through musical play.

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Testimonials

It is true that you can’t get enough of a good thing. My daughter fell in love with Julie Wylie’s Musical Play classes and at home she would “practise” with great gusto what she learned week to week. Her enjoyment of the songs, the actions that accompany them and the playing of instruments filled much of her time and from her bedroom we could hear her “being Julie”, in full voice!!

So naturally Julie’s DVD’s and CD’s were  a must have for Clara-Jane!!

The Julie Wylie Musical Journeys DVD quickly became the most played DVD in our home. For Clara-Jane to be able to watch, participate and learn, whenever she wanted to, in the comfort of her own home,  just added to her love of Julie’s programme.

The DVD is beautifully put together. Presented by the very tutors that the children already have a warm connection to, and featuring songs that are already familiar makes it highly accessible. The learning is in context and it beautifully complements the learning in class. Even the much-loved Oscar the clown, who opens and closes each class, is present. Clara-Jane just loves watching the children as they, so naturally, and in everyday locations  doing everyday activities, find fun and pleasure in things musical.

I have to admit that I equally enjoy the DVD. It is engaging, encouraging, and undeniably catchy. Neither Clara-Jane nor I have tired of it and we have played it literally hundreds of times.

Perhaps the best testament to just how appealing the DVD is became clear when Clara-Jane was unwell following her immunizations and she took to her bed. The only thing she wanted was to do was watch “Julie on TV”, and even feeling under the weather  she still sang the tunes!!

Julie’s CD’s also enjoy huge “play time” in our home and in our cars. It simply would not be Christmas without the “Sing Merry Christmas” CD which is a wonderful combination of children’s favourites, old and new, and rich traditional carols. To hear our daughter singing songs she had never heard before, adding her own (hilarious) actions and then creating “Christmas concerts” for us to enjoy is priceless. “When Santa Came Down The Chimney” is a favourite and like many of the songs, it captured her imagination. A great feature of Julie’s CD’s is the fact that many songs are sung by children, making them relevant and accessible for young listeners.

The joy Julie’s DVD’s and CD’s have brought into our daughter’s life is matched only by the learning they have fostered. Quite simply they bring Julie’s programme to life for any child, whether they are fortunate enough to attend Julie’s classes or not. They have played a significant role in Clara-Jane’s life and learning and they have given us huge pleasure as we watch her growing appreciation and love of music.

Sarah Long, Parent
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