Autumnal Instrumentation

Wednesday 13th April 2016
Sarah Marra – Musical Play Tutor

Autumn is upon us and our music classes are so excited by the sounds, textures and new instrumentation that can be found around their gardens and local reserves. This week our homework was to go on a nature hunt and find some autumn treasure. The children delighted in sharing their treasure with the class as we sang an improvised song about what each child found during the week. The children and parents played their autumn instruments to the song ‘We Are Playing Music’. We then sang about the textures of the treasure, the smells of the treasure, the sounds of the treasure, and the look of the treasure. This was exploring the different leaves, nuts, shell casings, and seed pods by use of our different senses creating a sound understanding of what each item of treasure is.
What a wonderful sensory musical learning experience we shared.
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Testimonials

I have been running Musical Parenting Groups in Auckland for 4 years, based on the model pioneered by Julie Wylie.  The parents are quite clear that these groups are very different to any  other music groups they have attended.  The points they mention time and time again are these:  the intimacy and interactivity of the small group, the enhanced bond established with their children, the musically interesting songs they learn to love and sing,  and the wonderfully joyful and stimulating  nature of the sessions.   To use C.S. Lewis’s memorable  phrase,  both they and their children are “surprised by joy”.

Alison Broom, Teacher
Coming up…
  1. Kidsfest – We are Playing Music

    July 19 @ 1:00 am - 1:30 pm
  2. African Dancing and Drumming for Parents and Kids

    July 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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