Julie quoted in latest OHBaby! Magazine

‘You cannot be cross with your children if you are singing’

Pick up a copy of the lastest OHBaby! Magazine to find quotes from Julie amongst a wonderful article by Miriam McCaleb.

 


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTRES.

MUSICAL PLAY TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR JAMES ST, PRE SCHOOL CHILDREN AND STAFF.

We have been enjoying working with teachers and children from James St. Pre School in Redcliffs, Christchurch. They are participating in an eight week programme which includes weekly musical play classes designed to suit the different ages and stages of development of their children from toddlers, middle years and older children about to transition to school.

The aims for this musical play programme are:

  • To enhance children’s natural musicality.
  • To use music for arousing or calming.
  • To develop a sense of music community.
  • To develop musical singing, saying, moving and playing.
  • To promote tuneful singing for children and staff alike using scale songs in relation to counting and body awareness.
  • To promote musical play in all aspects of the curriculum and to help teachers feel confident and competent in singing instructional songs and using music throughout daily routines.
  • To reinforce and follow the children’s own music ideas in their own play, thus building self esteem and communication.
  • To help establish rhythmical play, steady beat, understanding of weight, time, space and energy.
  • To use a range of props in group music sessions such as natural materials,  poi, rakau, parachute, rainbow ring, maracas in ways that help children to listen, wait, take turns, follow sung instructions and enjoy musical play as a group.
  • To include a training PD evening for teachers so that they learn how, why  what music does in relation to children’s emotional, physical, cognitive, social and psychological development.

Reflective practice is a vital part of helping teachers to listen, watch, wait and understand how children naturally include the elements of music in their own play. Such musical play promotes brain growth and development and joyful relationship based  music interactions. Music can then underpin every aspect of the curriculum.

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Sing with your child… Even if you think you can’t sing!

Take a look at this article from OHbaby that featured in their latest newsletter- Emma Fahy shares what she has learned from Julie about music as a form of therapy.

http://www.ohbaby.co.nz/under-5/development/sing-to-baby-heres-why/

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Rhythm Rumble Article

Julie recently presented at the Victorian Orff -Schulwerk Conference in Melbourne where she was invited to present three music workshops. This is written by Lola one of the participants who interviewed her after one of the workshops.

Julie Wylie made me feel 3 years old again.

I travelled back in time to my childhood,  through a Julie Wylie workshop at the VOSA (Victorian Orff Schulwerk Assoc) annual conference.  And I loved it!

Through my endeavours to find quality music for my music classes I had come across Julie Wylie on iTunes.  The songs were always soft and instructional and perfect for teaching music for music purposes.  So I was super excited to be involved in a Workshop Julie was conducting.  As soon as the session started this fairy like lady wafted around the room singing a little tune to gather all the adults into a circle.  We all abided her gentle ways and it seemed initially as though she was singing for herself.  But I was wrong, there was a plan, and a very deliberate plan and we were all transported back to being 3 years old and participating in a Julie Wylie music class.

Julie is an Interntaional Childrens Award winner for her album “Bop it in a Rocket” and graciously agreed to be interviewed and she shared her inspiration for teaching music.  As a child Julie was influenced by a cousin who was a Concert Pianist and a musical Kinder teacher who instilled musical confidence.  She has had music in her life forever.

She tells a story of when she was a Highschool teacher and noticed so many children couldn’t keep a steady beat or sing in tune and taught a program with a group of troubled teens.   she would listen to their music (Heavy Metal) and analyse it with them. A student admitted that listening to their style of music made him feel anxious.  Being a great teacher she made a trade off by asking them to listen to her music such as Beethoven Pastoral Symphony and the children were encouraged to listen and analyse.  The result was the “most musical and moving things she has every seen.” The boys made their own instruments and performed music and re-enacted Beethovens character and turned their attitude and life around.

Julie is equally passionate about her work with The Champion Centre in Christchurch, which is an early intervention program for infants and young children with disabilities,  which Julie was asked to set up 23 years ago.  As a Highschool teacher she had to unlearn and relearn and with her Music therapy background with Nordoff Robbins has become a leader in this field. You can read more about it here The Champion Centre

Julie’s approaches her music classes with an overall plan to teach music elements, but not with a structured lesson plan as she allows and encourages the children to direct the music lesson.  Althoug every class involves Nursery rhymes around the rainbow ring and a Hello song based on the 5 note scale.  But, the magic happens in the last 15 minutes of the class where they have access to organza, drums, chime bars and their imagination.  Children are encouraged to improvise and compose their own music after being immersed in a musical playground.

So inspired by children’s musical ability, she played me a song she recorded that was composed by a young child in her music class and played on the Chime bars and was truly beautiful.

Julie’s style is a blend of music education and music therapy, as she wants music to reach and touch and build relationships. She is coming from the world of the child, listening and watching the children to effectively communicate through music.  The most important element to this approach is that children feel her love and at the end of the session they come and give her cuddles.

I learnt so much from meeting Julie Wylie, and being in her presence.  It was evident she truly loves her work and loves children.  If you haven’t experienced Julie Wylie’s music you must check out her website.Julie Wylie and do yourself and your children a BIG BIG Favour!

Big Love

Lola

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Christmas Event

We are excited to share that Julie will be leading a wonderful morning of songs and music for pre schoolers at a special Christmas event hosted by the Transitional Cathedral.

Pop the date in your diaries now for your pre-schoolers and you to enjoy together!

Thursday 8 December 2016 10.30-11.30am, Transitional Cathedral

Enquiries: Revd Nicky Lee Tel. 353 7883 or 021 267 8795


Julie Wylie presents “The Key To Wellbeing is Musical Play” in Glasgow, Scotland later this month

Julie has been invited to present a peer reviewed workshop “The Key To Wellbeing is Musical Play” at the 2016 International Society of Music Education later this month in Glasgow, Scotland. This is a huge honour. Julie will be working with top musicians from all around the world. She leaves on the 14th July for Vienna, Salzburg and Berlin prior to the conference. The classes are in very capable hands with the music team while she is away. Julie will be back on the 2nd August.


New Postgraduate Certificate in Play Therapy and Musical Play

 


“What’s in the Box?” Parent Workshop on Monday Night

On Monday evening we held a seminar: “What’s in the Box” for parents from our Julie Wylie Musical Play classes.
This was an opportunity for parents to  meet one another, to ask questions, to experience some simple musical play and understand how music works in relation to the brain and how to use music to calm and settle their children at bedtime, or when they upset and over-aroused.
We also explored the elements of music in relation to the body, use of instructional and narrative songs to sing children through sequences of daily routines, and singing about what their child is doing.
Musical play was emphasised as something every parent and child can enjoy at home, in the car, anywhere.
Questions from parents related to how children communicate musically, join in or watch during a music class, how they play musically at home, examples of their children’s musical play and when children are ready to go on and learn a musical instrument.
We enjoyed meeting parents and hearing their music stories about their children and having a group discussion about the benefits of musical play classes.
Thanks to our fabulous music team we all enjoyed a delicious array of food.

Recent Musical Play Events

Wednesday 18th May 2016

This has been a busy week for Julie with an all day Saturday workshop in Auckland for students and teachers from the Chinese Society and a two hour workshop in Christchurch for teachers on Monday evening.

It is always exciting hearing and seeing teachers become more confident with their singing, creating their own tunes and exploring the elements of music through musical play. In both workshops there were some very special music moments with tuneful singing and creative music ideas. Teachers who had never played music were composing and playing beautiful singable melodies. There was an emphasis on listening and developing aural skills through echo songs, rhythmic patterning, movement activities and helping participants understand how music activates and regulates the brain.
Next week our whole team will get together with our parents and caregivers from our weekly music classes to present a Musical Play seminar “What’s in the Box”? This seminar is designed to help parents understand the philosophy of Musical Play and how to incorporate musical play into daily routines with their children and to provide opportunity for everyone to meet the team and to enjoy some interactive Musical Play.
Thank you very much to offer a wonderful music workshop for Chinese ECE educators in Auckland. We have learnt so much music teaching ideas for babies, toddlers, over 3 and special needs children. Most importantly, we learnt the ways that how you communicate and interact with children at different age groups in the music activities. I was hoping I could be a professional ECE music teacher like you and help many young children to build their musicality at the beginning of their life.
非常感谢Julie Wylie能为我们奥克兰华人幼教老师带来这场精彩的幼儿早教音乐培训课。在您的课堂上,我们学到了如何与不同年龄组的小朋友交流,并开展音乐活动。作为我个人来讲,我希望我也能成为向您一样的优秀的早教音乐教师。我希望在我的教育职业生涯中,通过我的努力,能帮助更多的小朋友在少儿时期对音乐产生兴趣,并在幼儿园里学习到基础的音乐知识与技能。
Yona Yang Li, Scribbles Early Education Centre (Auckland)

New Musical Play and Play Therapy Training Programme opens in Christchurch

Play Therapist Alex Gosteva and Musical Play Specialist Julie Wylie are currently developing an on-line based postgraduate training course in Musical Play and Play Therapy in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Alex Gosteva has been offering Play Therapy training to teachers and professionals working with children for a number of years at her Child and Family Play Therapy Centre in Christchurch. Her interest in Play Therapy began over 15 years ago when she was an early intervention teacher, and she has since devoted her career to pursuing this interest through completing her Masters and setting up a private practice in Play Therapy.

Julie Wylie has been pioneering Musical Play at the Champion Centre Early Intervention programme in Christchurch for the last twenty three years and at her own music school with parents and their children 0-8 years. Her philosophy of following the child through Musical Play has been recognised world wide and has led to invitations to present in many countries of the world. She has received music awards for her music leadership and her music resources have won international awards.

Alex and Julie believe that adding a Musical Play component to Play Therapy will make the training programme really unique. Musical play, which is a blend of music education and music therapy, is a uniquely effective tool for early intervention with young children. It activates different regions of the brain and neural imaging studies show that both listening to and making music engages all levels of the brain and body. Musical play can support developing functions such as balance and breathing, relationship and connection with others and higher cortical functions of language, thinking and decision making.

Musical play is a powerful way of helping parents and their children establish bonds of love in a secure relationship because Musical play supports the timing of interactions, thus helping parent and child to be physiologically regulated. Effective Musical Play for all very young children involves engaging them and their parents/caregivers in Musical Play activities that can regulate the children’s and the parent’s physiological systems, thus strengthening parent child relationships, building a sense of musical community within a music group and opening children’s minds to physical, social, emotional and intellectual learning and development.

The new course will help participants understand Musical Play and Play Therapy in relation to brain growth and development. Students will learn how to use the elements of music and Play Therapy effectively in their own practice.  Course film footage, research, readings and practical workshop experiences will demonstrate how to follow the child’s lead, how to draw the parents into the interaction as full partners, thus contributing to the child and parent’s sense of well-being, belonging, communication, and exploration.
If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Alex and Julie: jcwyliemusic@gmail.com


Testimonials

It is such a pleasure to come back to Julie’s classes with my second baby, Jack, and see him fizz with delight through the magic of musical play. Julie has such a talent for tuning in with each child and enabling them to confidently take the lead in different activities. I feel so at home in the relaxed atmosphere of her classes and find them such a special bonding time with my children.

Victoria Boyd, Parent
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