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)

Testimonials

Great news, I already had some bean bag frogs so I tried out the Bean Bag Frog Song on Monday with great interactive results. So simple and effective. I sang it a-cappella like on the CD breaking it down nice and slow – all the kids and parents were right into it and straight away the kids the kids starting singing along with me. They also decided to make up their own ideas for what the frogs could do. Precious little minds at work…my favourite was balancing your frog on top of your head and now get ready to drop!

Thanks again and I really hope I also get to meet you one day.

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Melanie Maslin, Baby Love Music Fun, Australia
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