Julie’s Blog

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WHEN AND HOW DO CHILDREN START COMPOSING MUSIC? Wednesday 6 March 2019 Mirror Neurons in the Brain Today we had one of our relationship based baby music classes. The babies, their mothers, and a grandmother, had only had one previous music session together. Last week we had improvised together, with the mothers and grandmother joining in echoing and singing the blues. We didn’t use words, but rather babbling ...

THE POWER OF MUSICAL PLAY AND MINDFULNESS TECHNIQUES TO CALM AND REGULATE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WHO EXPERIENCE STRESS AND ANXIETY Wednesday 21 November 2018 As humans, we are first and foremost emotional beings. The major and most fundamental concern of our brains is safety and survival. Anything that our brain senses or assesses as being detrimental to our safety and survival will receive top priority. Everything else will have to wait, including thinking and reasoning. We simply can’t think ...

TEN REASONS WHY OUR MINISTRY OF EDUCATION SHOULD DEVELOP A CURRICULUM UNDERPINNED BY MUSIC Friday 19 October 2018 1) Music is our first language. It calms stressed and anxious systems and regulates the lower brain. When the body is rhythmically organised, children are able to relax, attend, listen, enjoy and learn. 2) Music is an intuitive language of the emotions. We can use music effectively to match children’s emotional levels to calm or arouse. ...

DISCOVERING THE POWER AND SENSATION OF THE SINGING VOICE: FOR CHILDREN 0 – 8 YEARS Monday 3 September 2018 When we sing with love and emotional connection with our babies and young children, they feel the emotional quality of the singing. We are intuitively teaching children to feel the music. Singing and music making involve the sharing of feelings and experiences, and the regulation of social behaviour. From the very beginning, singing is a ...

“AN INTERVIEW WITH JULIE WYLIE” & “NURTURING THE COMPOSERS AND MUSICIANS OF THE FUTURE: MUSICAL PLAY FROM BIRTH” Wednesday 20 June 2018 Julie features twice in the May 2018 edition of the MENZA magazine “tUNE mE iN”! Click the link below to read “An Interview with Julie Wylie” and “Nurturing the Composers and Musicians of the Future: Musical Play from Birth”. Julie Wylie Articles  

WHEN SHOULD MY CHILD START LEARNING A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT? Saturday 16 June 2018 Recently a parent asked me what age a child should be, to start learning to play a musical instrument, and what instrument her child should learn. Firstly, children zero to eight years learn through their senses. They need to move, to feel the beat through a variety of musical experiences. They learn through loving musical interactions ...

LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR LIFE: LOVING, SYNCHRONOUS RELATIONSHIP BASED MUSICAL PLAY Monday 28 May 2018 Infants respond to music from birth, especially loving, relationship based music interactions with their parents. Long before birth, the infant has been listening to the musicality of the mother’s voice – the ebb and flow of the pitches, phrases and timing, as well as the rhythms of the mother’s heart beat, sounds of her digestive ...

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTRES Sunday 6 May 2018 MUSICAL PLAY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT Saturday afternoon’s workshop for Music Education Canterbury was a wonderful opportunity to share ideas about using musical play to arouse or calm children, while opening up an imaginative, magical world of possibilities. Celia’s music room at the Christchurch School of Music (CSM) was a beautiful space to work in and ...

HELPING CHILDREN TO SING IN TUNE FROM BIRTH THROUGH BODY AWARENESS PITCH GAMES Wednesday 2 May 2018 Babies are born musical and respond to and begin to anticipate and sing matching notes of the ascending five notes of the C major scale when their parents sing “Up, up, up, up, up” as they lift them up, and the descending five notes of the scale as they bring them back down and cuddle ...

BABY ELSIE AND HER MOTHER FRANCES ENJOYING MUSICAL PLAY TOGETHER Friday 16 March 2018 Following on from the previous blog, here are some beautiful video clips of Elsie and her mother Frances, enjoying musical play, as they sing and improvise together. Their songs are full of musical expression, including use of teasing, humour, joy and love. They play around with sounds, matching each other, using loud and soft, fast ...