FIRST STEPS IN MUSIC

Are you attending a music class with your little one?

Here you can find a description of the ACCULTURATION, the first stage of the musical learning (usually between the age of 0 to 3 years) according to the Music Learning Theory – MLT – of Edwin E. Gordon.

Our courses for babies are based on the MLT with the aim of helping the development of the natural musical potential of the children.

We hope that the following description can help you understand the natural responses of your baby to the music!

ACCULTURATION. 0-3

 

WEEKLY MUSICAL SUGGESTION

Hello!

Here we are for our second appointment of the Weekly musical suggestion!

In preparation of the song for the new year we have decided to share with you another amazing piece this week, to celebrate the lunch of our Weekly musical suggestion.

After the classical piece of a couple of days ago, today we would like to share with you a lullaby sung half in Zulu and half in English.

Thula Mtwana – Be Still My Child 

Leib Ostrow produced this song with Ladysmith Black Mambazo in South Africa (Zulu). They produced a whole recording for children and families called Gift of the Tortoise which is available on I tunes or Amazon. 

We hope you like it as we do!

How can you listen to this song with your child?

You can sing along the lyrics while you are rocking your baby or dancing freely trying to find the beat jumping around or walking like a train.
LYRICS:
Thula, thula, thula mtwana
Thula, thula, thula mtwana
Ungakhai Umama akekho Umama uzobuya (repeat)
Thula, thula, thula mtwana
Thula, thula, thula mtwana
Ungakhai Umama akekho Umama uzobuya
 Be still, be still, be still, my child
Be still, be still, be still, my child
Do not cry Mother is absent
Mother shall come back
Be still, be still, be still, my child
Be still, be still, be still, my child
Do not cry Mother is absent
Mother shall come back

See you on the 24th for our Weekly musical suggestion!

Marta Musindò
At Highbury Park Music we have decided to take inspiration from our Italian friend Marta!
Marta Noè is a great music educator that runs the Italian blog Musindò, which offersmusindo every week a selected musical piece to be listen at home with the children.
At HPM we choose our musical proposals according to the Music Learning Theory of Edwin E. Gordon and our experiences as music educators.
With the aim of helping the development of the musical potential of the child, we follow the principals of contrast, briefness, variety and complexity as fundamental elements of our weekly musical suggestions.
Marta Noè is a music educator specialised in the Music Learning Theory, founder and director of two different schools in Milan, called Musindò. She’s also a wonderful mum!

 

WEEKLY MUSICAL SUGGESTION

At Highbury Park Music we have decided to take inspiration from our Italian friend Marta!
Marta Noè is a great music educator that runs the Italian blog Musindò, which offersmusindo every week a selected musical piece to be listen at home with the children.

At HPM we choose our musical proposals according to the Music Learning Theory of Edwin E. Gordon and our experiences as music educators.

With the aim of helping the development of the musical potential of the child, we follow the principals of contrast, briefness, variety and complexity as fundamental elements of our weekly musical suggestions.

How can you listen to this music with your child?DSC_3120

Marta says: “You can move relaxed and free in a space with no distructions, encouraging the discovery of a continuos movement, following the flow of the music; or you can associate a motor activity to discover the weight of the body in relation to the music in your nursery, school or living room…”

And we add… try to keep the rhythm with the body percussion!

Our weekly musical suggestion is:

In the Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg

Pay attention: at the minute 1.40 the music becomes really fast and loud!

The piece is an orchestral music composed by Edvard Grieg in 1875 as incidental music for the sixth scene of act 2 in Henrik Ibsen’s 1867 play Peer Gynt.

See you next week!

Marta MusindòMarta Noè is a music educator specialised in the Music Learning Theory, founder and director of two different schools in Milan, called Musindò. She’s also a wonderful mum!

You can find her on FB:  Marta – Una maestra di musica

 

 

 

SOUNDING OUT ON BBC

Today on BBC,  the Professor Graham Welch, Chair of Music Education discusses the benefits of singing, as well as the findings from research commissioned by charity Creative Futures into singing behaviour and development with hearing-impaired children at Laycock Primary School in London.

This year the research Sounding Out is run by Tiziana and Sam in two different schools of London, Blanche Nevile and Selwyn Primary.

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