How It Works
Delivering music sessions seems like a skill that everyone should be able to do. Jobs from nurseries to primaries to care homes expect it from their staff. It actually takes a number of skills working together, including practical experience with theoretical application . Musicaliti Lesson Planners guide you from your very first session: from what instruments to use, suggestions on what to say, how to pace activities, and how to end sessions in a way that leaves your group wanting more.
Children move. It is what they do. It is how they learn. It is who they are. Because of this, we use the acronym S.P.A.C.E. to cover all the areas that we have found essential in delivering music for the early years.
Child development and education research shows that there are many ways to learn, and that as many ways as possible should be used. This helps to introduce, establish and reinforce new knowledge, ending with the final stage of using that knowledge to create something new. In child development terms, each sessions is an opportunity to develop:
SOCIAL SKILLS: the ability to interact positively with others takes time and practice and can be encouraged through deliberate activities, for example, creating a welcoming greeting routine prepares children for a new activity as well as demonstrating a better way to start the day.
PHYSICAL SKILLS: can including motor as well as vocal development, for example, including whispering, speaking and singing allows children to experiment with communication.
ACADEMIC SKILLS: songs can explicitly introduce number or thinking concepts, as well as cognitive skills like planning and concentration, for example, developing sensitive listening helps children to respond better to instruction and detail.
CREATIVE SKILLS: creativity is not participation in sessions, but developing a personal response to sessions, for example, teaching patterns develops children’s spatial planning and awareness.
EMOTIONAL SKILLS: these are skills that promote self-belief, self-confidence and empowerment, for example, routine provides emotional security by knowing what to expect.
Most children automatically respond positively to music (unless it has been associated with a negative experience). It is an activity that has been used in all cultures that we have discovered, going back in time as far as 42-43,000 years ago. We use the S.P.A.C.E. acronym here, too.
Several music education theories exist that break music down to its components: melody (tune) and rhythm (beat). These are helpful ways to learn about how music works in a gradual way, without needing experience in maths (fractions) or alphabet (music notes). Added onto these are the different effects or dynamics, like quiet/loud, fast/slow, high/low, instrument voice (timbre), perfect for preschool ages to learn:
SINGING: We sing before we play on the instruments because the immediate feedback shows understanding.
PLAY: We play games and instruments every time because games are fun and easily hold attention because the rely on an immediate response.
ACT: We act out the story or characters in the song because acting develops empathy and subtle changes in dynamics like loud and quiet.
CREATE: We create our own music because creating original music shows understanding of creativity.
EXPLORE: We explore new ways to make sounds because this type of improvisation gives us new ways to respond to feelings and stories.
Lesson Planners give step-by-step instructions, perfect for your very first lesson through to inspiration for your own personalised approach!
What Can We Do for You?
We love learning, we love music and we love sharing. We can help you to teach, help you to play, and even help you to publish, too!
As educators, we love new information. And we love the feeling of empowerment that people get from learning new skills.
Our Song Book Series uses songs, both new and old, with child-friendly themes to make musical concepts clear and memorable. Stories can be powerful reminders of information, no matter what age. Our current themes include underwater creatures, magic and royalty, musical food, transport songs, sports music, international celebrations, and musical animals.
As musicians, we love to play together. There is an incredible feeling in being part of something bigger, where the part that you play improves with others.
Goodies For Guitar, our starter series of children’s songs for the guitar, takes you right from the beginning of learning music using children’s songs and rhymes, in both traditional notation and guitar tablature (TAB). Sing In Tune, our singing tutorial, uses the same repertoire, with a focus on improving intonation (singing accuracy) while introducing music notation in a clear and helpful way.
As publishers, we love to share what we know with as many people as we can.
We share information that we have developed through our own research as well as sharing information that we have learnt from others. And we know that sharing information at the right time in the right place with the right people can be life-changing. We have a few things in place that we have set up in order to keep our sessions and our skills available, so are happy to consider new authors and new works along the same lines.
Music is becoming better recognised for the fantastic benefits it provides. But not all jobs are able to train staff in all of the skills needed to successfully deliver a music session. We are here to provide bespoke advice and/or training for your situation, from children’s settings through to health, special needs and older care.