ABCs of MUSICAL STYLES

While riding in the car, we may listen to music we like with our kids.  However, often parents find themselves with a variety of kids songs in the car and stuck in their heads.  “Baby Shark,” songs from Moana, Frozen, and many others.  These songs are fun, catchy, and important, kids should have an array of ‘kid-music’ to listen to.

However, there are reasons to play many styles of music for your kids.  As a matter of fact, you can even make an adventure of exploring new musical styles right along with them.  Music is a pretty awesome method for bringing different cultures into your home.

Think about blues or punk or salsa.  These music genres have their origins in very different people, places, and eras.  Imagine all the things you can explore with just those three genres, different fashion, ideas, historical events, and more!

If you’re not sure how or where to start.  I’m here to help! 🙂  I’ll be going through different genres from A-Z with the ABCs of Musical Styles.  This will be a series of videos that will focus on both a letter of the alphabet and a music genre that starts with that letter.  We will dive right into the who, what, when, and why as well as how does the music sound.

Check out the first video, ‘A is for ALTERNATIVE ROCK Pt. 1’ below and follow on Facebook or Instagram (@musicallytrained) as we go through each genre and explore in a way that is fun and accessible for the whole family.

 

Mother’s Day Thoughts and Songs

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I know you shouldn’t use blurry photos, but this is one of my favorites.  My Mom & I giggling away. She was the best friend a girl could have.

Below you will find a couple of songs I have written to be used for Mother’s Day themed lesson plans or play time.

However, please keep in mind that, while Mother’s Day is a wonderful holiday, it can be hard for some. After losing my own mother I’m more aware of the fact that some children may have lost or never known one or both parents.  They may also not live with their parents at all.  Any of these situations can cause children to have many different feelings about Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

Many teachers make the choice of whether to do themed songs or activities for these occasions.  Discussion is always a great idea and works wonders even with the littlest little.

Now, without further ado, here are some songs and activities to add to your Mother’s Day repertoire.  Lyrics, and props used, for the songs can be found here.

“MOMMA MOMMA, I LOVE YOU”

This song is really easy to do a cappella with clapping.  It also offers some action steps towards the end.  So be sure to stand up and move!

“M-O-M, THAT SPELLS MOM”