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Fun Fingerplay - Mr. Wiggle and Mr. Waggle 1 Reply

This is a really fun fingerplay.  You can watch the video to learn how it goes.  It is great for fine motor skills and exploring different pitches.  Have fun!Continue

Tags: Wiggle, Waggle, fingerplay, Mr., Melodies

Started by Tonya Dirksen. Last reply by Michela Macchi Jun 23, 2013.

Using Nursery Rhymes and Children's Songs to teach your children 3 Replies

I thought you might be interested in my latest post about nursery rhymes and children's songs.  Using them can boost your children's vocabularies, strengthen math skills and even help with self expression.  For more ideas you can read my post at…Continue

Started by Tonya Dirksen. Last reply by Carolyn Wilhelm May 22, 2012.

Match the Sounds Game with empty Easter Eggs

It's Easter this week and I have a game you can make using empty Easter eggs.  This game strengthens listening skills and the children have fun playing it.For details see my blog at St…Continue

Started by Tonya Dirksen Apr 4, 2012.

Music Games - What games do you play?

 I have just posted about…Continue

Started by Tonya Dirksen Mar 4, 2012.

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Comment by Amber Robinson on October 5, 2012 at 12:06am

Hello all :)

My name is Amber Robinson, from Okotoks, Alberta.  I am a Kindergarten teacher on hiatus while my small children grow up just a little bit more.  In the meantime I am starting up a business teaching music classes to little ones aged 1-6.  The preschoolers and K's I am certainly in my element with...but I have to admit that the little guys (1-2 years) and their momma's are rattling me a little bit!  Help!! Can anyone pass on some really good no-fail ideas or links to posts that I can try to work with?  My nerves keep getting the better of me :(

Please visit my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Music4Munchkins and feel free to leave me any tidbits or good advice! Thanks a bunch!

Comment by Alec Duncan on September 19, 2011 at 1:56am

Hi everyone - I thought I should introduce myself.  I'm Alec Duncan from Perth Western Australia.  I'm a qualified child care worker (B. Soc. Sci. Children Studies) but I no longer work directly in that field.  I now do play-based instrumental music programs in child care centres and schools (kindergarten to Year 3 - 4 to 8 year olds) with my small business Child's Play Music. 

I use homemade instruments made from recycled materials and PVC. You can check out my page for some photos of the instruments if you are interested.

I don't yet have a web site, but you can find more information about me and my programs at my Facebook Page Child's Play Music .

This looks like a great site and I'm looking forward to joining the conversation.  Cheers!

Comment by Stacy~Giving Up On A Clean House on January 6, 2011 at 5:29pm

Hi,

I am interested in starting to teach my Kindergartner music. He is going to be taking an intro to music/piano class. However, I would love to work with him at home also. I have no background in music. Can anyone recommend some good resources for us? Thanks!

Comment by Jackie Higgins on December 19, 2010 at 3:10pm

Hi, music loving friends. I thought you might be interested in a post that one of my music teacher friends did on my blog recently. It's a review of Children's music AND a giveaway prize pack of 3 kids CDS. The titles being given away are: Slugs and Bugs, Slugs and Bugs Christmas, and Coal Train  Railroad. Come check it out!

Ready. Set. Read!

Comment by Tonya Dirksen on May 7, 2010 at 10:35am
HI Elina,
Welcome to we teach music!
That is great that your son has started piano lessons. Do you keep a practice chart to keep track of the days he practices?
Comment by Elina Saksonova on May 7, 2010 at 1:26am
My son started taking lessons a few months ago, he is 5 1/2 now. It's only 20 min at a time for now, because he gets tired/bored/restless. But we practice at home a few times a week, and I am starting to see some progress!

So excited about this group!
Comment by Candace @NaturallyEducational on March 16, 2010 at 10:20pm
My daughter started piano at exactly three--but I think it is really an individual thing. If you don't think he is ready yet for formal lessons, you could still play around a bit!

My grandfather is a professional pianist and I started at age 5. I'm excited to be a part of this group!
Comment by Tonya Dirksen on March 14, 2010 at 11:02pm
Welcome to we teach music, Stacey!
Comment by Tonya Dirksen on March 14, 2010 at 3:22pm
Hi Lauralee! Welcome to we teach music! My oldest girl started violin at 3 years old and is just about 15 now! But I waited for my 2nd daughter until she was 5 and she went so quickly-but she had been listening to the violin music for 4 years so she was ready to pick it up and just start playing!
We haven't started my 3 and 5 year olds on the violin yet but my 5 year old is picking up piano at our Little Mozart classes.

The Little Mozart classes that I am teaching are for 3-6 year olds and we do start teaching piano in a group but we also do other music activities such as rhythm and dancing and singing. These little ones don't have full control of all of their fingers so it is hard for them to play with fingers number 4 and 5 (ringman and pinky). So it is great to start singing "Where is Thumpkin" and other finger wiggling songs to strengthen those fingers and work on their coordination. I am working on some blogs about fun ideas and will be posting them this week so I will be sure to post them here too so you can get some ideas!
Comment by Lauralee Moss on March 14, 2010 at 2:51pm
Hi! I have a question...

What is a good age to start piano lessons? I have a very wiggly three year old who I don't think is quite ready. Everything I read says when kids are three or when their fingers are long enough. He has long fingers and shows an interest in the piano. Is three too young though? Any thoughts? Thanks!
 
 
 

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