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Archive for March, 2013

Dance Music For Kids

Children love to dance and movement is an important – and fun – way for young ones to become aware of their bodies and encourage cognitive development.

Universal Children’s Audio (UCA) is a publisher of great music and resources for the early years. They are one of our favourites at Educational Esteem. Based in New Zealand (a leader in early childhood education) UCA is dedicated to creating music just for children and it does a range of titles from dance, to storytelling and relaxation. The collections are categorised by native NZ birds – each one signifying a range of CDs for example, the fantail introduces dancing and moving, which is what this blog post is all about! Read more

Children’s music artists from Canada

 

In terms of music for children the maple leaf rules!

Children’s music artists from Canada are highly respected by education professionals and loved by families around the world.

Probably the best known Canadian artist is Raffi with his distinctive style and respect for children. Raffi has been recognised with many awards, including the Order of Canada for his “Child Honouring” work – his vision for creating a humane and sustainable world by addressing the universal needs of children. One Light One Sun is one of his most popular collections and features his moving ‘One Light, One Sun” , the silly  ‘Apples and Bananas” and “De Colores” — a beautiful ballad in Spanish. Another wonderful collection is Quiet Time and Raffi makes nap time, bedtime, cuddle time or just winding down time a warm and loving experience for families to enjoy and share. In his gentle, humorous way, Raffi sings much-loved tunes like ‘Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star’ and ‘Rockabye Baby’ as well as his classic original compositions like ‘Blessed Be’ and ‘Thanks A Lot’. Raffi’s music both soothes and spreads a gentle message of mindfulness and gratitude. Read more

Shenanigans – Bush Dances for Kids

Australian bush dancing was pretty big in the 1980s and it’s now making something of a comeback. But for children, bush dancing has always been a very fun, active and inclusive form of dance. The music is provided by bush bands, like Shenanigans, who have been performing and producing music for children and adults for over 30 years! Shenanigans are one of Australia’s best-known and regarded educational troupes who have conducted bush dance and world dance and multicultural workshops at hundreds of schools over the years.

Shenanigans’ Bush Dances of New Holland is a terrific resource for primary aged children onwards and includes dances from a variety of styles and cultures, including standard Australian bush dances. Other cultural influences on the collection are ‘Louisiana Saturday Night’, the Serbian ‘Scissor Dance’ and the old English ‘Sellenger’s Round’. Read more