Author Archives: nannyjay

About nannyjay

I am an early childhood music specialist, with a passion for music, music for singing, music for children, classical music, contemporary, good quality folk recordings, moving to music that comes from a feeling within. Having recently become a grandmother, the months are flying past too quickly!! I have decided that I would like to record the musical journey Baby SOH and I will take together. Music enhances my own life, and I have seen the contribution music makes to family lives, and children's lives from their youngest days. I am also interested in the contribution music makes to family relationships. I love to sing myself, and so the Kodaly philosophy of music education sits very well with me. Zoltan Kodaly was a Hungarian music educator and composer, and believed that singing is the foundation for all music education. I will soon be attending the early childhood music seminar of the International Society of Music Educators in Beijing, China, which is very exciting. People from the world over meet to share the latest research in music for children 0 - 8 years. So the journey begins.

Baby SOH was over for tea, last night, which was a treat. She is much bigger than a baby these days, but still the baby of our family! We exchanged the stories of the day, and after the meal was … Continue reading

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Speaking Voices and Singing Voices

Children’s Voices Our voice is a very important part of our identity.   We communicate emotion and meaning with our voices, and it’s one of the ways we connect with others.  The amazing thing is that all voices sound different!! The … Continue reading

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Rainy day singing for a 5 year old

Baby SOH has just turned 5!! She had spent the day at OOSH, and it was an aweful wet and cold afternoon. When driving home, I said “Rain, rain go away come again another day” And Baby SOH said, “Little … Continue reading

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The Swan from Saint Saens

Baby SOH just loves to move to music. We visited her home on Father’s Day, and she was bopping along to some great music. Baby SOH loves classical music too. She has loved Dance of the Toy Flutes, by Tchaikovsky, … Continue reading

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I am the Music Man

I am the Music Man I come from far away …. A Child’s Play picture book, illustrated by Debra Potter. I read it to Baby SOH when she was much younger, and she loved it then. She has rediscovered the … Continue reading

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Bye lo Baby O

I love this song, and we sang it at playgroup today. It is beautiful in its simplicity, and so versatile with young children. They love to hear their name in any song. This one is a lullabye, however can be … Continue reading

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I’ve got a Teddybear

We followed up Rickety rickety rocking horse, with this great song by Julie Wylie from New Zealand. Children start by dancing with their teddybear on their head, and then teddy does a great little jump! Teddies go on each shoulder, … Continue reading

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