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MUSIC FOR CHILDREN 3 TO 5?

First of all, we need to say that learning music is a complex process.

The ways in which we are exposed to music from when we are born influences our musical learning. We are affected by the genetic, the environment in which we grow up and the goals that we want to reach during the music path.

The theory of music, the solfege and learning musical grammar don’t cover all the aspects of music learning: living music with the whole body, immersed in sounds connected with emotions and feelings, is a fundamental component of the long learning process and give to the child much more elements and knowledge than knowing how to read the notes or play technically an instrument.

The movement, connected to listening and singing, becomes for the child the trampoline from which to launch themselves towards the conquest of intonation and sense of rhythm.

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THERE ARE SO MANY KINGS IN THE WORLD – Mae’s song

“There are so many kings in the world”

She is a little big talent! 
Watch both videos to listen to Mae and Samuel West’s original song! They wrote it during her ukulele’s session.

Sam is using the songwriting technic to help the development of Mae’s natural musical potential and creativity, alongside simple ukulele’s exercises.

Great job you two!

Hatty’s song – Poppy on the wall

After her group lesson based on the Gordon’s Music Learning Theory, when everyone was getting ready to go home, Hatty (3yo) was strumming the ukulele and composing this song by herself.
She then came over to me and asked me to accompany her on the uke. 
Her mum and me had so much fun listening to her little concert that we decided to take a video and share it because we loved all the improvisations that Hatty was doing throughout the song! 
She’s changing the rhythms and the words, always checking the uke part, keep listening to the music. I also love her way of moving.

Thanks to her mum Morgan for allowing me to use the video! 
Well done Hatty!

Tiziana

PAM PAM SUMMER CONCERT

SATURDAY 27th OF APRIL and 29th OF JUNE 2019

Get ready for “PAM PAM concerts” for families, the only concert in London inspired by the Gordon’s Music Learning Theory (MLT).

No stage or chairs: children and parents in the centre of the space, comfortably seated or lying, embraced by the sound of the musicians around them. An experience of direct contact with the music, for children aged 0 to 3.

What are PAM PAM CONCERTS?

Short melodic and rhythmic songs without words that are designed for the musical development of children. PAM PAM – CONCERT hosts musicians who sing and perform pieces from classical and traditional repertoire as well as original songs composed under the principles of the Gordon’s Music Learning Theory! The musicians interact with the children and their families to create a magical space for listening and learning.


With Valeria Pozzo (violin, charrango, voice), Tiziana Pozzo (piano, ukulele, percussions, voice), Joe Steel (saxophone), Sam West (guitar and voice), Stefano Padoan (piano and voice).

INFO

When| Saturday 27th of April 2019 and 29th of June
• 3.00pm – 3.45pm ~ children between 0 and 2 years old.
• 4.15pm – 5.00pm ~ children between 0 and 3 years old.

Where | Christ Church Highbury, 155 Highbury Grove – N5 1SA London (smaller room)

Cost | Payment in advance 

Children free (up to 2 per adult)
• £ 13 ~ 1 adult
• £ 20 ~ 2 adults

Bookings at info@highburyparkmusic.com

Payments at:

Tiziana Pozzo / sort code 20-41-50 / account number 63036715

One adult

Please, use PayPal just if you have a PayPal account. Ticket for 1 adult - Children free, up to 2 per adult

£13.00

Family

Please, use PayPal just if you have a PayPal account. Ticket for 2 adult - Children free, up to 2 per adult

£20.00

CHILDREN’S MOTOR RESPONSES TO MUSIC

Today we’d love to talk about one of the ways in which we get more in touch with our students’ musical learning progress: the observation of their motor responses to music.

Some of the easiest reactions to notice are the little legs (or little hands) moving to the beat. Finding ourselves moving when we listen to music happens to all of us, most of the time unconsciously.
Rhythm, although, is something that gets stable later in the age (if properly supported).

So, how should we consider these little movements showed by the children during the sessions?
We should remember that children’s body movement is in resonance with what they’re listening to, namely the music that surrounds them.

We can say that music moves the child even before the child knows it.

Children move unconsciously, in a space that is specially created for their freedom to experiment.

Furthermore, during the sessions, we can often observe children swaying with their whole bodies to the beat, shifting the weight from one leg to another, most of the time accordingly to the tempo and the speed of the music. Their centre of gravity is perfectly linked to the ground.

What else can we observe? 
Children move, run, jump. They fall. 
We can pay attention and notice exactly when that happens. We will then see that children fall on the musical cadences; at the end of the musical phrases; or at the end of the songs, meaning that they are constantly listening and following the music (even if they’re not looking at us).

Now is the moment to ask you… have you ever observed your students’ movement? Have you ever paid attention to these details? 
By doing it, you will be able to evaluate children’s rhythm development in a very natural way.

Why don’t you try to catch their motor responses in your next sessions and share with us your discoveries? 
You can describe them here in the comments or use the hashtag #firststepsinmusicon Instagram (remember to tag @Gordon UK so it will be easier for us to find you).