Have you ever played a passing game as a child? Even if you don’t remember, chances are you did! Passing games are present in almost all cultures. These games are usually accompanied by a melody and involve passing a...
Is anything better than chocolate and making music? Teach your kids some Spanish with these Mexican and Peruvian nursery rhymes about chocolate.
Traditional Japanese music is quite different from Western music. With a sparse rhythm and periods of silence, the music tends to calm and tries to inspire feelings of nature. I am personally fascinated by the sounds of the Koto and the Taiko drums and the dreamy sounds of Japanese folk music. In this article I would like to share with you some songs and a dance I introduce to all my preschool classes.
Did you know that music can be beneficial to language learners because it stimulates parts of the brain conductive to learning a foreign language? Music activates both the right and the left side of the brain, so if you remember something to a tune, you are more likely to recall the information than if you just read it or heard it spoken.
As an early childhood music and movement specialist, I like to start each school year by exploring music and dance from the continent of Africa. In Africa, music is deeply integrated into daily activities, it is used to convey news, to teach, to tell stories, for religious purposes and a lot more. Music and dance often overlap and in some languages, the same word is used to represent the two.
Nine years ago I made the long journey from Italy to California to chase what many call the “American Dream.” I left my family behind, my culture, my language and pursued my dream of one day becoming a music...
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