Building Successful Literacy Skills In The Early Years Through Music

Literacy skills are fundamental to higher level skills like planning, critical thinking, problem solving and socio-emotional development. It all begins with fine motor skills like holding a pencil effectively, listening to stories and being able to retell them while anticipating events and consequences, recognising sounds and word shapes, and finally, forming letters and/or words that …

Storytelling in Music: Using Royalty and Magic Part 4

We finish up our Royalty and Magic storytelling in music series this month by introducing the last of characters in the Magical Musical Kingdom, and their related rhythms. The follow-up activities are suggestions of ways that help to reinforce these introductory concepts of music, helping to establish this natural activity in the most natural way! …

Storytelling in Music: Using Royalty and Magic Part 3

We follow up our Royalty and Magic storytelling in music series this month by introducing the next set of characters in the Magical Musical Kingdom and their related rhythms. As children become used to musical ideas, they begin to see similar patterns and relationships in everyday life as well! And as always, all songs are …

Storytelling in Music: Using Royalty and Magic Part 2

We follow up our Royalty and Magic storytelling in music series this month by introducing the first few characters in the Magical Musical Kingdom, and their related rhythms (the King featured in the last article!). As adults, characters in stories represent concepts, but as children, these are “people” with personalities to whom they can relate, …