This month’s Music Exploration covers what feels like a broad spectrum of time, given we’ve got Christmas in there as well as the more normal new year. So it’s a real mix of, mostly accidental, music.
This month, we
More nativity songs and Christmas carols.
N had his nativity play back in December. He was a villager and that meant singing in most of the songs, so I was astounded that he sang every single one he was meant to, including adding the actions. Maybe I have a little performer on my hands…until he gets more self conscious and drops out like my brother did once he got too ‘cool’ for it.
Afterwards the Christmas songs continued well into the Christmas holiday, including Christmas carols as well as the nativity songs.
Watched and danced to
Film music. And not just musicals. Well, when can’t you if not at Christmas?
Some of the favourite children’s films have music and songs in which I think is perfect to break them up. And it gives children a chance to get up and dance around. N’s favourite has (unsurprisingly) been Horrid Henry. The OH always says it’s a bad choice of film to let N watch due to being a bad influence with naughty obnoxious children in it. Fair point, but I think it’s quite funny, it’s got some really famous actors in it, and N enjoys the music. Plus the film turns out well in the end with the children fighting for the school.
I caught N one day in front of the tv, singing along and dancing to the party song at the end. It was lovely to watch him following the moves along. Then a few days later he was pretending to be Horrid Henry rocking in the classroom. Yes, anything with rock music is bound to interest N.
Disappointingly, he wasn’t keen on the various concerts that were shown over Christmas and that I recorded for him. He turned his nose up at Bryan Adams, U2 and Michael Buble, although he doesn’t mind listening to them in the car.
ACDC in the car. Yes, I couldn’t get away from it that easily. N’s also requested ACDC on the playlist for the joint birthday party he’s having, so I’ve had to tell him that he doesn’t get to choose it all, plus we need a mix of tracks. Note to self, must find some kids party music to download over the next couple of weeks.
N was sent a ukelele from Musicroom.com as part of a gift wrap video challenge, and has been strumming away. I’m not sure he’ll be focusing on learning notes anytime soon, but I’m happy if he just enjoys having it to play and maybe next year he’ll want to have lessons at school.
Tried to avoid
Frozen. Without success.
N went to a Frozen party the other day. He really detests Frozen, I’m presuming because he’s heard too much of the music when at nursery last year because I don’t think he’s ever watched the film.
But there was no escaping it at the party where there was Elsa and Ana singing (very loudly) and party games to Frozen music. It did make me chuckle, but he was happy enough watching, and chatting and playing with his best friend who was also there.
If you’ve been enjoying and exploring music with your children over the last month, then do link up your posts below. Exploring music can include what you’ve been listening to, performances, shows, dancing, anything relating to music that your children have been involved with.
I’ll be linking up our trip to see The Gruffalo’s Child.