Music Exploration 20 – the likes and loathing of film music

dancing to Horrid Henry

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 Sang 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… Continue Reading “Music Exploration 20 – the likes and loathing of film music”

Music Exploration 19 – Christmas carols and french songs

10 minute make a no sew nativity costume

We’ve not focused on music much this month.  Although with Christmas coming, music has been high on the agenda by default. This month we’ve Sung Nativity songs N had his nativity play which was ‘There’s a miracle in town’.  He was a villager, but that meant singing virtually all the songs along with the actions.  He loves to sing and I’ve been able to hear him practising around the house.  I don’t recognise any of the songs, apart from Heads,… Continue Reading “Music Exploration 19 – Christmas carols and french songs”

Take one cardboard tube and teach vibration

N is obsessed with boxes as you may have seen from various photos on this blog over time.   But he’s got quite partial to junk modelling as well.  I don’t get many drawings home from school, but I get a lot of junk models….mostly just boxes stuck on top of each other. But the other week we had a more interesting play session making the most of some cardboard tubes we had.  It turned into a session on science and… Continue Reading “Take one cardboard tube and teach vibration”

Music Exploration month 18 – drumming

double bass at rest at the Paddington's First concert

We’ve been a bit rubbish recently listening to music.  After the Paddington Concert last month, N’s still just been obsessed with rock music, although there’s been some other music floating round. Here’s what we’ve been doing musically this month. Listened to World music.  Unintentionally though.  With a bit of Strictly Come Dancing providing samba and other latin music on occasion, N does seem to turn from what he’s doing to listen and watch anything that sounds out of context.  As… Continue Reading “Music Exploration month 18 – drumming”

Paddington’s First Concert with City of London Sinfonia

double bass at rest at the Paddington's First concert

I love to go to the theatre and concerts but haven’t been to many since having N.  I’ve been aiming to get him to appreciate and enjoy music (other than AC DC which still seems to be his first love, now extending to the Foo Fighters), and when I was looking for Christmas events I spotted the Paddington Concert that was at Warwick Arts Centre, brought to Warwick by the City of London Sinfonia. I always forget about Warwick Arts… Continue Reading “Paddington’s First Concert with City of London Sinfonia”

A Cushion Concert introduction to the trombone

Cushion Concerts in Oxford - Introduction to music for kids Bubbablueandme

I’ve been meaning to take N back to another Cushion Concert for ages but it’s never happened.  But the I was determined to get there a second time. The Cushion Concerts are held in Oxford at the Jacqueline  Du Pre building on Sundays once a month, each one focuses on a different instrument.  Some well known, others are more obscure.  And they have sessions for under and over fives. The latest one was the trombone.  I thought that would be… Continue Reading “A Cushion Concert introduction to the trombone”

Music Exploration 17 – golden oldies

grooving on a sunny afternoon outside

It feels like ages since I’ve done a Music Exploration post.  Or in fact, anything about music, but looking back at my notes, we’ve been listening to quite a lot.  Informally as usual, but I’m loving that N is starting to ask more about the music we’re listening to. This month we’ve been: Discovering old music loves Most of my 350 (yep, 350!) CDs are in the loft, but I was getting a bit sick of the few that N… Continue Reading “Music Exploration 17 – golden oldies”

Music Exploration 16: Festivals at home

chilling out listening to music at nursery

This month’s been a quiet one for music. Our plan to go to Cornbury didn’t happen because N had his non-birthday party the same weekend, so we’ve been limited to talking and listening to music on the radio and tv. Listening to: ACDC on the radio.  It’s not often Radio 2 plays hard rock on the radio, but one day ACDC came on the radio on the nursery run.  N was so pleased, he was singing along. We’ve also heard… Continue Reading “Music Exploration 16: Festivals at home”

Music Exploration 15 – last night of the proms

musical exploration badge

Damn that headache after a work conference in a boiling hot room yesterday.  Hence this Music Exploration post is a day late…maybe I should just change my day to the 16th each month?! Anyway, there’s been a lot of music going on this month.  Most of it is by accident rather than specific intention, but there’s definitely signs that N is enjoying different types of music and choosing music off his own back.  This is really what I was aiming… Continue Reading “Music Exploration 15 – last night of the proms”