What some of our parents are saying about the CD
As a Mum I would highly recommend this MFLP CD, it's particularly good for the car. Well thought out and superbly executed the songs are enjoyed by my three children who range from 21m to rising 6 years. An added plus is that for a children's CD it is also pleasing to the adult ear! - Jane
Vanessa and Melody both love your new Music CD and they have been listening to it everyday since we got it. They sing and play along with the songs and both girls do not let me put in any other music. - Christa
I've listened to the CD. The singing sounds young and pure, and I think it's perfect for the style of song on the CD. The CD has a nice, gentle feel to it and sounds like their class - it has a nice intimate feel to it - it's a personal CD rather than a party CD. - Becky
"Silverton", 27 Silver Street
Telephone: +44 (0)1480 812469
Information: Music for Little People Registered Office c/o George Hay Chartered Accountants, St George's House, George Street, Huntingdon, CAMBS PE29 3GH
Company Registration Number: 04801867
A Music For Little People Birthday Party is an ideal way of entertaining your child. A Music For Little People Teacher will come to your home or a location of your choice and provide fully interactive songs and finger plays. We also bring a large box of exciting percussion instruments for the children to "make a band" and other colourful props are used. Traditional party games can also be included and a small "musical" gift is provided for the birthday child. The entertainment can be themed - typical themes are "teddies"; "trains"; "mini-beasts" etc.
"I just wanted to thank you again for making Zoe's birthday party really special. She absolutely loved every minute of your entertainment! The other parents all commented on how good they thought you were."
Music for Preschools and Nurseries
Music For Little People can also provide a wide range of music services to pre-schools.
Teachers can visit your premises for a one off session or can provide weekly classes.
"We have had Karen and Music for Little People in our nursery now for several years. Karen's classes captivate the children with varied songs, beats and rhythm. From the shyest to the most confident child, each lesson develops language and creativity, and each class is eagerly anticipated by the children. When we got our second nursery we introduced MFLP and have seen the same outcomes. I would not hesitate in recommending these classes for nurseries."
Jane, Director of Buckden Day Nursery & Ramsey Day Nursery.
Music For Little People also provides children's entertainment for corporate events and parties. Over the past years these have included Embassy Christmas parties and community parties.
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© 1999 Karen Dickinson
"What is spoiled or omitted at this age cannot be put right later on. In these years man's future is decided practically for his whole lifetime."
- Zoltan Kodály
Music is not a gift or a talent, but a language that can be learned by anyone capable of attention, awareness and memory. Many parents have asked me what is the best age and developmental stage for a small child to begin instrumental lessons. There will always be debate on the best age to begin learning a specific instrument, but carefully planned music classes can introduce the child to the language of music and make a significant contribution to other areas of learning. Other parents have told me that they would love their children to be "musical". I strongly believe that music is a language and as such can be learned. If we do not speak to our children, they will not learn how to talk - if we make music with our children, they will not only learn that it is something which we personally value, but also learn skills that will help them throughout their lives. All children have the capacity to be musical if exposed to musical opportunities.
Playing Big Drum Music classes, in which a group of children meet together with their caregivers, provide many opportunities for personal and social development. Children need to know how to work, play, co-operate with others and function in a group beyond the family. In the classes, children learn to take turns and share while music making. They also learn respect for the musical "toys" (the instruments). Singing and performing simple pieces within the mutually supportive group builds up self-esteem. Music encourages this co-operation with others and builds individual confidence.
The knowledge of a wide range of songs is beneficial to language development as children expand their vocabulary when words are reinforced by simple actions. The pre-school child can listen and respond to stories, songs, nursery rhymes and poems. Music can also be used effectively to build story-making skills: the child might create a story suggested by listening to a piece of music or may create a song that tells a story in direct response to a picture or event. When the beginnings of notation are introduced a child can see that music is also organised in the same way as her reading books, reading from left to right and from top to bottom.
Math skills and the sequence of number are reinforced by number rhymes, songs, stories and counting games. Also, mathematical and musical language is often very similar, (e.g. "crescendo" is when the sound gets "bigger than" and is represented by the same sign; similarly "decrescendo" and "smaller than" share the same symbol and meaning). I have found that children as young as three can easily grasp these concepts. Children also become familiar with divisions of a beat when rhythms are introduced.
Music can also play a significant role in teaching us an understanding of the world in which we live through songs and stories from other cultures. Through exposure to diverse music, children develop an awareness of how others create and participate in music.
Learning to play any instrument, including percussion, with a certain degree of control develops physical and manipulative skills. Finger rhymes and action songs also give plenty of opportunity for refining motor skills and co-ordination. When moving to music in an eurhythmic way, children develop co-ordination and an awareness of space and others.
Music is most often cited as being of importance in the area of creative development. Children can develop the ability to use their imagination, to listen and to observe through art, music, dance, stories and imaginative play. The use of music as a channel for the emotions is one of the most quoted reasons for the importance of music in education.
The pre-school years are a critical period for learning and a strong foundation for later achievement can be laid in these early years. The advantages of carefully planned musical opportunities are both social and musical, enhancing and supporting learning in other subjects and making an important contribution to a child's early education.
Music For Little People is a successful pre-school music teaching programme and is currently recruiting new teachers. If you have a genuine care for children, guaranteed reliability and a proven musical ability this is a business opportunity that will allow you to work flexible hours. Music for Little People was launched in 1996 by Karen Dickinson MA LTCL to provide pre-school children with a fun and educational approach to learning about music. Karen has taught pre-school music classes since 1983 and has an MA in Music Education from London University Institute of Education, where her special study was music provision for the under five age group.
The Music For Little People programme has a structured curriculum that acknowledges that the pre-school years are a critical period for learning and that a strong foundation can be laid in these early years for later achievement. The programme also provides a strong basis for later instrumental classes. The programme makes a significant contribution to the following six areas of learning, which are crucial to the early development of children:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Music encourages co-operation with others and builds up individual confidence, enabling children to work both as part of a group and independently.
- Communication, Language and Literacy: Language development benefits from a wide range of songs and rhymes and listening skills are improved by concentrating on a piece of music.
- Mathematical Development: Many of the songs used reinforce the sequence of numbers up to and down from ten.
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World: Music plays a significant role in teaching us about the world in which we live through songs, music and stories from other cultures.
- Physical Development: Finger rhymes and action songs give plenty of opportunity for refining motor-skills and co-ordination. When moving to music, children show that they can move confidently and imaginatively with increasing control and awareness.
- Creative Development: Through music, art and stories, children show an increased ability to use their imagination, to listen and to observe. The use of music as a channel for the emotions is one of the most important areas of creative development.
As a Music For Little People teacher you will receive training and advice on all aspects of running your classes. This will involve a proven curriculum and methodology, as well as advice and an administration manual dealing with advertising, managing telephone calls and other business skills needed to run your classes. Continuing advice and support will be provided to ensure your business grows successfully. There will be room to apply your own creative flair to your work, yet you will be using a proven and trusted method that works with young children and their parents.
As well as being rewarding financially, Music For Little People teachers experience great satisfaction in their work. The children and their parents appreciate you and the work you do is valued. You will feel great about your involvement in young children's lives and will gain a huge satisfaction from watching them develop musically, socially and cognitively under your guidance.
Music For Little People classes can be a business that provides you with a substantial income, or you may run a few classes; the number of classes you run is up to you and could include weekends and evenings if you wish. You will benefit directly from your own hard work and, as you set your own hours, there is also time for yourself, your family and other commitments.
Music For Little People is obviously looking for special people to join this successful programme. As a Music For Little People teacher you are likely to have the following attributes:
- A proven musical ability.
- A natural and accurate singing voice.
- The ability to reproduce rhythmic patterns accurately.
- Some teaching experience and/or experience working with young children.
- A love of children and the understanding that children need to learn
- through all five senses.
- The ability to relate well to children AND their parents.
- Guaranteed reliability and commitment.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Music For Little People teacher, please contact Karen Dickinson