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Colorful sheet music, videos and free resources for teaching your kids music at home or at school

Summer Giveaway #2: Scholar Bundle

Summer Giveaway #2: Scholar Bundle $250 Value  |  Enter Between Monday July 10th & Friday July 21st  |  Winner Announced July 22nd | Books & Bells Ship August 8th a Rafflecopter giveaway Introducing the Scholar Bundle! For our...

Making the Bells Quieter

Making the Bells Quieter Hey everyone!! Mr. Rob here with a quick tip about how to make my favorite instrument (the deskbells of course) a bit easier on the ears! Keep in mind that I'm not particularly savy with crafts and crafting supplies, and I look forward to some...

Take a Trip with Boo into the Prodigies Playground

  Take a Trip with Boo into the Prodigies Playground Written by Michael Lining (Boo's Dad) Please note: the following is a parent-submited story about a father teaching his son music. In celebration of this story (and in hopes of providing some value for the...

Free Prodigies Worksheets for #ArtsyThursday

Free Prodigies Worksheets for #ArtsyThursday As a special for #ArtsyThursday, we're sharing a collection of crayon-friendly activities from the Prodigies Playground! The Prodigies Playground is all about teaching young kids the language of music, and the 'coloring'...

Teaching Kids Healthy Eating Habits – Part 2 of 2

Teaching Kids Healthy Eating Habits Part 2 of 2 By Marina la Grange Disclaimer: The medical and/or nutritional information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your...

The #1 Musical Instrument for Young Children

If you’ve ever been toy shopping for an infant, toddler or preschooler, you’re probably familiar with the music toy section.

From the simplest baby rattle, to kid-sized acoustic guitars, to light up musical puzzles, and to “oh-my-god-please-get-this-thing-to-shut-up” keyboards, most children end up with some kind of musical instrument or toy at some point in their childhood!

While some of these toys are really interesting in their look, their design, their features or their price (“a guitar for 30 bucks… no way!”) many of them are more toy than they are instrument.

Teaching Kids Healthy Eating Habits – Part 1 of 2

Teaching Kids Healthy Eating Habits Part 1 of 2 By Marina la Grange Disclaimer: The medical and/or nutritional information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your...

Raising a Young Musician eBook (v.2.0)

Raising a Young Musician eBook Have a young music lover in the family? Wondering how to take your child's musical play to the next level? Raising a Young Musician will show you...   • The #1 Ingredient for giving children a strong sense for pitch and...

PsP Bells: Instrument App for iOS

This past November, Preschool Prodigies ran a Kickstarter campaign that helped fund our own branded set of bells AND a brand new bell app! This is the very first app we've designed from the ground up, and it's an effective, affordable and shipping-free solution to...

“What Note Is It?” – New Video Series Preview

Preschool Prodigies is all about engaging young children in meaningful and memorable play with individual musical notes! We're not just listening to different instruments or memorizing composers and styles. We're actually learning the sounds of music and honing our...

Carnatic Music Lessons (singing from South India)

Carnatic Music Lessons from Sanskriti Series and OECCreative Carnatic Music Lessons Music from South India is called Carnatic music, and it uses the syllables Sa Ri Ga Ma Pa Da Ni Sa. This isn’t simply another way to talk about Do Re Mi, it’s a different scale, or set...

Be Kind

Be Kind: Music and Videos for Facilitating Conversations About Character   Anyone living here in the U.S. (and on the greater planet Earth) is well aware that this year has been a crazy one. From basic human rights problems around the world, to intensely negative...

Introducing Playground Lesson Plans

Introducing Playground Lesson Plans   1.1 - Hello C  Week 1: Hello C Lesson Plan 1.1 Workbook Pages Letter to Parents: Week 1 - Hello C Over the next few days, we're going uploading brand new lesson plans for expanding on each video lesson inside the PsP...

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring & More Mi Sol La Songs

Download the Sheet Music for It's Raining, It's Pouring - Free Download The Universal Nature of Mi Sol La Imagine two kids (Kid A and Kid B) in a playground eating ice cream together. Also, imagine that Kid A is kind of a jerk. Now, imagine that Kid B drops his ice...

At What Age Should I Start My Child’s Music Education

In this no-frills blog post, we’re going to dive in on the specifics of starting your child’s music education based on how old your child is.
Whether you’re a 7 year old just getting into the piano, or a 7 month old just getting your mouth on a piano, different ages call for different approaches to meet kids where their interests and strengths are.
As a parent, you might be thinking “when should I start my child’s music education?”
Well the answer, for the most part, is now! Carpe the diem! Seize the carp!

Happy Mother’s Day Sing-a-long for Preschool!

Happy Mother's Day Sing-a-long for Preschool! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPIchbmREfw Happy Mother's Day everyone! This little call and response episode was a big hit at "Mother's Day Tea" this week and hopefully your kids or classes will enjoy it as well. A big...

Teaching Children Music Giveaway and Review

Use this Fancy Widget To Enter The Giveaway! Win a Membership to Teaching-Children-Music.com in this weeks giveaway! Teaching-Children-Music.com is full of printable music curriculum, activities and stories! In the post below, you can check out some of the awesome...

Sweet Beets

Welcome to Sweet Beets! Sweet Beet is a fruit and vegetable song that's all about playing rhythm! Originally, I wrote Sweet Beets for the Nature Jams album, Food For Thought, to teach kids about both music and the delicious root vegetable, beets! Since then, Sweet...

The Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument

The Cognitive, Emotional and Socials Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument There is a plethora of research, articles and videos that explain all the different ways that listening to music and playing a musical instrument affect the brain. Here, I've simply...

The Ups, Downs, Ins and Outs of Color-Coded Music

It's no mystery that everything here at Preschool Prodigies is color-coded! Very often though, I talk to parents and music teachers who ask "Is color-coded music making it too easy for my child?" Today we're pulling back the curtain on color-coded notation, so you can...

Teaching Your Kids to Sing In Tune

From the most classic of playground chants to the songs from the latest Disney movie, kids love to sing.
They make up songs as they go in an uninhibited way that most adult songwriters envy. They learn many of their first words through song and music helps them transition from activity to activity.
But for all their love of singing, it’s pretty rare to find a kid who naturally sings in tune.