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It’s Raining & More Mi Sol La Songs

The #! Musical Instrument for Young Children

Teach Your Kids to Sing in Tune

Boomwhacker Lightsaber Duels and the Star Wars Theme Music Lesson

Be Kind: Songs About Character Education

Sweet Beets Rhythm Lesson

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

“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 (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

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

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

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

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 and heartfelt thank you to all of you moms out...

Teaching Children Music Giveaway and Review

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

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

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 collected some of the best videos, studies and research around the topic so that you...

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

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

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.

Boomwhacker Contraptions You’ll Love (Part I)

Contraption 1: The Boomwhacker String Let me start by saying that this is the most wow-worthy Boomwhacker lesson plan and contraption I've ever come up with. I don't say that lightly - literally every age class and student absolutely LOVES this activity. Parents and...

The #1 Musical Instrument for Young Children

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.

Top 10 Music Apps for Young Kids

Top 10 Music Apps for Young Kids

The explosion of tablet hardware and software over the last decade has changed a lot about how I teach music. On my iPad, for instance, is more sheet music than I could carry in a 30+ lb backpack, more instruments (albeit digital) than an average high school band, and...

Free App: Watch Our Show

Free App: Watch Our Show

Download Our Podcast's App... FREE! The FREE App for our Podcast has arrived! Our app makes it easy for you and your child to stay up to date with Preschool Prodigies Podcast episodes! We would GREATLY APPRECIATE if you could leave us a 5 Star Rating and a review in...

Preschool Popstars – I Didn’t Mean to Burp

In the words of John Oliver, "How is this still a thing?" As a creator of children's music and media, I am generally supportive about other children's media on the internet. As a small business owner, I also try to avoid picking battles that are better left unfought....

Piano Maestro App Review

Piano Maestro App Review

Piano maestro is a piano education app designed for children. It works very much like rock band, guitar hero, or guitar bots, in the sense that you are reading on-screen notation and playing along in real time while the game listens and assesses your performance. The...

Top 5 Instruments for the Young Child

Top 5 Instruments for the Young Child

As a musician, a classroom teacher and a music teacher, I often have parents ask me what instruments to buy for their children. For years I recommended whatever one their child seemed most intrigued by as a means of fostering their love of music. Though it's obviously...

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