This delightful children's folk song asks the Birdie a question: "Where is your nest?" As we wait to find out, we see the Birdie fly over hills and towns to his home in a hollow tree. Hiding in the pictures for children to discover are some birds flying high and low to match the melody, while the music notation is there for the singing. As they enjoy listening to the song, children can begin to make a connection between the sounds they hear and the symbols on the page.
Rattling along the railway trackers, this traditional children's song captures the feel of a rollicking train ride. We wait on the platform until we hear the whistle blow and we're off on a wonderful ride. Children can see the song in musical notation and the puffs of steam show the melody too. By seeing the music they are hearing, children can set off along the track of reading music for themselves.
This beautiful Russian song paints a picture of the birch forest as a girl dances and dreams of the music. What can the brand of a tree become? A flute? A balailaika? The wind blows the leaves into the pattern of the melody that is showin in the music notation below. Through hearing the song and seeing it in written form, children naturally develop their own msuci literary skills.
Three hopeful fisherman wait in their "cobble" for the wind to fill their sails and take them home. But the Weather Witch says "Nay!" and won't let the wind blow at all. As the sailors wait, the waves reflect the musical sounds shown in music notation on each page. Age: 4-6 Purpose: discover melodic contour: pattern of sounds- discover connection between sounds and visual representation- develop in tune singing voice- solo singing opportunity - practise beat passing practice inner hearing.