Early Years' Teachers
An innovative way to deliver EYFS objective-led teaching through music, where the planning is already mapped out! Incorporate Musicbuds’ clearly detailed learning aims into your lesson planning and schemes of work.
The Musicbuds’ Packs comprise around 12 original songs. Each pack follows a similar format; from the quiet hello song at the beginning, to the lively movement section in the middle, back down to the calming goodbye section. All the songs have pedagogical integrity and so can be used successfully as part of a whole session or individually, depending on the needs of the children or the topics you are covering. For example, whilst the ‘Alphabet soup’ song works perfectly in the game songs section where children take turns and cooperate, it can equally serve as part of a Phonics lesson teaching the initial sounds of letters. This is a fun way of delivering quality teaching through music!
Packs also include routine songs to greet, tidy up and to transition smoothly from one activity to the next. These songs are essentials to help teachers throughout the day with classroom management and to encourage independence in young learners.
All Musicbuds’ Packs include comprehensive EYFS objective-led lesson plans that are clear and easy to navigate. Presented in a table-format, teachers can quickly target the objectives they need to cover and copy and paste them into their weekly or medium-term plans. Teaching through music is such an enjoyable way to cover the objectives!
The songs have been specifically written with the Prime Areas of learning in mind. Many of the songs also cover the Specific Areas giving children opportunities to learn about the senses; ‘Let’s make a man’ song (Understanding the world) or learning positional language in ‘Pull the circle out’ (Mathematics). All plans include EAL/SEND foci and opportunities for extending learning in the ‘extension’ section. This ensures inclusivity for all types of learners in a variety of settings.
With guidelines on how to manage individual songs or entire sessions – including visual prompts/props and recommended space needed – Early Years’ teachers can confidently lead their classes in succeeding to meet learning objectives in a more creative and physical way; learning through music.
All of the Musicbuds’ Packs include lively vocal tracks to download allowing teachers the time to learn new material, and backing tracks to customise the songs to suit the individual needs of children in their classes. Have fun exploring the Packs!
Early years’ specialists and Instrumental beginners
The Musicbuds’ Packs contain a wealth of musical resources for anyone involved in Early Years’ music teaching or for beginning instrumentalists. The materials fully meet the Early Years’ music teaching goals. What’s more, each song comes with its own set of musical objectives already listed so that the suggested music teaching premise of each item is clearly set out.
The Packs provide pre-prepared, seamless, music sessions for young learners. To describe this musically, the sessions crescendo from the start, climax towards the middle, and diminuendo at the end! As a result, both children and adults find them an enjoyable, structured and engaging way to experience all kinds of music.
Emerging research has found that learning music contributes to developing faster processing in the brain, in a number of areas simultaneously. Musicbuds’ resources have been specifically designed to support this growth. As a result, music teaching using this material provides a holistic approach to Early Learner’s development, for example; in memory processing, auditory capacity, coordination, fine and gross motor skills and socialisation.
For instrumental tuition, these musical resources offer teachers the chance to consolidate their pupils’ understanding of musical concepts using an alternative, contrasting, perspective. Rather than using a complete lesson template, teachers can pick and choose songs to suit their individual music teaching focus.
In the Early Years’ classroom, children need to be provided with opportunities to explore music, through listening, singing, responding in thought and action and by playing instruments, and manipulating sounds, in a variety of ways. For instrumental learners, it is important that their musical perception is developed so that they have a deep understanding of the musical foundations needed to securely build their own musicianship.
Musicbuds’ resources offer:
- A repertoire of easily memorable songs, set within the vocal range of young learners and at tempi that they can comfortably manage
- The opportunity to identify, discriminate and respond to a wide variety of sounds
- The chance to handle and play instruments in a disciplined way that encourages the development both of secure techniques and of ensemble etiquette
- Material that has been stylistically planned to encompass a wide variety of musical genres from different historical periods and from across the world
- Time for the children to improvise and creatively extend the musical material in their own expressive ways
- An increasing confidence in the children’s ability to recognise, describe and respond to the ‘building blocks’ of quality music: pitch, rhythm, tempo, phrasing, pulse, articulation, timbre, style, dynamics, tonality, expression, creativity and structure – to name just a few!
- Resources bursting with musical integrity and expertise!
Music and movement resources for Teaching assistants (TAs) and learning support assistants (LSAs)
For professionals supporting teachers and music specialists, Musicbuds’ resources are the perfect place to start! These music and movement activities can be used flexibly, either as a stand-alone lesson or by selecting individual songs depending upon the needs of the children in your care. As an example, there are game songs, active songs, instrumental activities and calming songs.
Comprehensive, objective-led lesson plans that are clear and easy to navigate are presented in a table-format, so that Teaching and Support Assistants can quickly target the key areas of learning and focus on the objectives they need to cover.
Each music and movement activity individually highlights Early Years’and Music objectives, EAL/SEND foci and opportunities for extending learning in the ‘extension’ section helping TAs and LSAs to ensure inclusivity for all types of learners in a variety of settings.
With guidelines on how to manage individual songs or entire sessions – including visual prompts/props and recommended space needed – TAs and LSAs can confidently lead small groups in succeeding to meet objectives in a school environment.
There are lively vocal and backing tracks to support your music and movement sessions. These allow time to learn new material prior to using the backing tracks which give the opportunity for you to customise the songs to suit the individual needs of children.
Having a few of these songs ‘up your sleeve’ means you’re prepared for any of those unexpected time-filling moments!
EAL Teachers and International Schools
For professionals teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) or an additional language (EAL), or as a second language (ESL), or those teaching English to young learners anwhere, Musicbuds is the place to be! (From now on we will refer to you all as ‘EFL’ teachers!).
The language in each of the songs has been carefully chosen to enhance the oral skills of those in the early stages of their development. Whilst some of the songs rely on repetition and simple rhymes, others provide obvious opportunities to teach or scaffold subject-specific language. Many of the physical songs support a kinaesthetic approach; helping EFL learners to embed new language and phrases as they act them out. Songs like ‘Beanbags, beanbags, beanbags everywhere’ demonstrate this the best where children are required to place the beanbag on a part of their body as they sing it!
All the songs and activities include comprehensive objective-led lesson plans that are clear and easy to navigate. Presented in a table-format, EFL teachers can quickly target the key areas of learning for the children in their care and objectively focus on the language-development they need to support.
Each song individually highlights Early Years’ and Music objectives as well as specific EFL/SEND foci. The ‘extension’ section provides opportunities for extended activities for all children but are often beneficial to children doing small group work with EFL teachers.
With guidelines on how to manage individual songs or entire sessions – including visual prompts/props and recommended space needed – EFL teachers can confidently lead small groups in succeeding to meet objectives in a school environment.
All Musicbuds’ Packs include clear vocal tracks to download allowing EFL children a model to learn from if necessary and at tempos conducive to second-language learning. All of the songs have backing tracks giving EFL teachers the option to customise songs to suit the individual needs of children. For example, in the greetings song ‘Hello, hello, how nice it is to see you!’ there are options to add simple greetings in other languages for a more meaningful and inclusive experience at school for a child learning English.
A wide range of musical genres and styles feature in all of the packs – from the Indian Bhangra sound of the ‘Number Train’ song to the Sowetan Jive of our ‘Galloping, galloping, galloping’ song. The international flavour of all the material ensures an enriching and inclusive learning environment for everyone that joins in with these songs. Dive into the songs and get started!
For anyone supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Musicbuds has a variety of engaging and inclusive resources to offer.
The 6 Musicbuds’ Packs comprise around 12 original songs making up a 30-minute music session that can be used as a stand-alone lesson. Alternatively, you might like to choose from our wide variety of individual songs.
Each song individually highlights Early Years and Music objectives as well as specific SEND foci. The songs reflect the importance of all of the Prime Areas. With schools increasingly referring to physical screening tests to routinely raise awareness of potential neurological disorders and SEND, the ‘movement’ section in each of the packs is of particular interest. Songs like ‘Colours in a rainbow’ that encourage a child to cross the imaginary midline of their body using a set of coloured ribbons helps in developing hand dominance. Equally ‘We’re going walking around’ helps develop bilateral integration – using two hands together with one hand leading – when children are asked to walk/march/stamp around the room.
All Packs include comprehensive objective-led lesson plans that are clear and easy to navigate. Presented in a table-format, SEND teachers can quickly target the key areas of learning for the children in their care and focus on the objectives they need to cover.
With guidelines on how to manage individual songs or entire sessions – including visual prompts/props and recommended space needed – SEND teachers can confidently lead individual children or small groups in succeeding to meet objectives in a school environment.
All Musicbuds’ Packs include clear vocal tracks to download allowing children with an SEND profile a model to learn from if necessary and tempos and genres of music conducive to all types of learners. All of the songs have backing tracks giving SEND teachers the option to ‘customise’ songs to suit the individual needs of children in their care. Musicbuds’ Packs are an essential to any SEND teacher’s practice!
Parents and Carers
For parents and carers looking for preschool and nursery music, look no further! Musicbuds provides innovative, musical ways to engage and stimulate children in your care! With the Early Years’ objectives at the heart of the material, you can be assured that your child will be learning as they sing and play along to the songs.
Each Pack comprises around 12 original songs making up a 30-minute music session that can easily be used for a mid-morning ‘focus’ time with your child. Lively vocal tracks are included to download with every Pack with explicit instructions of how to get the best learning opportunity from each of the songs. Backing tracks are also available allowing parents/carers the option to customise the songs to suit individual needs. For example, adding your child’s name into the ‘Hello’ song or choosing your own ‘veggies’ to put into the cooking pot of the ‘We’re making soup’ song!
The songs follow themes that resonate with preschool and nursery children, and can easily be slipped into a busy day around the house. For example the ‘Kitchen band’ song – where children are encouraged to play a range of pots and pans using spoons (or whatever comes to hand!) – has been enjoyed by many ‘Musicbudders’ families whilst cooking dinner! And equally, ‘Let’s build a house’ – a song that requires you to sing as you place each building block – has been a favourite with all under 5s (and their carers) whether they are using Duplo, foam bricks, egg cartons or stacking polystyrene cups!
You can find all of the recommended ‘props’ around your own homes, from scarves that become the wings of a bird; wooden spoons that are partners to dance with and a large piece of elastic that becomes a boat or a car to travel in! Take a moment to try some of these songs!
Playgroup and Preschool Leaders
Musicbuds’ songs and music are an essential for all playgroups and pre-school settings! With songs and musical material written with the Early Years’ outcomes in mind, playgroup and pre-school leaders have the assurance that children will be learning as they join in with each session.
All of the songs and music are original and focus on the Prime Areas of learning; (Communication & Language; Physical Development; Personal, Social & Emotional Development) vital in the development of any young learner.
You might like the Musicbuds’ Packs, which comprise an entire 30-minute session from start to finish….that is from the ‘quiet’ hello song at the beginning, to the lively ‘movement’ section in the middle, back down to the calming ‘goodbye’ section! Alternatively, you might like to choose individual songs and music activities to use with your children.
The routine of each session is similar in each pack to allow flexibility in your practice. Choose from the wide variety of individual songs to make up sessions to suit your setting.
In practice, Musicbuds’ sessions often follow an arc-style format to establish a routine and boundaries for young learners; to help adults to manage the session successfully and to add variety in learning and musical opportunities. These include:
- greeting songs
- game songs
- circle songs
- pedagogical songs
- physical songs (including gross & fine motor skills)
- instrumental / sound-maker songs
- narrative songs
- goodbye songs
Build your own songbook full of accessible, inclusive musical activities!