As a practicing primary teacher I’m always on the lookout for great songs that inspire children and enhance their learning. There is nothing better than seeing children’s faces light up with enjoyment and personalities coming to life with the right song while, at the same time, knowing that learning in other curriculum areas is taking place.
Until fairly recently, finding suitable songs meant a visit to the local music shop (or 20 mile round trip in my case!) and browsing through various compilations, collections and musicals, or trawling through publisher’s weighty catalogues. Sometimes I would strike it lucky but most often than not I would end up buying a book of songs and only using two or perhaps three songs.
Throughout my teaching career I have always written my own songs (I twice reached the finals of the HTV Carol Competition having just started teaching) and since then, many colleagues have told me over the years that I should get them published. However, with the demands of teaching I just didn’t get round to it.
With new technology together with the internet I really saw the potential for my songs to reach a wider audience and after collaborating with a colleague a few years ago to create ten successful songs in the Welsh language for primary teachers in Flintshire, Wrexham and Denbighshire, I was inspired to explore this new exciting direction. I had an enormous amount of fun composing new songs, re-energising some older ones and creating backing tracks as well as converting them into digital format using mp3s, PDFs and PPTs etc.; so that they could be instantly made available via download. And that is the essence of my website; fun songs that children really enjoy singing that support important areas of learning and are instantly accessible, with everything a teacher needs to give a great performance!
You don’t even need to be a music or vocal specialist as all songs come with audio tracks of the piano accompaniment if you don’t have a pianist, and more songs now have audio tracks with vocals to either sing-along to or to help you really get to know them before you teach them.
So as my first blog post comes to an end I look forward to providing you with an ever-growing selection of great songs written especially for primary aged children. Please let me know your thoughts about them and although I have lots of ideas buzzing around in my head, I always appreciate any suggestions for new material.