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Q: What is the difference between hearing and listening?

A: Hearing is passive, whilst listening is active.

 

Listening is a hugely rewarding experience. It can provide opportunities for reflection, motivation as well as calming down. Most importantly listening skills are an effective part of communication. 

We will be setting up a regular listening activity, this can be done once a day over breakfast or even whilst you're preparing dinner.

A good place to start is to ask yourself, what is your favourite piece of music and why? What music does your child like and why?

Does it remind them of someone special, or does that piece of music make them want to dance? Perhaps it helps them feel calm or safe. 

These questions can be used to stimulate active listening. These can also be used to appraise any music you choose to listen to.

All of these songs and music can be found on the YT kids app. Enjoy listening, talking and sharing your thoughts about music with your child.

All of these songs and music can be found on the YT kids app. Enjoy listening, talking and sharing your thoughts about music with your child.  1 All this music can be found in the YT kids app.
All of these songs and music can be found on the YT kids app. Enjoy listening, talking and sharing your thoughts about music with your child.  2 Perfect background melodies while working hard.
All of these songs and music can be found on the YT kids app. Enjoy listening, talking and sharing your thoughts about music with your child.  3 Any of the Silly Symphonies are fun to listen to.
All of these songs and music can be found on the YT kids app. Enjoy listening, talking and sharing your thoughts about music with your child.  4 2CELLOS - Vivaldi Storm
All of these songs and music can be found on the YT kids app. Enjoy listening, talking and sharing your thoughts about music with your child.  5 CELLOOPa - Original tune with 8 cellos
All of these songs and music can be found on the YT kids app. Enjoy listening, talking and sharing your thoughts about music with your child.  6 Legend of Zelda - main theme on the Marimba
All of these songs and music can be found on the YT kids app. Enjoy listening, talking and sharing your thoughts about music with your child.  7 Rascal Flatts - Life is a highway
All of these songs and music can be found on the YT kids app. Enjoy listening, talking and sharing your thoughts about music with your child.  8 Secret life of pets - It’s gonna be a lovely day
All of these songs and music can be found on the YT kids app. Enjoy listening, talking and sharing your thoughts about music with your child.  9 Justin Timberlake - Can’t stop the feeling
All of these songs and music can be found on the YT kids app. Enjoy listening, talking and sharing your thoughts about music with your child.  10 Billie Eilish - Bad Guy played on glasses
All of these songs and music can be found on the YT kids app. Enjoy listening, talking and sharing your thoughts about music with your child.  11 The Beatles - Yellow Submarine
All of these songs and music can be found on the YT kids app. Enjoy listening, talking and sharing your thoughts about music with your child.  12 Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake Theme

Read the clues and guess the instrument they are describing.

What do you know about instruments and their sounds?

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In this video there are two key parts. The first is where your child will see and hear the instrument. Pause the video so they can guess the name of each instrument. In the second part I will hide two instruments BUT only play one, can your child identify the instrument just by hearing it?

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