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Making Young Musicians - book launch
26th May 2009
Music with preschoolers can be scary if singing’s not your forte, but a new book aims to encourage educators and parents to “give it a go”. 

Playcentre Federation media officer and Wellington Association life member Maureen Woodhams has written ‘Making Music Together’ her second book on an ‘area of play’. The first, ‘Inspired to Build’, published in 2008, is about using the multi-unit wooden block set that has been standard equipment in Playcentres, Kindergartens and other early childhood services for over 60 years.

Making Music Together will be launched at the national Playcentre Conference in Hamilton at Queen’s Birthday weekend. It will also be on sale at this year’s Early Childhood Council conference in Rotorua that same weekend.
Mrs Woodhams, who has a degree in mathematics and “most of a degree in music”, says her books are written for parents and educators who want to be involved and have a go. “The ‘area of play’ books are designed to be a 'workshop in a book' - that is, you can read them in an evening and get plenty of practical information and ideas that you can put into place the next day…Making Music Together starts from the point of view that you don't have to be a trained music teacher to provide good music activities that children will learn from.”
“I've found that many people don't think they are musical… that if they can't sing well then they think they can't really lead a music play session with kids, but there are so many activities that you can share with children which develop their musical understanding,” she says.
Making Music Together outlines: what is needed in setting up a music play area in an early childhood centre; the elements of music; and explains the music curriculum under the headings of listening, moving, singing and playing. Mrs Woodhams says hopefully this will de-mystify some of the language and concepts for people. The book also provides activity ideas to share with children which relate to each of those headings.
While the book focuses on group music opportunities, such as you might find in Playcentres or other ECE services, it also includes chapters on community playgroups and ‘at-home’ music ideas. “Sharing music is one of the best things you can do with a baby - whether it's your own, a grandchild or a friend's, says Mrs Woodhams, so I've also written about sharing music with small babies.”
Making Music Together will be available from early June in Playcentre shops, The Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie, and on order through major bookshops.


Contact for Media:
Jude Pointon, Wellington Playcentre Association, 04 237 6967
Maureen Woodhams, NZ Playcentre Federation Media Officer. 04 934 5244, 027 4041223, media@playcentre.org.nz

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