Lockdown Songs and more

I’ve been putting my mind to next week and my Summer Sessions and part of this has involved reviewing my 50 videos over the last few months.

I’ve just put together a grid of the songs and rhymes used so far, which will hopefully make it easier for you to find your favourites.

Song/RhymeLockdown BlogLockdown Blog
A Little Frog In A Pond Am I 2544
Alice The Camel3744
Andy Pandy1445
Apple Tree2046
Caterpillar On The Ground23
Clap Clap Clap Your Hands443
Clap Clap Hands1547
Clip Clop648
Diddly Diddly Dee3344
Dinosaur2849
Down The Road26
Everybody Sing With Me 39
Feet feet Feet Feet3049
Fingers Like To Wiggle35
Four Red Apples2
Hi Lo Chickalo3850
I Have A Little Pony18
I Have One Friend2247
Jack In The Box1145
Jump Jump Jump Jim Joe2150
Jumpy Jumpy4146
Lady Lady2450
Lullaby My Baby16
Oliver Twist1743
Peeketty Peeketty Peeketty Boo342
Rain Is Falling Down3145
Rig-A-jig-Jig3648
Roly Poly Roly Poly Up Up Up 747
Roly Poly Up Up Up1950
Sally Go Round The Sun40
See The Ponies Galloping848
Sleep Baby Sleep29
Teddy Bear Teddy Bear2746
There’s A Spider On My Toe547
Touch Your Shoulders143
Goodbye EveryoneAllAll
Let’s Be Quiet32
Little Baby Fast Asleep1242
Little Mice Go Creeping13
Walking In The Rain 949
Welcome EverybodyAllAll
Where Is Georgie?1042
Where Oh Where Are All the Babies?3442

Lockdown Blogs 1 – 41 all included one song plus the Welcome and Goodbye songs and last for about 5 minutes. Blogs 42 – 50 were themed blogs, including 5 or 6 songs and rhymes and are up to 14 minutes in length. Hope the list proves useful and encourages you and your little musicians to revisit the blogs.

I’ll be back on Monday with a new style video, including numerous songs and rhymes involving different types of participation.

Take care. See you next week. Goodbye from me and the gang!

Jimmy, Freddie, Janey & Max

Lockdown Day 50 – Action Songs (Part 3)

Hello!

Well, who’d have thought I’d record 50 videos during lockdown? I certainly didn’t.

Today’s video includes some of my favourite action songs. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

When I posted my first Lockdown Songs video on 16th April, I had no idea how long we’d be locked down or how long I would want to keep recording. It’s been a pleasure and kept me focused on what I love doing: sharing my passion for music with little ones and help provide a solid start in their music education whilst they just think they’re playing games. I’d like to say a big thank you to all the families who’ve visited this site over the last ten weeks, whether you’ve stuck with me since the start, dipped in and out or only just discovered me. I’ve been amazed at the locations around the globe from which I’ve had visitors. In addition to the United Kingdom, visitors have come from twenty-six other nations: Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Hungary, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and United States.

This isn’t the end though! The fifty videos will remain available on this website for you to revisit whenever you like. I’m going to take a break for a couple of weeks and then I intend returning once a week or so with pre-recorded videos, more along the lines of my usual lessons. Our internet is pretty atrocious here, hence me opting for pre-recorded rather than live sessions. Keep an eye on this site, Facebook, Instagram (maxwellminimusic) and Twitter (@maxwell_mini) to know when new material is going to be available.

In the meantime, please let me know what has worked for you, what you’d like to see more of and please, please, please share any photos or videos of your little musicians enjoying the sessions.

Until next time, from me and my ‘friends’, keep safe and keep singing.

Max, Jimmy & Freddie

Lockdown Day 49 – Movement Songs

Hello!

Today’s songs and rhymes focus on moving around the room in different ways: walking, marching, creeping, stomping and jumping. If you’ve got tiny babies, move around the room with them in your arms so they can experience the steady beat (pulse).

Tomorrow will be my 50th Lockdown video and then I’m going to take a little break. More details about that and this series of videos tomorrow! As always, I’ll also post on Facebook, Instagram (maxwellminimusic) and Twitter (@maxwell_mini) once the new video is available on the website.

Hope you enjoy today’s video. Until tomorrow, have fun and keep singing.

Jimmy & Max

Lockdown Day 48 – Changing Tempo Songs

I hope you are ready for some more music making.

Today the focus is on songs containing changes in tempo (speed). I’m moving around during the video, but if you have little ones you could move around with them in your arms. These songs also work well as bouncing songs. It’s quite an energetic video by my standards, so you may be glad of the opportunity to sit down if the words ‘Again! Again!’ are mentioned.

Day 48 – Welcome, Changing Tempo Songs and Goodbye Everyone

As I’d hoped, yesterday’s video was popular and there were some chuckles, as evidenced with this little man. Such a sweetie!

Tickle song chuckles!

If you’ve got any recent videos or photos showing your little ones engaging with my videos I’d be delighted to see them. The next themed video will be posted tomorrow and I’ll also post on Instagram (maxwellminimusic) and Twitter (@maxwell_mini) once the new video is on the website.

Jimmy, Max, Freddie and I look forward to more music making with you over the next couple of days.

Take care and keep singing.

Lockdown Day 47 – Fingerplay Songs

Hello!

I hope you had a lovely weekend and are ready for some more music making.

Today the focus is on fingerplay and hand action songs which are a great way to work on the fine motor skills. This video is the longest one yet and great for all ages: the older children will enjoy doing the actions themselves and the babies will love you helping them with the actions. The penultimate songs includes tickles so I’m hoping there will be some chuckles at your end.

Day 46 – Welcome, Fingerplay Songs and Goodbye Everyone

I hope you enjoy today’s video. I’d love to hear how your little ones are enjoying the longer, thematic videos. Any recent photos would also be wonderful as they brighten up my days. The next themed video will be posted tomorrow and I’ll also post on Instagram (maxwellminimusic) and Twitter (@maxwell_mini) once the new video is on the website.

Jimmy, Max, Freddie and I look forward to more music making over the next few days.

Take care and keep singing.

Jimmy

Lockdown Day 46 – Action Songs (Part 2)

Hello!

I hope you and your loved ones are keeping fit and healthy.

Today the slightly longer videos continue with another focus on action songs. This video is great for all ages: the older children will enjoy doing the actions themselves and the babies will love you helping them with the actions.

Day 46 – Welcome, Action Songs and Goodbye Everyone

I will be posting the next video on Monday. In the meantime, please revisit the previous videos. At this early age, children derive the greatest pleasure and musical benefit when they revisit familiar songs. If you’re curious about who I am and the philosophy behind my teaching, please check out my ‘Meet Janey’ and ‘About Kodály’ pages.

I received a lovely comment yesterday: ‘We are loving the videos so much this week. Thank you.’ Please keep your videos, photos and comments coming as they brighten up my days.

Keep safe and have a good weekend.

Jimmy, Freddie and Max

Lockdown Day 45 – Pitch Songs

Hello!

I hope you and your loved ones are fit and healthy and enjoying the sunshine.

Today the slightly longer videos continue with a focus on songs showing pitch with our bodies. This video is great for all ages: older children can join in the actions, whilst the younger ones could be lifted if the grown ups fancy a workout!

Day 45 – Welcome, Pitch Songs and Goodbye Everyone

I hope you enjoy today’s video. I’d love to hear how your little ones are enjoying the longer video with a specific theme. Any recent photos would also be wonderful as they brighten up my days. The next themed video will be posted tomorrow and I’ll also post on Instagram (maxwellminimusic) and Twitter (@maxwell_mini) once the new video is on the website.

Jimmy, Max, Freddie and I look forward to more music making tomorrow.

Take care and keep singing.

Max, Freddie and Jimmy

Lockdown Day 44 – Bouncing Songs

Hello!

I hope you and your loved ones are keeping fit and healthy.

Today the slightly longer videos continue with a focus on bouncing songs. This video is great for all ages so, find a child or a cuddly toy and prepare for a Mummy or Daddy workout!

Day 44 – Welcome, Bouncing Songs and Goodbye Everyone

I hope you enjoy today’s video. I’d love to hear how your little ones are engaging these longer, themed videos. The next video will be posted tomorrow and as always, I’ll also post on Instagram (maxwellminimusic) and Twitter (@maxwell_mini) once the new video is on the website.

Jimmy, Max, Freddie and I hope you’ll join us tomorrow for more music making.

Take care and keep singing.

Jimmy & Max

Lockdown Day 43 – Action Songs (Part 1)

Hello!

I hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe and healthy.

Today we continue with the slightly longer videos, with a focus on action songs. This video is great for all ages: the older children will enjoy doing the actions themselves once they’re familiar with the songs and the babies will love you helping them with the actions.

Day 43 – Welcome, Action Songs and Goodbye Everyone

I hope you enjoy today’s video. Any recent photos would be wonderful as they brighten up my days. I’d also love to hear how your little ones react to the longer video with a specific theme. The next themed video will be posted tomorrow and I’ll also post on Instagram (maxwellminimusic) and Twitter (@maxwell_mini) once the new video is on the website.

Jimmy, Max, Freddie and I hope you’ll join us tomorrow for more music making.

Take care and keep singing.

Max, Freddie & Jimmy

Lockdown Day 42 – Peekaboo Songs

Hello!

I hope you and your loved ones had a lovely weekend and are keeping safe and healthy.

This week the daily videos will be longer and will have a theme. Today’s video includes four peekaboo songs so you’ll need a scarf or blanket to join in the fun. This video is great for all ages: the little babies will love the element of surprise and the older children will enjoy the anticipation once they get to know the songs. Once the songs are familiar, older children may be keen to take turns in hiding family members or their favourite cuddly toy.

Day 42 – Welcome, Peekaboo Songs and Goodbye Everyone

I hope you enjoy today’s video. I’d love to hear how your little ones react to the longer video with a specific theme. Any recent photos would also be wonderful as they brighten up my days. The next themed video will be posted tomorrow and I’ll also post on Instagram (maxwellminimusic) and Twitter (@maxwell_mini) once the new video is on the website.

Jimmy, Max, Freddie and I look forward to more music making over the next few days.

Take care and keep singing.

Max, Freddie & Jimmy