As part of the NYMAZ Early Years Music Network, we’ve created a Songbook as a new resource for anyone with an interest in music making in early childhood. We have commissioned twelve new original songs, many written by early years practitioners working in the Yorkshire region, aiming to reflect and represent contemporary childhoods as experienced by children today.
The Songbook will be launched on Tuesday 18 July at an event being hosted in conjunction with Harrogate International Festivals. Books will be available for £9 (£5 songbook plus £4 P&P) (or free to full members of the NYMAZ Early Years Music Network). Click here for more info.
Songs for Modern Childhood is available:
- Free of charge to full members of the NYMAZ Early Years Music Network (Membership is £25 per setting and £10 per freelancer. For more information and to sign up, see: http://www.nymaz.org.uk/for-professionals/earlyyears)
- Or for non-members, £5 (plus £4 P&P), direct from NYMAZ, call 01904 543382 or e-mail Charlie@nymaz.org.uk
- Songbooks will be on sale at NYMAZ Early Years Music Network CPD events for £5.
Harrogate International Festivals will also be running a workshop to explore singing the new songs. This will be on Tuesday 18 July from 1-2pm at Wesley Chapel in central Harrogate. Hannah Dilworth and Kathryn Sturman will be leading this session which is open to all. Hannah works with HIF as leader of their Musical Mums initiative, and Kathryn has extensive experience in leading Early Years singing having worked with Opera North.
We are in the process of producing live recordings of these songs, with an initial and very successful visit to the NYMAZ Music for Two project at Catterick Garrison – a project that supports transient military families who have babies or toddlers. Further recording sessions will take place over the coming weeks to form a CD that accompanies the Songbook.
As well as the beautiful voices of children and parents from various Early Years settings in North Yorkshire, chord symbols and piano accompaniment are also included, in some places, for those who wish to play along. Our songwriters have provided suggestions for how to engage children in the songs, such as accompanying actions and musical interpretations.
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