Welcome Students, Teachers, Educators and Parents!
My name is Victoria Jane Leith, (B.Ed Hons with Language Arts and QTS) and I have been a performing arts practitioner for 26 years. I've had the pleasure of working in schools and communties in Africa, China, America and the UK, leading exciting, challenging and innovative music workshops.
I'd like to welcome you to your lovely LittleSong Music-Makers hub, where you can find an ever-growing bank of free songs and virtual teacher sessions (bring 'virtual Ms Vicky' into your home or classroom and let me be part of your teaching team!) You can also make the most of my online courses (the first one, FUNkulele 5-7 - A Beginners' Ukulele, Rhythm and Singing Course is ready to rock right now!) which you will find to be great value and at a minimum cost!
This is for YOU, so you get to pick and choose what will suit your needs best.
You will find a lot of my resources are free as I understand the need in schools for fabulous, well-crafted content that is going to engage and inspire the children on our planet.
Students, teachers, parents and educators will have free and instant access to all of my Virtues Resources which are coming soon, along with PowerPoints, Lesson Plans and Activity Ideas!) as well as topic and themed songs. Let me 'visit your classroom' and help me to help you! I can teach your classes our songs via the power of the internet and your smartboard and then you faciliate the lesson!
Music helps with confidence, self-esteem, self-motivation, mindfulness, thought-processing, attention, language development and more and so much research is coming out now about how it helps to develop the brain and connects to how we approach other subjects and life in general.
In short, I would say that music is VITAL for a child's development and the impact it can have,not just on them but on their whole family and community, can be life-changing. It is food for the mind, body and soul! It's a uniting force and there is nothing quite like it when you have 1, 100, 600 or thousands of children all singing the same song about being brave, or making friends or having respect for each other. It is AMAZING!
A Little About Me!
I was born in England in 1974 and from an early age played a variety of instruments: piano, percussion, guitar, vocals, recorder, penny whistle and more recently, ukulele.
As a young child, instruments and music were always accessible in our family home. My parents had an eclectic taste, from classical and pop to rock and folk. I loved it all. We'd spend hours listening to music and my father would play guitar, penny whistle and the Irish drum (bodrhan). I learned by listening and then exploring.
It is through this exploration that children will be enabled to engage and become keen learners of their own volition. When I speak to parents of my students, they often ask me, 'How can I make my child better at music?'
My answer is always... let them listen to music - lots of it! From the earliest age possible. Let them explore their instruments. Encourage practice but allow fun - lots of it! Allow them to see how music connects to their emotions. Know that it takes time. Know that when a child starts to compose, it is a part of them in music-form - so celebrate and encourage even more!
I am now a composer and singer/songwriter and continue to listen to a broad range of music from different cultures, countries and genres. Throughout my journey so far, teaching music around the world, I have learned what a powerful tool music is. It unites whole communities and families. It helps a person to understand and connect with emotion. It tells a story and it unleashes creativity.
I really appreciate you coming to visit LittleSong and I hope you and. your students/children will enjoy being part of the musical journey.
Photography on the LittleSong site.
I love to support UnSplash, which is a global community of photographers who share their beautiful images for free! If you like the credited images on LittleSong and want to use them in your school or community, please do visit their site or click on the photographers' credit to find out more! I LOVE the idea of sharing an abundance of free and wherever possible low cost resources so a big thank you and shout-out to all creative professionals helping each along in this way. Such a wonderful spirit of learning and sharing, which are virtues we want our children to learn too!
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