LittleSonghttp://littlesong.meThis is an example RSS feeden-us© Copyright 2017 littlesong.meLove for LittleSong<p>Loving Littlesong over here - our children aged 1 and 3 and are enjoying each and everyone of them!! Beautiful voices and crystal clear recordings - well done!<br /> <strong>Thushara Latha Sodeyfi</strong></p> http://littlesong.me/about-littlesong/testimonials/love-for-little-song-1445816159Mon, 26 Oct 2015 00:35:59 +0100Flowers are the Beauty of the World<p><strong>Flowers are the Beauty of the World </strong>written <em><strong>by my junior youth group</strong></em></p> <p>I ran a week-long song-writing course with a group of junior youth (9-13 year olds)&nbsp;and this was the result of a gently guided collaboration! The group of boys who wrote this had most of the ideas so I hope they are happy it has become a free resource on LittleSong! I have sung this to children for the past ten years to children of all ages and they all love it! (I wonder if the boys are still writing songs!)</p> http://littlesong.me/music-resources/free-music-resources-for-children/free-nature/flowers-are-the-beauty-of-the-world-1445775863Sun, 25 Oct 2015 13:24:23 +0100Hold Open Your Hand<p><strong>Hold Open Your Hand</strong> by <em><strong>Victoria Leith</strong></em></p> <p>This is a gentle&nbsp;song about being sacred and precious with nature and finally... our hearts! This would be a lovely song to sing to your baby or toddler at bedtime, tracing your&nbsp;finger on their hand as they drift off to sleep.</p> http://littlesong.me/music-resources/virtues-songs-and-soundscapes/love/hold-open-your-hand-1445775784Sun, 25 Oct 2015 13:23:04 +0100Knock on the Door<p><strong>Knock on the Door </strong>by <em><strong>Victoria Leith</strong></em></p> <p>A song about coming round for a playdate comingled with colours and doors!&nbsp;</p> http://littlesong.me/music-resources/action-songs/around-the-house/knock-on-the-door-1445775657Sun, 25 Oct 2015 13:20:57 +0100Leaves Fall Gently<p><strong>Leaves Fall Gently</strong> by <strong><em>Victoria Leith</em></strong></p> <p>Set to a familiar tune for most, this song is simply about the leaves falling in autumn/fall! I sing it twice, so that the children can hear the comparison of the harmonies the second time round.&nbsp;</p> http://littlesong.me/music-resources/nature-songs/seasons/leaves-fall-gently-1445775555Sun, 25 Oct 2015 13:19:15 +0100Shake That Shaker<p><strong>Shake that Shaker!</strong> by <em><strong>Victoria Leith</strong></em></p> <p>Get ready to move and groove with your shakers! I wrote this for our 1-year old and her little friend and they demand we sing it on repeat by crying &#39;More please!&#39; each time it comes to an end! This is a good movement song and I love that they learn where their elbows are in this song... very important! I tested this song out at our local sing along group to 10 mums and their babies and they all loved it!</p> http://littlesong.me/music-resources/action-songs/playing-music-together/shake-that-shaker-1445775399Sun, 25 Oct 2015 13:16:39 +0100Sing Along With Me<p><strong>Sing Along with Me</strong> by <strong><em>Victoria Leith</em></strong></p> <p>This is all about how the love families have for one another, and living peacefully together. Sometimes children might be facing huge tests and challenges within their families but I still feel this is a beautiful song to sing and aspire to live together harmoniously.&nbsp;</p> http://littlesong.me/music-resources/family/sing-along-with-me-1445775323Sun, 25 Oct 2015 13:15:23 +0100Swing To The Sky<p><strong>Swing to the Sky</strong> by <strong><em>Victoria Leith</em></strong></p> <p>With every action in life with a toddler, there is an opportunity to write or sing a song! We were swinging one day and this came to me. Simple but enjoyable to sing when pushing your little one on a swing!</p> http://littlesong.me/music-resources/action-songs/using-imagination/swing-to-the-sky-1445774973Sun, 25 Oct 2015 13:09:33 +0100Tidy Up The Classroom<p><strong>Tidy Up the Classroom</strong> by <em><strong>Victoria Leith</strong></em></p> <p>I wrote this when I lived in China and had a class of 12 three-year olds. I would sing most of our transistions and this was the cue to start tidying! If you are at home, you can change the words to &#39;tidy up the kitchen/garden... or wherever you are!</p> http://littlesong.me/music-resources/virtues-songs-and-soundscapes/helping-and-being-helpful/tidy-up-the-clasroom-1445774809Sun, 25 Oct 2015 13:06:49 +0100Washing Machine<p><strong>Washing Machine </strong>by <strong><em>Victoria Leith</em></strong></p> <p>This can be a good action song to sing but on another level, the idea behind this is that it is good to be clean and presentable! You can learn and sing this as you load the machine and ask your toddler to pitch in and help!</p> http://littlesong.me/music-resources/action-songs/around-the-house/washing-machine-1445774736Sun, 25 Oct 2015 13:05:36 +0100The Friend Ship<p><strong>The Friend Ship</strong> by <strong>Victoria Leith</strong></p> <p>Whether your child is at school, nursery or at home, they will be forming friendships and will sometimes have challenges and obstacles to overcome. I wrote this song to get children to consider the idea that being a friend is like being on a ship, where we can travel to many different places and through tests and trials but also through calm and peaceful waters. And to become friends? Just jump on the ship and set sail! I have a vision that this song will become the anthem for schools and that it will be sung with joy and happiness by the children in assembly!</p> http://littlesong.me/music-resources/virtues-songs-and-soundscapes/friendship/the-friend-ship-1445774681Sun, 25 Oct 2015 13:04:41 +0100Papillon<p><strong>Papillon</strong> by <em><strong>Vincent Martino</strong></em></p> <p>A beautiful song about a butterfly, colours and numbers!</p> <p><strong>Victoria says: We</strong> are so lucky and blessed to live right next door to Vincent as he speaks and sings French every day to our two children! Now you can hear him every day too with this wonderful song! My 8 year old and I sing this on repeat all day and our little babe likes to fly around the room being a papillon!</p> http://littlesong.me/music-resources/celebrating-diversity-songs-and-soundscapes/french-songs/papillon-1445773531Sun, 25 Oct 2015 12:45:31 +0100Love is in my Heart<p><strong>Love is in my Heart</strong> by <em><strong>Victoria Leith</strong></em></p> <p>A song to teach our children above sharing our love, joy and peace with one another! All these virtues make us feel happy deep down and when we feel good inside, our happiness can be shared in many ways.</p> http://littlesong.me/music-resources/virtues-songs-and-soundscapes/love/love-is-in-my-heart-1445773303Sun, 25 Oct 2015 12:41:43 +0100My Home is the Home of Peace<p><strong>My Home is the Home of Peace</strong> <em>music by <strong>Richard Leigh</strong></em></p> <p>A beautiful piece for all ages to listen to and learn over time and&nbsp;when you want to restore peace and calm to your home or classroom! Also a fabulous song&nbsp;to play when children are walking into assembly to set a warm and welcoming theme.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Victoria says:</strong> I play this song in the car when I want the children and myself to feel calm and I love playing it at meal times too!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://littlesong.me/music-resources/free-music-resources-for-children/celebrating-diversity/my-home-is-the-home-of-peace-1445182192Sun, 18 Oct 2015 17:29:52 +0200Time (Where There is Love)<p><strong>Time (Where There is Love) </strong><em>music by <strong>Richard Leigh</strong></em></p> <p><strong>Victoria says:</strong> I have taught this song to children in schools and they love it... all ages! We listen to this at home too and it is not only has a wonderful message, it has been beautifully written too!&nbsp;</p> http://littlesong.me/music-resources/celebrating-diversity-songs-and-soundscapes/humanity/time-where-there-is-love-1445181559Sun, 18 Oct 2015 17:19:19 +0200Jump Jump Jump<p><strong>Jump Jump Jump</strong> <em>by <strong>James Mohajer</strong></em></p> <p>A fun, catchy tune for all children who want to be happy and jump! We suggest that children aged <strong>0-5 </strong>will love this song the most!&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Victoria says</strong>: As soon as James wrote this song I started to play it to my 16 month old! She loves it and jumps for the chorus and dances!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://littlesong.me/music-resources/virtues-songs-and-soundscapes/happiness/jump-jump-jump-1445181184Sun, 18 Oct 2015 17:13:04 +0200Subscriptions<p><span style="font-size:22px"><strong>Welcome to the LittleSong subscriptions page</strong></span>.</p> <p>We aim to keep our subscription rate low so&nbsp;it&#39;s affordable and&nbsp;you get great value. We need people like you to invest in LittleSong with your subscription so that our wonderful team can work really hard to write lots of super&nbsp;songs for you and your children.</p> <p>When you buy a subscription you will get access to our wonderful, evergrowing library of songs that encourage children to be positive, work in unity and explore their environment.&nbsp;</p> <p>We are always creating new material so&nbsp;if there is something you would like us to write about please get in touch via the <a href="http://www.littlesong.me/contact-littlesong/">contact page.</a></p> <p><span style="font-size:24px"><strong>Teachers</strong></span></p> <p>At this present time, we invite you to either subscribe as an individual (only &pound;10/$16 for the entire year per person!) and we will soon offer an easy system for you to also have the option to subscribe as a whole school.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you know now that you want the whole school to bring the gems of LittleSong to your children then please get in touch with us <span style="font-size:18px"><a href="http://www.littlesong.me/contact-littlesong/">here </a></span>and we will discuss a package for your school. We will base it on the number of teachers you want to be subscribed and of course there will be a discount for a group of you subscribing!</p> <p>The more subscribers we get in our first year, the more we, as a dedicated team of songwriters&nbsp;can work really hard on bringing brilliant music to your school! We really appreciate your support in this and also would be so happy if you could share news of LittleSong to other schools in the area and your friends who are teachers!&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:26px"><strong>Parents</strong></span></p> <p>We hope that you will find the library of songs to be something that can serve as a musical backdrop in your home; songs for all occasions and to aid you with teaching your little ones to grow and develop with virtues and positive messages at the forefront of their learning. We also hope that the yearly subscription price of LittleSong is something that appeals to you... by next year we will have at least 200 songs on the site so we promise we will really make it worth your while!</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size:26px">Calling all educators!</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px">We are so thrilled to be able to offer a brilliant Song Service that is absolutely free of charge! Would you like us to write a song about a specific theme? Perhaps you are studying the Ancient Greeks this term and you really need a song to help your class to remember the information you are sharing! Or perhaps you really need to focus on a certain area in PHSE or circle time and feel that a song would really help break the ice and encourage your chidlren to think of the situation differently. <a href="http://www.littlesong.me/contact-littlesong/">Contact us </a>and tell us your needs and our team will see what they can do!&nbsp;</span></p> http://littlesong.me/manage-subscription/annual-subscriptions-1444134572Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:29:32 +0200Meet the Little Song Team<div> <div><img alt="" src="/sites/1361268160/images/Missvicky.jpg" style="float:left; line-height:1.6em; width:200px" /></div> <p>I am <strong>Victoria Leith</strong> (&#39;Miss Vicky&#39;), creator and founder of LittleSong.&nbsp;I have&nbsp;been&nbsp;singing with children for over 20 years in China, Africa, America and the UK. I&nbsp;qualified as a teacher with a B.Ed (Hons) Degree in 1998 and now have&nbsp;two darling daughters, who I&nbsp;sing&nbsp;to and write&nbsp;songs for every day! I believe that music is such a powerful tool for life and helps us learn and grow in so many positive&nbsp;ways.&nbsp;</p> <p>I&nbsp;was the class teacher of Pre-K 3 in TEDA International School for nine months in China (which is where I wrote some of the songs for LittleSong!), Music teacher in Millway Middle School, Director of Music in Kiddie Keep Well Camp in America&nbsp;and a volunteer teacher in Swaziland&nbsp;in a primary school in Mbabane for a year when I was 19 with Fiona Young, who you will read about in the Meet the Team page!&nbsp;I also worked as part of a performing arts collective with Richard and Fleur... we have all worked together at some time in our lives!&nbsp;I had a big change of how I write songs when I volunteered for two years, singing three times a month in Cynthia Spencer hospice. It was here that really showed me how calming and peaceful music can have such a tangible and spiritual effect on the human body and spirit&nbsp;and how important it is to have access to it daily, no matter our age! I play various instruments, from the piano (my first love!) recorder and penny whistle, percussion (including tapping out rhythms on my own body!) and guitar.&nbsp;&nbsp;I even had a guitar made for me a few years ago by an amazing luthier called Peter Gosden and this guitar is like my third baby! I may have started the idea of LittleSong but to have all these wonderful friends on board, who all share the same vision and love for music for children, it is a dream come true that we can bring such positive music to you all!</p> <div class="clear">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div> <div><img alt="Richard Leigh" src="/sites/1361268160/images/richard.jpg" style="float:left; height:200px; width:200px" /></div> <p>I am <strong>Richard Leigh</strong> and I work as a composer and teach for the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT). This work includes directing Zingaresque (the county youth world/folk ensemble) along with teaching composition, violin, choirs, group voice/body percussion work-shops, working with hospital &amp; outreach students &amp; composition commissions. I traveled to Swaziland many years ago with Victoria and spent much of my time capturing different voices and songs to bring back to the UK and to use within my work and the hundreds of children I work with. I am really keen to let as many people know as possible that yes, they CAN sing which is why I am thrilled to be part of the LittleSong team!</p> <div class="clear">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div> <div><img alt="Fiona Young" src="/sites/1361268160/images/fiona.jpg" style="float:left; width:200px" /> <p>I am <strong>Fiona Young</strong>,&nbsp;a lawyer by profession and a songwriter at heart! I&nbsp;come&nbsp;from musical origins on both sides: my&nbsp;maternal grandfather was a talented violinist and was renowned in his native Shiraz, Iran for teaching girls music at a time when it was generally boys who learned. My&nbsp;mother, Mina Beint, has recorded, (with Richard Leigh another Little Song collaborator), CDs of Persian chants and spiritual music. My&nbsp;paternal grandfather was a talented pianist and my&nbsp;brother and cousin form the talented musical duo Rowshan. From this musical background it&#39;s little wonder that I&nbsp;started my&nbsp;song writing path at the age of 14 penning tunes in school break time with my&nbsp;friend Victoria&nbsp;Leith. We&nbsp;won a school prize for musical composition and performance two years in a row and performed together all over the UK.</p> <p>In 1994 we travelled to Swaziland and inspired by the people we&nbsp;met, our&nbsp;beautiful surroundings and&nbsp;exciting experiences we&nbsp;collaborated on composing and writing countless songs, using our&nbsp;skills at creating soulful harmonies to give our&nbsp;music an original and ephemeral style.<br /> As a mother to two children, I&nbsp;have&nbsp;carried on my&nbsp;family tradition of singing and chanting prayers as part of the bedtime routine. My&nbsp;children and husband&nbsp;find this a soothing and calming end to the day and have learned, as I&nbsp;did as a child of the healing power of prayer and song.<br /> I have&nbsp;been involved with Virtues and child spiritual development projects since my&nbsp;teens and am&nbsp;passionate about the power of music in instilling in children the positive messages of character development.</p> </div> <div class="clear">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div> <div><img alt="James Mohajer" src="/sites/1361268160/images/james.jpg" style="float:left; width:200px" /></div> <p>I am <strong>James Mohajer </strong>(Just &lsquo;James&rsquo;) and I am currently studying to be an international human rights advocate, though I had initially set out to be a primary school teacher! Having spent one year teaching music at a primary school in Zambia, I came to understand the effect that music can have on a child&rsquo;s development and happiness, and this really inspired me to be a part of this amazing project!</p> <p>I play the guitar, the piano, the drums and I sing, and by writing songs, not only can express myself, but learn how to help others, especially children!</p> <div class="clear">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div> <div><img alt="Fleur Missaghian" src="/sites/1361268160/images/fleur.jpg" style="float:left; width:200px" /></div> <p>I am <strong>Fleur Missaghian</strong> and I am a drama and singing teacher who loves to help people find their inner voice, both spoken and sung! I have enjoyed singing with children and adults in China, Germany, Poland, Ireland, France, Scotland, Wales and England. I qualified as a teacher with a PGCE (with Distinction) in 1995 and have a Masters in Drama from University South Wales in 2012.</p> <p>For Sherman Cymru (Cardiff), I ran a Women&rsquo;s Community Singing Group for refugees and ladies (a project supported by the Welsh Refugee Council) for over a year, singing folk and world-music songs. Altogether 60 people sang and performed with the group! We had so much fun!</p> <p>In 2011 I travelled to Chengdu, Sichuan Province in China with my brother, Kalim Bartlett, who is a Beatboxer by the name of &#39;Tangent&#39;. We worked alongside Chinese arts practitioners from an amazing company called &#39;Hua Dan&#39;, leading drama, singing, writing, beatboxing and dance workshop sessions with middle school children in Mien Yang, performing for the International Day of the Child in July.</p> <p>I love singing serious as&nbsp;well as silly songs and I sing every day, often to my cat before breakfast who joins in with her loud purring!</p> <div class="clear">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div> <div><img alt="Vincent Martino" src="/sites/1361268160/images/vincent.jpg" style="float:left; width:200px" /></div> <p>My name is <strong>Vincent Martino</strong>, I am an osteopath and a father of a 21 month-old daughter, Violette, and another daughter who will be arriving very soon! I grew up surrounded by music as my father was a singer and songwriter and my three sisters are wonderful musicians. I really value how important music and rhythms are in children&#39;s education, even from a very young age.</p> <p>As a health practitioner, I understand that when a baby is growing inside the womb, it is exposed to the sound of the mother&#39;s heart beat, her breath, her digestion- therefore it has been surrounded by melodies and rhythms for 9 months and when it is born, it longs for music!! I remember my daughter&#39;s first cries being calmed by the song I used to sing to her prior to her birth.</p> <p>I was born and grew up in the south of France but my father&#39;s side is Italian and mother&#39;s side is Spanish. I have observed how powerful music is in the process of learning a new language. This is why I am so happy to be part of the Littlesong team to bring you children&#39;s songs en Francais!</p> <div class="clear">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div> <div><img alt="Tom Leith" src="/sites/1361268160/images/tom.jpg" style="float:left; width:200px" /></div> <p>I am <strong>Tom Leith </strong>and I lived in China with my wife Victoria, working on a series of songs that fused my music and traditional Chinese instruments. I have worked in the field of music for 20 years, both as a hobby and professionally and now am even studying at University to get my Music Tech degree! I love going out into nature and the world at large&nbsp;and recording the amazing sounds of life that make up our intriguing planet earth.&nbsp;There is nothing better than waking up at 5am to go and capture the early morning sounds of a busy working harbour and the ocean!</p> <div class="clear">&nbsp;</div> </div> http://littlesong.me/about-littlesong/Meet-the-LittleSong-Team/Meet-the-Little-Song-Team-1439677111Sun, 16 Aug 2015 00:18:31 +02005 Suggested Times in your Child's Day to Play a Song<p>When I worked in China, I had a class of twelve 3-year olds. My boss wanted me to bring my love of music into the classroom as much as possible, as did the parents!</p> <p>We soon found a rhythm to our day together and it was all based around songs! Don&#39;t be afraid of repetition. I sang the same songs every day to my class... just see the singing as an extension of your speaking voice.</p> <p><em>Here are my top five suggestions for when to play/sing a song to your class or your child at home:</em></p> <p><strong>1. Welcome/goodmorning song</strong></p> <p>Children learn quickly through singing - it&nbsp;is amazing to see the rapid progression! When your child wakes up or when they come into class, start with a short sweet tune to get their attention.&nbsp;Every morning when we gathered first thing on the carpet, after an initial short play with selected materials, we would sing:</p> <p><em>Oh here we are together, together, together</em></p> <p><em>Oh here we are together all sitting on the floor</em></p> <p><em>There&#39;s James and Le Chung and Carter and Timo</em></p> <p><em>Oh here we are together, all sitting on the floor!</em></p> <p>The children loved this and we would talk about who was not here and send them love and smiles! The children soon learned each others&#39; names and they delighted in some morning singing!</p> <p><strong>2. Transition Songs</strong></p> <p>Very quickly, my brain set to work to write very short and catchy&nbsp;songs for all our transitions,&nbsp;tidy up times,&nbsp;when I wanted them to form a line to go out to play&nbsp;and&nbsp;walking up and down the stairs. You can listen to and learn these songs in the Free Music section.</p> <p><strong>3. Grab attention songs</strong></p> <p>We can either raise our voices above the general noise of chatter and playing, or we can sing a song (or tap out a rhythm or chant a rhyme!) The key is to make it short and easy-to-learn and fun!</p> <p><strong>4. Nap-time/quiet time songs</strong></p> <p>In China, most of our children napped for 90 minutes after lunch-time. Before they napped, we would read a story, show a short 3-minute video on a theme and then I would sing a song which signified sleepytime! Literally as soon as I started to sing this key song, my children would start yawning!</p> <p>We would then play songs on a CD whilst they lay down on their beds and drifted off. The idea of LittleSong is that you can choose from a selection of lullabies and gentle songs for this time. Sleepyhead is one song the children loved at nap time and it is in the Free Music section of LittleSong! You can play it <a href="http://www.littlesong.me/music-resources/free-music-resources-for-children/free-songs/sleepyhead-song-1439388553">here.</a></p> <p><strong>5. Goodbye song!</strong></p> <p>On my first day working with my children, I wrote a song to say goodbye to. We would sit in a circle on the carpet and sing this every single day! They loved it and I hope your little ones will love it too! Here are the words and you can listen to this song in the Free Music section.</p> <p><em>Goodbye, goodbye</em></p> <p><em>It&#39;s time to say goodbye</em></p> <p><em>Pack your bags, be on your way</em></p> <p><em>It&#39;s time to say goodbye</em></p> <p><em>Goodbye, goodbye</em></p> <p><em>It&#39;s time to say goodbye</em></p> <p><em>Put on your shoes and a happy smile</em></p> <p><em>It&#39;s time to say goodbye</em></p> <p><em>See you tomorrow, have a lovely evening</em></p> <p><em>Goodbye!</em></p> <p>Of course, you can sing any time in the day with or to your children! Sometimes, even just singing what you would usually say but in a sing song voice is enough to divert a situation or to attract&nbsp;attention.&nbsp;</p> http://littlesong.me/blog/educational-ideas/5-Suggested-Times-in-your-Child--s-Day-to-Play-a-Song-1439675139Sat, 15 Aug 2015 23:45:39 +0200Forest Air<p><strong>Forest Air </strong><em>written and performed by Miss Vicky</em>.</p> <p>I wrote this song when I had a year 2 class (6 and 7 year olds). We chose the Forest for our theme for the term so I wrote this quickly to incorporate the nature&nbsp;we might encounter when going for a walk through the forest. All&nbsp;60 children in Year 2 learned this song and we sang it in our special sharing assembly as well as on nature walks and a trip to a woodland glade!&nbsp;</p> http://littlesong.me/music-resources/free-music-resources-for-children/free-nature/forest-air-song-1439388682Wed, 12 Aug 2015 16:11:22 +0200Sleepy Head<p><strong>Sleepy Head</strong> <em>by Miss Vicky and Miss Fiona</em>.</p> <p>This is a beautiful and relaxing lullaby for nap-time, quiet-time or for when you want your little ones to take five and just chill out for a bit! We wrote this song for our own babies - hope you enjoy it!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://littlesong.me/music-resources/free-music-resources-for-children/lullabies-and-quiet-time/sleepyhead-song-1439388553Wed, 12 Aug 2015 16:09:13 +0200Seaside Soundscape<p><strong>The Sea</strong>&nbsp;<em>recorded and composed&nbsp;by Tom Leith&nbsp;</em></p> <p>This <em>s</em>oundscape of the seaside includes sounds of waves on the shore, footsteps on the beach, seabirds and a fishing boat being repaired in the harbour. A perfect piece to set the mood in your classroom for a beach or ocean topic and also as a fabulous stimulus for writing stories and poems!</p> http://littlesong.me/music-resources/free-music-resources-for-children/free-nature/seaside-1439386870Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:41:10 +0200Contact Ushttp://littlesong.me/contact-littlesong/contact-littlesong-1433846911Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:48:31 +0200