Supporting you with a gift… the Music in Isolation Playlist xxx
This forced isolation means we’re having to spend quality time with ourselves and our loved ones!!!
For those of us on the journey of using music-based strategies to manage anxiety, clear brain fog, heal our pre-conditioned patterns, ditch overwhelm and learn how to support our children using the very same strategies then this is for you.
Over the past months I’ve had countless requests for more detailed info on using music to support the brain, and resources that will help us do just that.
Here is when music medicine really works wonders.
In the Music In Isolation playlist you’ll find support through:
- Every Little Cell
- Carry Me Back Like A Bird
- Pretend To Be An Animal
- My Mind Is Still, My Body Is Still
- Body Percussion
- Music Listening
- Clapping Games
- Lullaby Voice!
- Learn A Grown Up’s Phone Number
- My Boundaries Are Important
- La, La, Laaaaaa
- Melodic Mantra’s and Rhythm
- The UFO Drums
- ‘Breathe in and Hold’
- Meet My Singing Bowls
Every Little Cell Episode 1 shows how children need music but they don’t need to be at school to be making it. Music For One (music we make by ourselves, for ourselves) is just what the doctor ordered to support our brains!
Carry Me Back Like A Bird Episode 2 is another beautiful example of chanting – and it shows that the words really don’t matter all that much when it comes to singing melodic mantras for anxiety management.
Pretend To Be An Animal Episode 3, when children pretend to be animals they instantly come out of their cognitive, thinking brains and into their bodies. This is especially helpful for children who experience anxiety.
My Mind Is Still, My Body Is Still Episode 4, once again, chanting really can’t be beaten for the therapeutic value it brings, especially when it’s used in conjunction with repetitive, physical movements.
AEIOU Episode 5, honestly – poos and wees should be used as motivational tools FAR more often than they currently are! This activity is a highly motivational way of getting your children to experiment with making a variety of sounds, which empowers them to use their voices.
Body Percussion Episode 6, this activity can be as simple or as complicated as children have the capacity to make it but is still inclusive in that everyone can actively participate. Development of rhythm is intrinsically linked to literacy and language development.
Music Listening Episode 7 activity demonstrates to children that there is more to music than just songs, and introduces them to the idea of individual sounds.
Squeezing! Episode 8 is one of those things most children would not think of as a musical experience – but this involves rhythm and movement – and that’s as basic as music gets! This activity provides children with proprioceptive input which their brain uses to keep organised and clear.
Clapping Games Episode 9, clapping games are just as much fun as they always have been throughout the whole of history! Clapping games require both hands and as our arms cross the midline neural pathways crossing into both hemispheres are activated 🙂 This allows for the whole brain to be supported and working at it’s best.
Lullaby Voice! Episode 10 so you might guess it’s a little to ROCK STAR voice!! Our brain loves Lullaby voice cause it helps our brain feel safe and relaxed.
Learn A Grown Up’s Phone Number Episode 11 shares the importance for children to know the phone number of their parent/carer/guardian/responsible adult. And let’s face it, in these days of storing phone numbers in our phones?
My Boundaries Are Important Episode 12 video introduces the idea of child-led boundaries and the importance of recognising these and communicating them.
La, La, Laaaaaa Episode 13 video teaches children that lyrics and meaningful words are not the most important part of songs – which is important for them to know as verbal language can be very difficult for children.
Melodic Mantra’s and Rhythm Episode 14 is where singing activates the Vagus Nerve which then stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, allowing our heart rates to come down. Drumming creates a pulse like a heartbeat which is a comfort and ‘safe’ sensory input.
The UFO Drums Episode 15 video introduces your children to instruments they might not have otherwise seen or heard before. The UFO drums encourage the idea that you do not need to have music lessons to be musical.
‘Breathe in and Hold’ Episode 16 shows singing is a beautiful way of introducing children to controlled breathing without having to teach them. This video explains to your children the importance of controlled breath in a way they will understand.
Meet My Singing Bowls Episode 17’s activity demonstrates to children that there is more to music than just songs, and introduces them to the idea of individual sounds. This activity does not require active engagement, or concentration, which makes it great for children who are unsettled or experienced attention difficulties.
Basically, children need music but they don’t need to be at school or have lessons, to be making it. Same goes for us as adults.
Music In Isolation (music we make by ourselves, for ourselves) is just what the doctor ordered!
The whole series can be found on YouTube called Music In Isolation Playlist. Save the Playlist for when every you need or work through each activity as you can.