Holiday & Seasonal Charmers[CD]
I've written these songs out of necessity. It's difficult to find songs that are appealing to young children that are also easy for them to sing. I've kept the vocal range small and used head voice in recording the vocals to foster good singing habits. The repetition of words and melodic/rhythmic phrases help children match pitches and gain confidence in singing. Many of my preschool music students and their parents have asked 'when can we get a recording of your songs - my child is still singing the Christmas songs we did at the last program, and it's April'! Now, 29 of them are available on this album, 21 are available on my album, 'Charmers for Children' and 30 more songs are on 'More Charmers for Children'. As a past public school music teacher, I can attest to the fact that there are a lot of entertaining albums out there for young children, but not many exist that are written from a music teacher's perspective. The young child needs to hear a light, head voice to develop good singing habits. The young child also needs a clear, steady beat to develop the ability to hear and keep a steady beat. I've included introductions on all the songs, and there's no extraneous chatter or vocal harmonies, so they can be used in performances. On my official website (gleasonmusicforchildren.com), I have suggested actions the children can do for the songs, making memorization of words easier. On many songs, actions are possible on each phrase, and the actions are choreographed to flow smoothly and easily for young children.
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