My 3 favourite songs to teach

In my opinion the best songs to teach music are always the fun songs.  Subtly teaching children how to sing melodies and using their voice as an instrument in fundamental in learning music.  When teaching preschoolers the nuances of pitch, rhythm, dynamics and pitch the easiest and most effective is songs with simple melodies and body movement.

My three favourite songs to teach children always bring a smile to childrens faces and most of the time the adults too!

Here are my 3 fav’s.

Paki Paki.

This is a Maori song and completely not in English and yet it is so so easy to learn.  I always start by showing the children all the different movements we are going to do and the corresponding word for that movement.

Paki Paki = Clap Clap

Kani Kani = dance

Huri huri = turn around

E Peke = jump

Hula = hula movement

Haka = haka movement

paki, paki, paki, paki tamariki ma
paki, paki, paki, paki tamariki ma

Kani, Kani, Kani, Kani tamariki ma
Kani, kani, kani, kani tamariki ma

Huri, huri, huri, huri tamariki ma
Huri, huri, huri, huri tamariki ma

E peke, e peke tamariki ma
E peke, e peke tamiriki ma

Hula, hula, hula, hula tamariki ma
Hula, hula, hula, hula tamiriki ma

E haka, E haka tamiriki ma
E haka, e haka tamiriki ma

Here is a link of me singing with my little kiddies, such a fun song!

Paki Paki

Oma Rapeti
Another Maori song about a little rabbit.
Oma Rapeti
Oma Rapeti
Oma Oma Oma
Oma Rapeti Oma Rapeti
Oma Oma Oma
Piko, piko, piko, piko,
piko, piko, piko
toro piko
Toro, toro, toro, toro,
Toro, toro, toro
Piko, toro

The hand actions can be seen in my youtube video
Heres the link for you to listen to Oma Rapeti

and my all time fav children’s song is Inanay, an Aboriginal lullaby.

Inanay Gupa wana (clap hands to the beat)
Inanay Gup wana
Ay ay ay oola
oola ay oola ay
Yippee yay yippee yay
Goo wanna Goo wanna (raise hands above head and clap semi quavers)
goo wanna goo wanna
goo wanna

Choo (spray fingers out towards child)

I have a link of me singing this song as well!
here it is Inanay

Theses 3 songs have all the elements of simple melodic tunes, repetition and easy hand and body actions for children to copy. I hope you enjoy singing them with your students

Happy Music making



Christmas songs for Kinder

Christmas is around the corner and I know that Childcare centres and Kinders are gearing up for their Christmas concerts to showcase to the parents what their children have been learning all year long.

Here are some of our favourites for end of year celebrations.

Ring Those Christmas bell
Instruments: Bells
Sung to the tune “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain”
(sing loudly)
We will ring those christmas bells so loud and clear
We will ring those christmas bells so loud and clear
We wil hear the dingle, dingle
when we jingle jingle jingle
We will ring those Christmas bells so loud and clear

(sing softly)
We will ring those Christmas bells so quietly
We will ring those Christmas bells so quietly
We will hear the dingle dingle
When we jingle jingle jingle
We will ring those Christmas bells so quietly

(Sing Fast)
We will ring those Christmas bells so fast and loud
We will ring those Christmas bells so fast and loud
We will hear the dingle dingle
When we jingle jingle jingle
We will ring those Christmas bells s fast and loud

Feliz Navidad
Instrument: eggs
Shake the eggs to the rhythm and rest
Feliz Navidad (rest)
Feliz Navidad (rest)
Feliz Navidad, prospero ano y felicidad
Feliz Navidad (rest)

I want to wish you a merry Christmas
I want to wish you a merry Christmas
I want to wish you a merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart

Song: Little Drummer Boy

Teacher sings the call and the children sing the response ” Pa rum pa pum pum”

Come they told me
Pa rum pum pum pum
A new born king to see
Pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring
Pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the king
Pa rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum
So to honor him
Pa rum pum pum pum
When we come
Pum pum pum pum
Pa rum pum pum

This song is particularly impressive when the children chime in with their part. We have also incorporated Instruments for the Kinder age group and has worked beautifully.  Equally the children are impressed with themselves as they sing and make music and preform for their parents.

Christmas is also a great opportunity to showcase all the beautiful songs and musical games that have been sung throughout the year.  I have seen some great ideas over the years, I hope these 3 songs can make your “End of Year” celebrations special.

Happy Music Making


What to look for when booking a music program for your Childcare Centre

Over the past 6 years of developing Rhythm Rumble I have had the opportunity to  pick the brains of every Early Learning Educator  I have had the pleasure of dealing with and here are the main reasons how/why they choose a Music Program.

Childcare Educator’s have a backlog of nursery rhymes, finger play and funny kids songs up their sleeves.  Their main concern when hiring a music program is they will hear the same songs they already know. Educators want to learn and be inspired by new ideas.  They need a music program to be innovative and teach musical elements beyond their own capabilities.
At Rhythm Rumble we are constantly researching new songs and music from around the world to teach children and Educators. Educators are able to extend on the new material and be inspired to try new songs and activities.

Secondly the Music teacher is paramount to the music program. If the teacher isn’t charismatic, energetic and great with children the children do not respond and consequently do not learn. An important element to understand though is the energy in the room needs to match the age group of the children. Such as when visiting the Babies Room the babies will not connect well to a teacher with high energy and a loud voice as compared to the kinder groups.  The Rhythm Rumble training is second to none, besides training the curriculum we also gain feedback from Educators and Children by sending the teacher out on free training classes specifically for that purpose and most importantly we listen to the feedback and work on a personal level to improve our approach, our musicality and techniques.

From the feedback we have gathered over the years we have learnt that repetition is paramount to young children’s learning, though it is a fine line between repeating a lesson to consolidate the childrens learning to boring the willies out of them.  Haven’t you noticed how children can watch the same movie everyday for 3 months and exhibit the same amount of enthusiasm EVERYTIME and then in a blink of an eye they won’t have a bar of it. At Rhythm Rumble we repeat each lesson for 3 weeks and move on to a different theme with new songs, games and learning outcomes. Singing the same songs for a whole year is taking the idea of repetition to a whole new level and really not necessary.

If you’re in the market for a new music program at your Early Learning Centre always ask for a trial class so that you can experience the music class and watch how your children respond. Hope these tidbits of information will help you.

Happy music making,

To step or To leap (childrens songs to sing)

Spring is here! The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping and it is a great time to start discussions with preschoolers about Nature, Seasons, New life.  So many topics can be covered in Spring.

At Rhythm Rumble we are starting a new lesson focus on intervals.  An interval is how many steps between 2 notes for example the leap from C to E is a 3rd.  Or a step from C to D is a  2nd.  The easiest way to teach leaps and steps to preschoolers is to SING.

We have found songs with simple repetitive lyrics that are written with leaps and steps. A great to demonstrate the change in notes is to use the body as a visual and physical cue on how to sing each note.  To make it easier to understand I have included some of the songs here below:

Spring Song: Using the tune of The Farmer In The Dell is a familiar tune but also consist solely of 2nd and 3rd’s( in other words leaps and steps)

The Sun is shining bright
The Sun is shining bright
Oh how I love the warmth
The sun is shining bright

The rain is falling down
The rain is falling down
Oh how I love the sound
The rain is falling down

The flowers start to bloom
The flowers start to bloom
Oh how I love the sight
The flowers start to bloom

To view the musical notation you can check it out on my Pinterest page here Farmer In The Dell music

Another great song which is related to Spring is

I’m Bringing Home  Baby Bumblebee, we use castanets instead of hand gestures to link motor skills and tap out the regular beat of the piece.  I have also linked the music notation hereI’m Bringing Home A Baby Bumble Bee  so you can see the leaps and steps the children sing.  The lyrics are below:

I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee
won’t my mummy be so proud of me
I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee
Ouch! he stung me

I’m squishing up my baby bumblebee
Wont my mummy be so proud of me?
I’m squishing up my baby bumblebee
Eww my hands are sticky

I’m licking up my baby bumblebee
Won’t my mummy be so proud of me
I’m licking up my baby bumblebee
Mmmm he’s yummy

Another great idea to teach children to hear the different intervals is to sing solfege

Do Rei Me Fai So etc and assign a body part to each note such as:

Do = feet
Rei= knees
Me = hip
far = tummy
So = shoulders

You could play Musical Simon Says and sing a tune such as Do Do Me (Feet, Feet, Hip)  Children always love a game and is a great way to encourage them to use their voices.

I hope you enjoy our Springtime songs and games

Happy music making


Singing the major scale for children

Tomorrow I am conducting my first class after having my 3rd baby

He is only 3 months old, so it hasn’t been a longtime since teaching but feels forever. I stopped teaching in early June.  I feel as though I have changed so much in these last 3 months.  Personally speaking my father who I treasured and loved passed away after a long battle with cancer.  So when I stopped teaching I wasn’t really relaxing waiting for our new arrival I was travelling to the hospital daily and trying to support my dad with his swift decline.

My mind was far from preparing to have a baby and certainly far from my music classes.  The things that brought me joy were put on hold while I started my grieving process.  Dad passed away on the 1st July and my little baby Zayne was born 4 days later on the 5th July.

My father was an accomplished musician and song writer and listening to his music has given me solace as I hear him sing and play his bouzouki.  I just want to hear his voice sometimes, this has made me cry at the beginning, but now makes me smile.  Dad also promised me his bouzouki which I am so very grateful I have and is sitting proudly in my music room.

So tomorrow I am teaching a music class, interestingly enough it is at a Rehab centre which the residents have their children stay with them and I feel like I haven’t taught in “forever” when the reality is it is only 4 months.

I feel altered by these recent events the oldest man i loved and the newest man I love today have changed who I am and I wonder how I will translate that into my music class.  I’m excited to go, I miss teaching.  It is a guilty self indulgence as I receive more from teaching music than my students do from learning.

I will be singing one of my own songs which my father helped me transpose.  The purpose of the song is to teach singing in a Major scale.  I have included it below:

Song: Going To The Moon
(sitting on floor tap your knees)

Get in the spaceship we’re going to the moon, going to the moon, going to the moon
Where are we going?
We’re Going to the moon, Today
8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 ,1 Blast off (jump up) (sing in Major scale)

touch Toes (8), knees(7), hips(6), tummy(5), shoulder(4), head(3) house(2), crouch down(1), Blast Off

(stretch arms out and fly around the room)
Get in the spaceship we’re flying to the moon, flying to the moon, flying to the moon
Where are we going?
We’re Going to the moon, Today
8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 Blast off

(walk a slow moon walk)
Get out off the spaceship, we’re walking on the moon, walking on the moon, walking on the moon
Where are we going?
We’re Going to the moon, Today
8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 Blast Off

(crouch back down to the floor and pretend to be asleep)
Get into the spaceship we’re going back home, going back home, going back home
Where are we going?
We’re going back home going back home going back home

Thanks for listening, and I hope you like the song there is a lot of learning in this piece, such as the movement and physical touch for each step of the major scale, singing and is a lot of fun.


Cheers Lola

3 Great Reasons To Teach Music To Children

I may be biased about music education, but it is an informed educated bias and I wholeheartedly believe music education is at the core of formal education.  Including music as part of the curriculum leads its way to fostering a good foundation for learning.

Here are 3 good reasons why you should have your children in a music class, preferably from birth!

  1. Numerous studies have shown the link between learning an instrument and improves literacy skills, cognitive skills and well being.
  2. Music education fosters imagination and strengthens the links between both sides of the brain which will prepare your child for formal education.
  3. Music is a practice in itself of self regulation and patience.  Teaching children that not everything is an instantaneous gratification and some great things are built over time, practice and hard work.

It seems with the obsession of grades and testing, our education system has been erasing the music and arts from our children’s curriculum.  So it is now up to the us parents to include a richer education outside of school hours and preferably before school even begins.

There are a plethora of music programs to start your child with and if your child attends a Childcare centre most will have a music program visit the centre on a weekly basis.  I would check that your centre does as it is normally included in their budget and a great way to spark their love of music.

Cheers Lola

Lullabies – Music for Baby


I have a new baby boy.  YAY!  He’s beautiful and enchanting and whadaya know he loves it when I sing to him.  He’s 2 months old now and when he likes something he smiles and one of the best ways to make him smile is to sing.

The most common repertoire for babies are lullabies and here are my top 5.


A beautiful Aboriginal lullaby sung about shooing away a goanna.  When i have sung this song in my classes children of all ages are mesmerised by it and it is certainly a lulling kind of song perfect to soothe any crying baby.

Inanay Gupawana

Inanay Gupawana

Ay ay ay oola

Oola Oola Oola Ay

Yippee Ay Yippe Ay

Gowanna Gowanna Gowanna


Goowanna Gowanna Gowaana


watch me sing Inanay here

Ah Kounelaki – Greek Song

My father sang this song to me as a child and although it isn’t a lullaby it tells a story of a cheeky rabbit digging holes in the garden and now I find myself singing it to my little boy.  Traditional songs from your childhood are a beautiful way to pass your memories and culture to your children.

Ah Kounelaki Koynelaki < Rabbit>

Xylo pou tha to phas < I’ll give you a little tap>

Mesa se xeno perivoulaki < if you come to my garden?

Tripes yiati tripas < whhy do you dig holes>

Min mou serfronis ti mitoula  < you screw up your nose>

Min mou kounas t’aftia < pull your ears>

Min mou klinis to mataki < and squint your eyes>

Ise san zografia < you’re as cute as a photograph>

Watch here

Good Night Sleep Tight

I wrote this little lullaby when I was a child myself, and now sing it to my children and they love it.

Good Night

Sleep tight

You’re a wonderful baby

Good night, sleep tight

have some happy happy dreams

Good night, sleep tight

you’re a wonderful baby

Good night

Sleep tight. Tonight

Big Yellow Moon

This is more of a poem, but children love positive thoughts before bedtime and encourages peaceful happy thoughts before sleep time.

Big yellow moon shines so bright, (Arms above head in circle shape.)

Glides across the starry night, (Arms move from left to right.)

Looks down at me (Hand shades eyes.)

Asleep in bed, (Hands together at side of face.)

Whispers, “Good night, sleepyhead.” (Forefinger in front of mouth.)

Big yellow moon, your turn is done. (Arms above head move down in front of body.)

Here comes Mr. Morning Sun. (Arms move above head in circle shape.)

I wake up. (Arms stretch out.)

You go to bed. (Hands together at side of face.)

“Goodnight, Moon, you sleepyhead.” (Forefinger in front of mouth.)

Rock a bye baby

its a classic so thought i’d include it sits also a winner when singing and rocking your baby to sleep.

Rock a bye baby on the treetops

when the wind blows the cradle will rock

when the bough breaks the cradle will fall

And down will come baby, cradle and all.