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Lullabies for Children of All Ages

Lullabies for Children of All Ages

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This post, Lullabies for Children of All Ages, is truly a great post created by one of the most highly recognized Music Therapists along with one of the finest violinists in the country.   Listen to Dr. Kobialka‘s super rendition of When You wish Upon a Star as you read.  I hope you all enjoy it as much as I.

A Guided Journey

A Guided Journey for When You Wish Upon A Star, from the album When You Wish Upon A Star by Daniel Kobialka”

— Suzanne Hanser, ED.D, MT-BC

“One doesn’t need to intellectualize, one doesn’t need to understand very much. Music impacts a person viscerally, physically, immediately, and directly.”

When You Wish Upon A Star

When You Wish Upon A Star transports you

to a wonderful place where dreams come true,

a place just like your childhood imagination.

Close your eyes. Let this music take you away

from the stress of daily life and the strain of your schedule.

When You Wish

It recalls the delights of being a child. Each selection is based on a composition for or about children. But the simple and familiar melodies are well suited for adults, too. There are lullabies and nursery songs for anyone learning or reminiscing about the music of early Youth.

Star light, star bright,

First Star I see tonight,

I wish I may, I wish I might.

Have the wish I wish tonight.

– Mother Goose

This is music for your child, a rich instrumental collection of masterpieces from the classical and folk literature. It can help educate children to the beauty and intricacy of classical music with its subtle moods and timeless melodies so very different from contemporary sounds.

This is also music for you, extended versions of much loved music using the flowing sounds of strings. This is most of all, music for you and your child together, designed to create a bond between you through a harmonious, shared experience.

Listen to this recording as you relax with your child. Let it calm both of your spirits and orchestrate a peaceful time for the two of you together. It offers a serene musical background for holding your child, doing quiet activities or preparing for sleep. No special materials are required to benefit from listening to the music. You need only find a comfortable place to rest and hear these lovely sounds of children.

Lullaby and Good Night

You’ll enjoy these selections wherever and whenever you choose. But they are more than just beautiful music. When You Wish Upon A Star has been specially designed to assist you and your child in enhancing your feelings of well being,

Consider playing this music when it is particularly difficult to relax:

  • After a busy outing;
  • Before a doctor’s visit;
  • When your child is hungry or tired;
  • Before nap time;
  • At dinner;
  • Before sleep.

Music has been used for centuries to soothe and calm, to aid sleep and lessen anxiety. Now research studies show that slow, flowing music, which is familiar to the listener, has positive effects on heart rate, breathing, blood pressure and other physiological measures. Indeed, when you reserve a special time for music in your life, it is possible to obtain a deeply relaxing state when you or your child needs it most.

Night’s all right

With stars and a moon,

But night’s all wrong

In the afternoon!

It drops from the trees

And it creeps on the floor.

And they call me in

By half past four.

-Elizabeth Coatsworth

Sound Asleep

Make bed time a time to look forward to. All you need are the long, melodious phrases of When You Wish Upon A Star to prepare for a peaceful sleep. While the music is playing, your child may enjoy an extra treat:

  • Looking at a picture book;
  • A gently back massage;
  • Getting tucked in;
  • Hearing a parent’s voice humming to the music;
  • A good night kiss.

For the child who is reluctant to go to bed, When You Wish Upon A Star offers a very pleasant way to end the day. When your child puts on pajamas or prepares for bed in some small way, reward these initial efforts by starting the music. When they climb into bed and close their eyes, begin a back massage. Your smiles, praises and soft touch, accompanied by the comforting music, will generate a loving incentive to rest.

A Calm, Creative Time For Your Child

Children respond to music naturally. No rules or instruction are necessary. Some are quickly soothed to sleep by it. Others spontaneously begin humming along or dancing. Music is a vital part of every child’s culture and being. Your child will find many creative ways of enjoying When You Wish Upon A Star.

By encouraging and praising new ideas, you’ll engender still more creativity. When you support your children’s freedom of expression in this way, you offer them a positive emotional outlet for a lifetime. Watch your children enjoy this music. You’ll learn much more about then than you ever thought possible.

Artistic Expression

Prepare an area with clean paper and colored pens, pencils, crayons or other art materials you have at home. Ask you child to close his or her eyes and listen to the music. To stimulate the imagination, you might suggest that the music paint some pretty pictures in your child’s mind. You could also recommend that they let the music take them to a wonderful, beautiful place. With older children, ask one of the following questions after the music has been playing:

  • “Which color did you see in your imagination?”
  • “What pictures came into your mind?”
  • “Did you think of a special place?”
  • “Did you see a special person?”
  • “Did the music tell you a story?”

Then, have your child color, draw or write about that special picture. Be sure to show interest in this artwork, talking with them about its beauty and originality after the music is over. Ask them about their choice of color or materials and the meaning of their creations. Speak of this “mind picture” in a positive, accepting way. Suggest that the music holds hidden treasures. Can they find something new each time they listen?

Ask younger children to color along with the music, or to move a crayon across the paper as the music continues. Remind them to listen first, and then create. Once again, when the music stops, talk about their work of art and the images, which came to mind. Be consistently pleased with their efforts, accepting any attempt as an original artistic expression.

Children also enjoy finding pictures from magazines or books, which capture an image or feeling evoked by the music. They can browse through these materials while listening and select one to share with you which best expresses the music. Use this opportunity to begin to understand your child’s imagination and creative potential. Again, maintain a positive attitude at all times to develop the child’s healthy and happy associations with the music and also with you.

Creative Movement

As the music begins, ask your child to find a way to move to the music. Mention the many ways they can move: moving arms, legs, head or other parts of the body. Next time allow them the freedom to choose any way at all to move.

Ask them to move differently with each selection. Have them act out a story inspired by the music. Recreate a familiar character or animal whose movements are slow and smooth like the music. Explore your own feelings through movement too.

Building a Bond

What better way to show your child that you care than to share these musical moments together. Set the stage for a unique music listening experience for the two of you: Find a pleasant place for you and your child to listen. Make sure you both have comfortable chairs or pillows. Arrange a time when interruptions or distractions are least likely. Set the tone by speaking softly to your child. Reflect on and interact about the positive aspects of your relationship.

These suggestions prepare you to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Every time you listen, it should become easier and easier to settle down. Soon, just hearing the first few notes of the music may result in a good feeling. We encourage you to allow both Lullabies for Children of All Ages and When You Wish Upon a Star to become your own special tools to reduce stress and tension, while you discover new harmonies together.

The sun descending in the west

The evening star does shine;

 The album is available from our website at http://www.wonderofsound.com, Amazon.com, iTunes, and other retailers.

 

 

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2 Responses

  1. Yes! Finally something about Lullabies.

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  2. Pretty! This was a really wonderful post. Thanks for supplying this information.

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