Daphodil Music Choir Performance – 16th June

Dear followers,

Don't Forget Them

The Daphodil Music singers will have their first performance on Sunday 16th June 2013 at 1pm outside the Crouch End Old Town Hall, as part of the Crouch End Festival Family Day Picnic.

Extinct Animals

 

They shall be singing a selection of songs from both The Extinct Animal Songs project and The Magical Creature Songs project.

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The choir participants are: Biba, Dylan, Esther, Flo, Freya, Hannah, Hannah, Ruby, Sophie, Tallulah and Tara.

We would be delighted to see you there!

Listen to the Extinct Animal Songs and the Magical Creature Songs before hearing them live, sung by the same children who recorded them!

With excitement and anticipation,

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The Daphodil Music Singer’s Live Performance – what a hit!

They all sang their hearts out, were confident with their solos, sang into the mic and were all super duper awesome! Well done singers!

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I Can See Magic – Song No. 1

Dear music lovers,

We are very excited to introduce The Magical Creature Songs Project – Daphodil Music’s second singing project. This project is all about… yes, you guessed it – magical creatures.

I Can See Magic is the first song from the Magical Creature Songs project.

Sing along!
Lyrics:

Verse
Sometimes I see things that no-one can see except me,
I know it’s magic and I see because I believe.

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Up in the night sky I can see angels,
Even the dark cannot hide them.
And in my garden I can see fairies,
And I know it’s not just in my mind.
I have read books on dragons and ogres,
They’re far away but they are out there.
Witches and wizards walk all around us,
And I know they’re real because I feel them.

Verse
Sometimes I feel sad because my mum and my dad,
Can’t see these creatures of magic that make me so glad.

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Up in the night sky I can see angels,
Even the dark cannot hide them.
And in my garden I can see fairies,
And I know it’s not just in my mind.
I have read books on dragons and ogres,
They’re far away but they are out there.
Witches and wizards walk all around us,
And I know they’re real because I feel them.

Each week we will publish a new song from the Magical Creature Songs project, recorded by the lovely Daphodil Music singers from North London, between the ages 6-11.

Contact us to join in with Daphodil Music’s musical fun!

Until next week – keep believing in magic!

Music In The New Year

Well, it’s been busy – Music, music, music; Here is a taster:

Teaching The Elements Of Music: Who Said Boys Don’t Sing?

A few years ago during my Music PGCE I composed a catchy little tune to help my pupils remember the elements of music. I’ve been using it ever since, and it seems to be a success among my different classes (works for KS1, KS2 and even KS3*!). This recording (circa 2011) is by year 7 boys in an extremely underprivileged part of town, many of whom had not been in the UK for very long. They adore music though, bless ‘em.

Teaching The Instruments Of The Orchestra: Chinese New Year

What better way to explore tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments than by improvising while playing them. Taking away the F and B keys from the xylophone/metallophone and leaving a pentatonic scale is a wonderful starting point for children to improvise, as they can easily make up their own Chinese inspired sounds on the spot. Add cymbals of different sizes and a double-sided drum and you’re on your way to China – Happy New Year and Gang Hay Fat Choy!

*KS = Key Stage (pupil age ranges)

Don’t Let Them (Go Anywhere) – Bonus Track

Dear listeners,

This is the final song from the Extinct Animal Songs project. It is all about Endangered Animals and as the song tells us, these are animals that are in danger of becoming extinct, so if we don’t care for them and help them to stay alive, they will disappear all together. You might be shocked to discover that some of your favourite animals are endangered and might not be around much longer unless we do something about it!

 

 

  

 

Check out the Don’t Let Them Video Clip for movements and actions that go with this song, created by the Daphodil Music Singers:

 

 

Lyrics:

We’ve got the panda, the tiger, the polar bear
Don’t let them go anywhere.
‘Cause if we let them they’ll never come back again,
And we will lose our animal friends!

The giant tortoise, the eagle, the albatross -
This is really making us cross.
‘Cause if we let them they’ll never come back again,
And we will lose our animal friends!

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Thank you to the Daphodil Music Singers for doing their bit to save all the lovely endangered species by co-writing this song and singing and spreading the message!

This is the end of this project, and we had a wonderful time singing, recording, dancing, drawing and making music come to life!

 

 

    

There will be a new project very soon – if you are interested in joining the musical fun please contact me today.

An enormous thank you to:

The Daphodil Music Singers for your beautiful voices and hard work
The Daphodil Music Parents for all your support
To Udi for orchestrating, arranging, recording and playing gorgeous guitars
To everyone out there who has been following – thanks and please keep sharing Daphodil Music with other music lovers!

See you soon,

Daphne x

The Great Auk – Song No. 10

Hello music and animal lovers!

The Great Auk is the penultimate (before last) Extinct Animal Song, and next week will be the last song for this project (it’s actually a bonus track!).

But don’t be too sad, there will be another Daphodil Music project on very soon.

Please get in touch to become a Daphodil Music singer and be a part of the new exciting musical programme!

The solo this week is sung by (then) 5 year old Biba. If you listen right to the end you will hear another solo, by 6 year old Ruby, which is sung acapella-  that means with no musical accompaniment.

Did you know?

The Great Auk was a large flightless bird from the penguin species. It had very small wings which is why it couldn’t fly, but it was an excellent swimmer and spent lots of time in the waters of the North Atlantic.

They became extinct because humans used to hunt them for their meat, skin, beaks and eggs until there were none left.

Lyrics

I am skating on the ice,
Auk the great is by my side.
I am skating by the sea,
Auk the great won’t you stay with me?

La, la, la…

 

See you next week for the final Extinct Animal Song – the bonus track! 

The Ancient Man – Song No. 8

The lovely Ancient Man song’s solo is sung by 7 year old Isobel.

This week our funny little song is all about the Ancient Man – our ancestor from long, long ago. Scientists have lots of different names for ancient men and they have several theories about the human evolution and how we turned into the people we are today. There are also different ideas about where the ancient man used to live, but for our song we found a very friendly Ancient Man living right here in Crouch End, London!

And he even agreed to sing and record some of the song for us.


Here are the lyrics for you to sing along, and if you want to join in with the Ancient Man you need to use his ancient language, using the sounds ‘Bu-a’, ‘U-ba’ and ‘Aba-Nua’.

 

 

Lyrics

Bu-a Bu-a Aba-Nua
U-ba U-ba Ana-Bua

Ancient man was different than you and me,
Ancient man was hairy, hairy as can be.
Ancient man discovered how to light a fire,
Ancient man drew on the wall until his arm was tired!

Bu-a Bu-a Bu-a, Bu-a Bu-a Bu…

The Ancient Man and I hope you enjoy this week’s song – see you next week for a new Extinct Animal Song.

The Golden Toad – Song No. 7

Use the lyrics below for the sing-along part of the song, and sing your hearts out!  

The Golden Toad used to live in the tropical forests of Costa Rica (Central America) and there used to be plenty of them. But since 1989 no one has spotted a single Golden Toad, and so they were declared extinct. Scientists hoped that there might still be some species living underground, but none have been found to this day.

When we recorded this song back in 2010, three sisters who were taking part in the workshop came in one day with an article they had found in the newspaper that week, which by total coincidence was all about The Golden Toad, and other toad species and how scientists are still searching in the hope of finding all kinds of missing toad species.


Did you know?
As you can see in the newspaper picture above, the male golden toad was a golden colour, and its skin was shiny and bright. The female however was not golden at all – they were dark green or black with red and yellow spots! As the song tell us, The Golden Toad was also very small – only about 5 centimetres long (2 inches), which is about the size of a grown-up’s thumb.

 Lyrics:                                                                               

The golden toad from Costa Rica, the golden toad has disappeared.
The golden toad from Costa Rica, the golden toad has disappeared.
The golden toad he is so tiny, he would fit nicely in your hand,
The golden toad he might be hiding, maybe he’ll come and join our band.
The golden toad from Costa Rica, the golden toad has disappeared.
The golden toad from Costa Rica, the golden toad has disappeared.

Use these lyrics for the sing-along part of the song, and sing your hearts out!  

See you next week for another Extinct Animal Song!

The Dinosaur – Song No. 5

Welcome back!

This week’s special Halloween song is The Dinosaur song.

The instrument that starts off The Dinosaur song in the electric guitar, and it was recorded by the brilliant guitarist and guitar teacher Udi Glaser.

The dinosaurs were a very diverse group of animals that lived over 200 million years ago. There were many different kinds of dinosaurs: some lived on the land, some could fly, some could swim and lived in the water and some were a combination of these. They also came in all shapes and sizes. Some were gigantic, others were as small as a medium size dog.

    

Lyrics

Verse:
See the dinosaur roaming all the land, stomping up and down.
See the dinosaur flying in the sky, flapping all around.
See the dinosaur swimming in the sea, making giant waves.
See the animals run away from him – why are they afraid?

Chorus:
Because the dinosaur is the biggest one of all,
And how can an animal so big be gone?
It’s such a question!

*** Try making up actions and movements to go with the verse: find a movement for “stomping”, “flying”, “swimming” and “afraid” ***

Musical Challenge:

Go back and listen to the song “Don’t Forget Them” which is the first song of this project and see if you can hear The Dinosaur tune hidden in it.

Hint: It comes on when you hear the words “…gigantic asteroid that killed all the dinosaurs a long long time ago”.

People who study and explore skeletons and fossils of dinosaurs are called palaeontologists. Many dinosaur skeletons have been found all over the world, and you can see examples at the Natural History Museum.

Did you know?

The word dinosaur means “terrible lizard”, but actually dinosaurs aren’t part of the lizard family at all! It is believed that the closest living ancestors of the dinosaurs are the birds. Both the dinosaurs and the birds hatch out of eggs.

Did you also know:

Scientists believe that the dinosaurs became extinct about 65 million years ago because a huge asteroid (a rock from outer space) crashed into planet earth causing everything to shake up and many species of animals and plants to die out.

 

 

See you next week for another scary Halloween Extinct Animal Song!

 

* Page information written with help from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaur