Tunes for Tiny @ Kildare!

Tunes for Tiny (Week 1 19th May)

These workshops are being run as a collaboration with Riverbank Arts Centre and Kildare CCC for childcare educators in the county. These sessions booked up quickly but we hope to run the series again in the near future! 

I had the pleasure of being invited to attend the Tunes for Tiny sessions part sponsored by Kildare CCC every Tuesday for 4 weeks from 19th May.  I had no idea what to expect particularly when asked to arrive with eclectic items such as pinecones, leaves, carrots, spring onions and a small container.  What was in front of me?  Artist in charge Thomas Johnson entertained us brilliantly.  It was fun and engaging with lots of food for thought (no pun intended). 

Matching Aistear and Siolta often feels like a chore to educators filling in forms but this was pure magic in action.  Included in the hour was aural awareness, vocal awareness, later in the series we will cover movement through play exploring and experimenting with sound and instruments in a new and revolutionary way.  It was a multi-sensory hour-long experience that brought Aistear and Siolta to life in a vivid Kaleidoscope of sounds through zoom.  We covered all four Aistear themes and a number of each of the goals would have been explored and delivered in a new and exciting way.

The interactions during the session were respectful, playful, enjoyable and rewarding.  Each participant was encouraged to participate as fully as possible.  Thomas explained that this sort of interaction through music gave the educator endless possibilities in terms of positive reinforcement and interactions.  The educator could give feedback on what they were doing in a meaningful way affirming the child’s efforts, celebrating their progress and achievements and helping them learn from mistakes in a respectful and meaningful way.  It was such a pleasure to witness and be part of this I am really looking forward to the three weeks and would suggest to anyone to sign up whenever they decide to run this again.  (sadly this session is booked out)

Building relationships, facilitating, organising and directing can all happen seamlessly through music  in a real and meaningful way.  Children can be encouraged to do things for themselves and direct their own learning.  Choice can be offered and children encouraged to judge for themselves how well they have done.  All children are afforded the opportunity through the musical environment to feel safe and nurtured, they can very easily be included in decision making and help to solve their own problems. 

Even through zoom (which was not an easy platform for Thomas so bualadh bos from us here in KCCC) there was lots of work on literacy naming each item as we went along.  Feedback was constant both verbal and non-verbal even through zoom. 

Well done Riverbank and Thomas Johnston.