1.30.2012

school of rock-a-bye babies: album review and giveaway

We love music!  All kinds of music.  If you happen to be walking by our house (or visiting) you will hear all sort of music booming from our speakers.  From lullabies to rock en Español, from kids music to the classics like Mozart, from romantic boleros to 80's rock (hubby's favorite) ...cumbias...oldies...world music...you name it!  We love it all!  I guess you can say we have a very eclectic taste. 

So when I was contacted by fellow Californian Jen Haydn-Jones, Head of US operations for School of Rock-a-bye Babies, to see if I wanted to review one of her sister's albums I jumped right in!
photo credit: Marie-Anne Ventoura for school of rock-a-bye babies.
I'm glad I did.  Elizabeth Haydn-Jones' music is wonderful, perfect for little ones to follow and dance to.  Her voice is soothing yet uplifting. 

I love that she writes and composes all her songs!  She has a  much varied musical background and can play many instruments.  In fact, this particular album the kids and I reviewed, focuses on rhythm, melody and harmony as she introduces new instruments, like the violin, a guiro, the clarinet and many more.

This album is a perfect addition to our very eclectic collection, and although I know my kids are getting a bit old for some of these songs, they still enjoy them.  I have to admit though, I wish I would have known of Elizabeth and her music a lot sooner because her album would have gotten played even more than it has been.  It would also have been a perfect addition to the Music With Mommy class I use to teach (for the mom's club I am part of) when my little ones where wee little.  Needless to say, I totally recommend this album if you do teach such classes.   But if you don't and you live in London, UK or in California and would love to attend to music school for babies, toddlers and/or preschoolers, well you are in luck because they offer classes! Check out their website for more info.  You can also follow them on Facebook.

photo credit: Marie-Anne Ventoura for School of Rock-a-bye Babies.
I am currently interpreting for a local school program for children with speech delays and plan to recommend this album as well.  It is perfect to use during music time, because not only is it fun to listen and dance to, but it also has many repetition of word use, sounds, and movements. 

Here is a little glimpse of the first song in the School of Rock-a-bye Babies Volume 1 album:
Nice right?

GIVEAWAY CLOSED!

Now for that giveaway:
Elizabeth is graciously giving away two albums of School of Rock-a-bye Babies Volume 1 to two lucky readers.  All you have to do is leave a comment telling me why you would like to win one of her albums.  That's it!  I will select the winners using random.org.  Please only leave one comment.  If you make a mistake erase the first comment and re-post.  Giveaway is open until Friday Feb. 3rd midnight.  I will announce the winner on Monday February 6th.  
  
Note:  The three year celebration giveaway is also still  open for a chance to win one of my romantic handmade upcycled linen brooches!

Good luck! 





**Disclosure:  I will always only review things that I and my family will enjoy.  I was sent three albums, one for review and two to giveaway.  I received no compensation for this review.  All thoughts are my own.**