Mummy Mondays – Junior Jamming

Deakin Edge Melbourne Fed Square

The Urban Ma music

Junior Jamming with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Deakin Edge, Fed Square Melbourne

Working full time means that weekends are the days we get to take baby D out for some fun in the park, at the shops, in the backyard or at music jams. This term we’ve been enjoying Saturday mornings at Mini Maestros and last month the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra had their own jam session. Held at the gorgeous, 0pen space at Deakin Edge, Fed Square, 7 musicians and an engaging conductor took the kids through a musical journey. Suites from Peer Gynt were beautifully played right in front of us with the little ones getting in on the act shaking, clapping and dinging their percussion pieces!

The kids learnt how to use their castanets, tambourines, maracas, bells and triangles at different volumes and tempos and even got to stomp loud and strong for the finale number. Afterwards, the kids had a meet and greet with the musicians.

Such elegant music live for us to hear and be part of. I definitely would recommend this to all parents as a must-do activity to share with their kids. It is a free program however places have booked up fast so check out MSO’s website to put your name down for the wait list and for future events next year.

Junior Jam Melbourne Symphony orchestra
IMG_1731Daniel having a play with the french horn 

IMG_1729We had a nice chat with the oboe player and even found out that this instrument cost her around fifty to sixty thousand dollars!

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IMG_1727Daniel got startled by how loud the flute was able to be played!
IMG_1725We were shown how the snare drum worked
IMG_1713IMG_1710Out of all the things Daniel could’ve picked up, he chose the eggs!
IMG_1709 The Urban Ma Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Outfit of the day:

– beanie from Fred Bare Kids
– Bear jumper and skinny leg jeans by Target
– blue cardigan from Myer
– moccasins by Freshly Picked 

Greatness starts with the Arts

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“Greatness starts with the Arts” – Susan Wright, Author and Chair of Arts Education at the University of Melbourne.

“Of all the gifts with which individuals may be endowed, none emerges earlier than musical talent” (Gardner, 1983).

What a lovely  July morning for a trip to the Abbotsford Convent last week. The sun was shining and the air was fresh. I took Baby D with me to a Culture Mamas event where we listened to Susan Wright talk about the importance of drawing, mark-making and engaging in musical babble in early childhood learning. There was a moment in the talk where Susan demonstrated this and started to mimic the sounds that our chatty babies and toddlers were making. All of a sudden the noisy room went quiet as all the babies turned around listening to Susan copying their sounds “kahh kahh”, “ooh ooh”, “wee” – or in other words, she was talking to them in their language.

It’s always nice to see Daniel interacting with other babies – it makes me smile 🙂

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Randy Dragon Saturdays

It’s Thursday and I love Thursdays I count it as another day of the weekend! 😛 Haven’t been out in a while since I’ve been stuck into the books from the Hunger Games trilogy (nerd alert!) but if you’re looking for a place that plays great music, serves drinks with a smile, and has a cool, relaxed atmosphere, head to Randy Dragon on Saturday! Drink & dance to the sounds of DJ Atomik, DJ Weapon X, DJ Mush and DJ AStyles just to name a few! 🙂

Randy Dragon, located in Flinders lane betweem Elizabeth and Queen St, Melbourne.

If you’re wanting to download some cool mixes to listen to visit DJ Atomik’s soundcloud.