We are excited to announce that Ms. Tamurra will be re-joining the Kidstunes team this summer, just in time for the Music Around the World multicultural unit! Ms. Tamurra previously taught with Kidstunes for four years in the Raleigh area.
Tamurra has been singing her whole life. She is currently a soloist at her church, She majored in music at Abington Senior High School and is currently continuing her education at Liberty University so that she can have her "very own Music Academy some day". She volunteers at her Community Church Cary Church of God working with children ages 2 to 13 when they have musical occasions. She worked with Kids R Kids as a floater teacher for five years and as a nanny for multiple children from infants and older, sharing her musical talent whenever possible. She loves using the ukulele as an accompanying instrument and learning tool. She enjoys traveling on mission trips and with the choir. Being raised in a musical family has kept Tamurra grounded in loving music all these years.
Animals of Australia
Try this simple song from Australia, sung to the tune of Frère Jaques. This song (found on mamalisa.com) is about animals native to Australia. You can add to the song using animals that you see in the neighborhood around you, or animals from books that you read together. This song allows you and your child to use your imaginations in pretending to be the animals in your movements. When you add your own verses you and your child can play around with rhyming which helps with preparing for and improving reading skills, as well as improving oral skills. You can also add as much or as little movement as you like!
Barramundi, barramundi (hands together, in fish-like swaying)
Cockatoo, cockatoo (one hand on head, fingers up)
Cuddly koala, cuddly koala (arms cradling and rocking)
Kangaroo, kangaroo (hopping)
Additional example verses, made up by the children in a class:
Slithering snake, slithering snake (one arms moves in a snake-like motion)
Barking dog (woof), barking dog (woof)
Little tiny kitten, little tiny kitten (purr) (wash face like a cat)
Bouncing frog, bouncing frog (get down on
This exciting introduction to the Kidstunes Multicultural unit takes students on a “trip” around the world! We will “visit” different countries each week to learn how children all over the globe celebrate with music! Through songs, dances, musical games, unique instruments, crafts, and traditions from cultures across all the continents, students will get a true taste of many venues. They will even have their very own “passport” and receive a stamp upon arrival at each destination!
Parents and teachers, if you have any items or experience from another country that may help us with this unit, and you’re willing to share, please let us know! Your first-hand knowledge, souvenirs, and involvement will truly enhance our journey! We have LOTS of fun with this series and aim for a truly multicultural experience for all!
It’s Summertime! Exciting adventures are on the horizon. As we conclude our unit on Moods and Styles of Music, we will soon embark on a very special journey - “Music Around the World!” - by visiting many different countries to explore how children from all over the globe celebrate with music! We’ve collected wonderful songs, dances, musical games, unique instruments, crafts, and traditions from various cultures. Each week we will “travel” to a different venue and explore their culture. Your children will help create their very own passport and receive a stamp at each destination!
Parents, if you have any experiences or items from another country that you’d be willing to share with us this summer, please drop us a note or call to let us know! While you can send souvenirs in with your child, we welcome you to come share with us in person, if possible. We hope to give our students a true Multicultural musical experience this summer, and your first-hand knowledge will only enhance our efforts!
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