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Videos of Musically Creative Children

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Subject: Videos of Musically Creative Children
From: Azizi
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 12:36 PM

Surfing YouTube, I've come across some videos of musically creative children. By "musical creativity", I mean singing, playing instruments, and dancing to music.

I looked for a Mudcat thread on this topic, but didn't find one. If there is such a thread, please post a link to it. I'm going to post links in this thread to some of the videos I've found. And I hope that others share any such videos that they have found.

I'm also been looking for videos of children playing singing games, doing handclap rhymes, non-competitive Double Dutch, and other playground games. But these are difficult to find. If anyone happens upon any of these videos, please add them to this thread. Since singing and performing playground rhymes are a foundation for musical creativity & dance choreography, I don't consider these kind of videos to be off-topic.

Given the large number of videos that are posted to public video sharing sites such as YouTube, good videos on any subject are hard to find. However, I think that it's particularly difficult for people searching for good children's videos on such sites because of some videos have titles that appear to be appropriate for children but aren't, and even videos whose content is appropriate often have comments that are offensive, or otherwise inappropriate.

And yes, I know that I should post some videos on YouTube of children I've met and worked with. That's one of my goals for the upcoming year.

Full disclosure: I'm interested in identifying videos for possible addition to my Myspace page http://www.myspace.com/cocojams and also possible posting on my website www.cocojams.com.

Thanks, in advance, for your participation in this thread!


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Subject: RE: Videos of Musically Creative Children
From: Azizi
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 12:38 PM

8 year old guitar whiz Quinn Sullivan and Buddy Guy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix4TNJvVk8M&NR=1

The legendary blues guitar hero, Buddy Guy, invites 8 year old guitar whiz Quinn Sullivan on stage for an impromptu jam!!!


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Subject: RE: Videos of Musically Creative Children
From: Azizi
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 12:46 PM

6 yr old Djembe Drummer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7kMm6pu6iU&feature=related

Isaiah Chevrier {born in the USA and lives with his family in Mali, West Africa}


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Subject: RE: Videos of Musically Creative Children
From: Azizi
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 12:50 PM

Chloe Collier singing "Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer" December 20, 2006 at her school's Christmas program:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qMTm1qQpFI&feature=related


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Subject: RE: Videos of Musically Creative Children
From: Azizi
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 12:54 PM

11 year old Declan Galbraith sings "Tell Me Why"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjXTrNxTeSs&feature=related


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Subject: RE: Videos of Musically Creative Children
From: Azizi
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 01:00 PM

The Mississippi Children's Choir {1994}-His Eye Is On The Sparrow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bEm20KkCOs&feature=related

The soloist in this video is Byran Wilson, who has recorded gospel CDs as an adult.


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Subject: RE: Videos of Musically Creative Children
From: Azizi
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 01:05 PM

Kaitlyn singing "Somewhere Out There"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmIY4Dw9byc&feature=related

"America's Got Talent June 17th, 2008; 4 year old Singing "Somewhere Out There"


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Subject: RE: Videos of Musically Creative Children
From: Melissa
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 01:19 PM

My connection is too slow for youtubing, so I can't give links..but there is a young yodeler (Taylor) and several young fiddlers (Old Time) on there.

'yodel' and 'old time fiddle' ought to find them easily if you're interested.


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Subject: RE: Videos of Musically Creative Children
From: Piers Plowman
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 01:22 PM

Hello Azizi,

You may already know about this, but a few years ago I heard a program on the radio about a music teacher who recorded his classes somewhere in Britain singing pop songs of the time, which was around the 1970s. At the time, it was a little unusual for music classes to be singing those kinds of songs. He had a record made to give to the pupils and much later it was turned into a CD and became kind of a hit. I don't remember whether it had at the time; I don't think so. They played a song or two and they were very charming. Not slick, just a piano and kids singing. The one I remember was a girl singing solo, but I suppose there were some with a chorus.

That's all I know about it; perhaps someone here has heard of it.

I quite liked it.


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Subject: RE: Videos of Musically Creative Children
From: Azizi
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 01:23 PM

I believe that encouraging the recognition & development of creativity in children can help children develop & reinforce self-confidence, cognitive skills, and social skills.

I further believe that encouraging creativity in children can introduce them to a life long appreciation of the pleasures that come from being creative themselves and from celebrating & supporting the creative products of others.{If you "train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it" -Proverbs 22:6}

And lastly, I find watching videos of children being creative to be aesthetically pleasing.


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Subject: RE: Videos of Musically Creative Children
From: Azizi
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 01:32 PM

I'm not sure if this is the Taylor or the video that you were referring to Melissa, but here's a video of 11 year old
Taylor Ware yodeling from America's Got Talent competition:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i-USnaJAIo&feature=related

**

Thanks to all who have posted to this thread thus far. Please keep the examples and the comments coming!


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Subject: RE: Videos of Musically Creative Children
From: Melissa
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 01:34 PM

Yes, that would be the one I meant..I couldn't remember if Taylor was her first or last name.


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Subject: RE: Videos of Musically Creative Children
From: Vic Smith
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 01:35 PM

Two-year old Jali Sherrifo Kouyate from Brikama in The Gambia

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=n5pW91FthfU


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Subject: RE: Videos of Musically Creative Children
From: Azizi
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 02:06 PM

Here are two videos that show the creativity of girls doing singing games and handclap rhymes:

Pizza Pizza Daddy O

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2YodFqZ7nQ

"[clips from] A 1967 film by Bob Eberein and Bess Lomax Hawes that looks at continuity and change in girls' playground games at a Los Angeles school"

-snip-

Visit http://www.folkstreams.net/context,201 for transcriptions and purchase information for the complete DVD.

**

The Black Ship

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMTOTzGDHyQ

composed by 6 year old Julie and 5 year old Abigal


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Subject: RE: Videos of Musically Creative Children
From: Azizi
Date: 09 Dec 08 - 02:16 PM

Thanks for letting us know about that video, Vic.

I wrote a comment to that video that it's good to see a father encouraging creativity in his child. I also wrote that it's great to see videos of the balafon and the kora, two traditional West African instruments.


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Subject: RE: Videos of Musically Creative Children
From: Vic Smith
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 06:34 AM

Azizi says:-
Thanks for letting us know about that video, Vic.
And thanks to you for your interest.

There's other videos and a lot more about some of our Gambian interests on one of our websites at http://www.compoundsounds.com


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Subject: RE: Videos of Musically Creative Children
From: Azizi
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 08:44 AM

Thanks, Vic for posting a link to your interesting website. I have a friend who is from The Gambia. I'll pass this link on to him, too.

**

Thanks also, Piers Plowman, for sharing information about the CD produced in the 1970s in Britain of a school music class singing pop songs. I'm sorry that I don't know about that CD. I can imagine that even then the music teacher had to be careful about which pop songs that were selected for such a project. And nowadays so many of the lyrics are so sexually explicit that a teacher would really have to carefully choose which songs students would record.

Of course, many of the students already know the words to these explicit songs.

Sigh.

:o(


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Subject: RE: Videos of Musically Creative Children
From: Azizi
Date: 10 Dec 08 - 09:02 AM

Here's a video of urban school students in the United States learning salsa dancing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnX1wxyJ28k

I like this video mostly because of the comments from the students & a parent of one of the students about what this experience means to them.

**
That video reminds me of the movie "Take The Lead".

Here's a video trailer for that movie which is based on a true story of Pierre Dulaine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yWRRvTBUz4

For more information, visit the official website on the film: http://www.newline.com/properties/takethelead.html. Here's the summary from that website.

"Take the Lead is an inspirational drama based on the life of Pierre Dulaine, a Manhattan dance teacher and competitor who volunteers his time to teach ballroom dancing to a diverse group of New York inner-city high school students serving detention. The students are initially skeptical of Dulaine, especially when they learn what he's there to teach them, but his unwavering commitment and dedication slowly inspire them to embrace his program. In fact, they even take it one step further and combine Dulaine's classical dance with their unique hip-hop style and music to create a high-energy, unique fusion. As Dulaine becomes a mentor to his students, many of whom haven't had much to strive towards in their lives, he inspires them to hone their skills for a prestigious city ballroom competition, and, in return, they share with each other valuable lessons about pride, respect and honor".

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Fwiw, I've seen this movie, and I'd give it 5 stars!


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