Ellen Allard Music Meets the Stretchy Band
I keep thinking about this song and it just may become Bear Paw Creek’s theme song. Do businesses have theme songs?
As I say often, I love these connections I keep making around music and movement and our props.
This time the connection is, Ellen Allard. Hold on to your hats – you are in for a treat!
Introducing Ellen Allard
Who is Ellen? A bit about her follows below and click here to head to her about page if you want to learn more.
She has been privileged since 1976 to perform children’s concerts and present teacher workshops/keynotes, seamlessly moving between both the Secular and the Jewish world of Early Childhood. She loves singing with kids. And she loves singing with kids and their grown-ups. Small groups, large groups, schools, synagogues, churches, festivals, libraries, community centers. From the moment Ellen begins her concerts, everyone is singing, dancing, moving and grooving.
How did we get connected? I stumbled across this video of her showcasing how to use the stretchy band with the song “Bim, Bom”.
I sent her an email and then we caught up on the phone. She has so much energy, enthusiasm, and willing to jump in and try anything. I also found our original connection was none other than…….. Carole Stephens from Macaroni Soup!
Below you will learn more about how and why she loves the stretchy and that we’ve teamed up for another great giveaway.
Stretchy Band: A Prop That Makes My Music Teaching Heart Soar
Ellen just published a post all about the stretchy band on her blog at EllenAllard.com. In it she shared some of her top reasons why she loves using the stretchy band to teach music. Here they are.
- Kids LOVE hands on activities. It keeps them focused. It gives them something to do that is movement-based.
- The movement of the band, generated by the movement and direction of the kids’ hands, helps to reinforce the beat. Internalizing and being able to keep the beat is an important musical skill. As well, there is rhythm and beat in EVERYTHING from reading to math to walking. When you give kids an opportunity to experience the beat, it will definitely support rhythm in everything else they encounter.
- Using the stretchy band in a group builds a sense of community and camaraderie. It helps children feel connected to others in the group.
- Using the stretchy band in a group encourages cooperation. If one child doesn’t follow the directions being given for using the band, it will make it difficult if not impossible for the rest of the group to use the band accordingly. Conversely, it helps children feel connected when they cooperate with everyone in the group.
Here is another taste of her music from her YouTube Channel.
So we’ve teamed up to bring another giveaway that will bring free music and movement into someone’s hands that other people will also benefit from. What’s not to love about that?
You will be entered to win 4 connect-a-stretchy band (equals 1 XL stretchy band) and Ellen’s cd “Sing It! Say It! Stamp It! Sway It!” as a physical or digital copy.
Enter the giveaway by clicking and leave a comment on this post on how you would use the stretchy band and music!