The Oh Waily household is devoid of anyone with a clue about music, other than the ability to turn on the radio, set up the iPod (only just) and maybe, just maybe download music from the iTunes store.
So I am asking for assistance from you, if you are not tone deaf, do have a clue about music and as a bonus skill also have some experience of small children interacting with music.
We have had the same basic music for Miss Oh since she was a tiny tot. She currently loves her version of Carmen from Baby Einstein – it’s a medley. Please don’t cringe. I didn’t know any better before I purchased the CD. I wouldn’t do it again, I’d get the real thing since it has so much more depth than the stripped bare version for babies. (At least is sounds stripped bare and slightly tinny to my ear – feel free to laugh if you think I’m mad and / or deaf.)
So, her current selection is Baby Einstein and a couple of London Philharmonic tracks – William Tell and Flight of the Bumble Bee. We did have “Carnival of the Animals” by Saint-Saens, but it appears to have gone missing in my move from PC to Mac. It will be added back, should I ever discover where it has hidden itself.
My plan is to introduce different musical instruments to Miss Oh like we did with her animal families, so she becomes familiar with them. To make that more interesting I would like to have pieces of music which reflect the unique sound of each of the instruments. To begin with, I thought I would choose some very obvious instruments and work on from there. Here’s what I had in mind, feel free to offer different suggestions.
– Clarinet or Oboe (Unsure which would appeal most)
– Drum (Snare was my likely preference since it might have good appeal to small ears)
I thought that would be a fair starting point. Do you agree?
Now the tricky part – finding pieces of music that reflect those individual instruments, and hopefully will appeal to a toddler. This is where I need the most help. I am open to music old and new, as long as it gives a clear and fair representation of the individual instrument. I’d prefer not to have to buy CD after CD to achieve this, so iTunes here I come – one track at a time.
If you are able and willing to help, you can leave a comment, or if you feel that only a decently long email will do the trick to stop me corrupting my little one’s hearing and music appreciation for life then I am happy to hear from you that way too.
Thanks in advance from the Oh Waily children.