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DEBUT ALBUM 'BOUNCE!'
J Edna Mae is absolutley delighted and proud to be releasing her debut children's album 'BOUNCE!' in October 2019! A passionate believer in the power of music and the joy it can bring to children's lives, J Edna Mae's vast teaching experience can be heard in each one of these songs. She has taught extensively, both in the UK and was Head of a prestigious international school in Asia which had over 50 different nationalities amongst the children! The songs are beautifully packaged in a combination of captivating stories, foot tapping pop, hooky sing along tunes and cool reggae beats to rap to, and are highly appealing to both children and adults alike.
'Bounce!' has been a wonderful family affair as J Edna Mae is joined by her incredibly amazing children, who sing and rap fantastically through pop songs, reggae and pop ballads! This very special eclectic group of songs grew out of her Doctoral research on music and emotion and aims to nurture well being, self esteem and confidence in children. Most suitable for children ages 5 to 11 years old they are super fun to sing and dance to but each song has a stong message which can help children negotiate the 21st Century demands of the world around them.
For example, in the song 'Bounce!' children learn about coping with cyber bullying by telling themselves 'I'm in charge of the way that I feel!'. In the story song 'Walk the Plank' the message is simply, have a go at something and don't worry too much if you're going to be brilliant or absolutely no good at all, just take a chance and don't overthink it. 'Giant' deals with feelings of anxiety in children and teaches them to take lots of small steps, praising them and telling them they 'can be a giant standing on a mountain top'.
A CREATIVE LEARNING TOOL FOR SCHOOLS
The 'Bounce!' album is also designed to be used as a learning tool in the school environment, particularly in subjects like personal and social education, creative writing, language development, and of course music and movement. Some songs have also been designed for children to play along to on the ukulele, which is a fantastic and accessible instrument for children this age to learn. In fact, Professor Susan Hallam, MBE ( https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=SHALL07 ) fully endorses J Edna Mae's creative approaches to music in education, which she describes as ''promoting learning, well being and creativity in all children, especially those children who are presenting with social, emotional and behavioural difficuties."
Although not released yet, some of the tracks on Bounce!' have already won a prestigious Global Music Award! So enjoy the sugary pop, bounce and rap to the reggae, laugh, smile clap and whistle along with the pop, and sometimes find a quiet corner to listen to some gentle acoustic guitar strumming