High School Musical Solus – Play It! Sing It!

Sony’s PlayStation has its own appeal and its own niche consumers. When it was introduced in the market, owning one used to be a status symbol. The prices were high but the rage it created couldn’t be tempered down. The games that it came out with became super successful and its characters became cult figures.

For the first time on any gaming console, fans are being allowed to interact with the movie’s characters High School Musical: Sing It! The fans of the movie get to feel the real experience of being an intrinsic part of the musical. Creativity and skills of the players are tested as they get to mix and match their favourite movie characters, scenes and songs to themselves attain the star status. Getting to interact with your movie stars is one USP that makes this game the ultimate choice of all PS lovers. Meant for the entire family, the High School Musical Solus features motion-captured-choreography from the original movie’s dance routines.

The players are offered the option of three play modes- story, party and QuickPlay. The fans get to chose characters from amongst their favourite stars in the movie, viz. Gabriella, Troy, Ryan, Chad or Taylor. The game features super hit songs from the movie in solo or duet, such as Something New’ and ‘We’re All in this Together”. The story mode enables the players to live the movie through song and dance. Friends get to compete against each other in the party mode. And in the QuickPlay mode players can participate and become a part of any song, and choose from any character, environment or outfit that they have unlocked.

Features of the High School Musical Solus (PS)—

  1. You can Sing and dance to all the songs from ‘High School Musical,’ ‘High School Musical 2’ and other popular tracks by the Disney Channel stars
  2. The game includes motion-captured choreography from the original movie
  3. The players get to choose their favorite scenes from the original ‘High School Musical’ movie
  4. Perform in either duet or solo mode
  5. Choose from 3 modes available-Story, Party or Quickplay Mode
  6. The PS2 version is compatible with SingStar technology

The Quickest Way to Learn Music, Keyboard Playing and More

There is so much you can learn as an adult. Make no mistake, the quickest way to learn music, keyboard playing or alike is to have a great instructor. The surprise to some is that the instructor can be online and the results are even better. Long story short, you can learn everything you want and have always wanted to learn by finding a program that teaches you the most effective way possible. After years of music lessons I can tell you that in person classes are not the most effective or most productive. You can do much more and PianoForAll can help you if you are interested in learning at home.

You are going to practice and play at home, so it makes sense to learn music, keyboard playing and other skill sets at home. I rave about PianoForAll because of the order in which people are taught. You don’t learn one note at a time and then a week later put three of them together. Instead you work book by book, they are interactive to make it even better, and each book has a theme or focus.

The first book and the first lesson allow you to make melodies that people will recognize and mistake for years of experience as opposed to a few hours of practice. You don’t have to take my word for it and you probably won’t but you can take the word of many others before you who will gladly attest, individually, that this method is the best. Don’t delay any longer; how long have you been wanting to do this? I have a feeling you came here hoping there was a way you could learn music, keyboard playing or piano playing rather, and be able to do it online. Now that you know it’s possible, all you have to do is follow through, so do not stop now.

Developing a Musical Child

“Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young.” ~Socrates

Parents who put their children to musical learning at a young age must have known that they are putting in a very good investment. All the more enlightened are parents who enroll their young in MUSIC and MOVEMENT classes, where a musical child is developed before a child musician is made.

In a musical environment where foundational musical experiences involving the whole child – mind, body and spirit – form the basis of the developmental process, a solid musical foundation is laid that ensures much more sustainable musical development for the child in years to come. Such musical foundation includes developing a true passion and motivation for this art, musical discernment, auditory acuity, pitch and rhythmic competence, motor coordination, and expressiveness.

As an area of learning, music is a challenging topic that requires perseverance and inspirations. Many children had ‘fallen out’ with their musical pursuit within a short time because they were ‘jump-started’ in their musical development, going into learning to play an instrument before any of the above musical skills were in place. It is evident in children who were fortunate enough to be nurtured musically before being put to the rigors of formal music instructions, which they are much more likely to thrive and succeed in playing the instrument well.

The type of pre-instrumental music instructions that nurtures holistically a musical child should be started as early as infancy, but taken to a higher plane at 4 – 6 years of age. These are often weekly group sessions that engage children in a fun and developmentally appropriate manner. The following areas of development must be in place:

• Vocal development – the voice is the most important musical instrument that every child possesses. A musical child ought to be able to sing in pitch.

• Listening development – the human ear is able to process information and discriminate between sound sources and discern qualities of sounds. It also governs attention and focus. A musical child will have a high command of this important sensory faculty.

• Movement development – dexterity, and coordination are motor skills required to play instruments well. Children who have danced and moved and experienced use of their body in a variety of ways will be able to transfer the same skills onto instrumental playing with ease. Music, when played expressively on an instrument, needs to be supported by an equally expressive body movement. A musical child will be relaxed and uninhibited in expressing his music through the body.

• Simple Instrumental Play that promotes eye-hand coordination and pitch association – the skill of reading music and playing at the same time is a challenge faced by many musicians. A young child can be prepared for this by working with simple melodic instruments like xylophones or glockenspiels.

• Musical ensemble works – music is a community art form that is most enjoyable when playing together with others. Different tasks requiring different levels of competence in a musical ensemble allow children of different abilities to enjoy playing together and making ‘complex’ music. Ensemble opportunities in music classes also promote focus and confidence – both important traits for musicians.

• Music Literacy – reading and writing and composing music can be as easy as ABC if the child starts learning musical notations and putting them in musical context. This can start at age 4.

• Learning about musical styles and genres, composers, musical instruments, and musical terminology – these are all knowledge that widens a musical child’s horizon.

To accomplish all these, the weekly session should be at least 60 minutes long and preferably inclusive of parents or caregiver in a portion of the session. So that each child gets sufficient individual attention, the group should not be larger than 12 – 15.

If the child loves what he does in a music class, he will be much more likely to make music his life-long passion, whether or not he chooses the path of becoming a professional musician.

The Musical Classroom Experience:

• Vocal enhancement and singing – The use of musical language may sound odd to the average person, but it plays a vital role in preparing children for reading and writing easy rhythm patterns. You will hear tonal sounds like “do”, “re” “mi” and combination of rhythm and pitch like “mi-mi”, “ti-ti” and “fa-fa”. This is the language of music.

• Moving – Children already love to dance, and this kind of musical program encourages moving and dancing to the rhythms of musical pieces. This exercise helps improve coordination and promotes musicianship.

• Musical reading and writing – Children learn about pitch, rhythmic notation, melodic notation and musical notes which will lead to their own compositions over the course of these classes.

• Attentive listening – Since young children love music already, they will be attentive and focused on learning the sounds of various instruments and develop the ability to identify them. Music classes like these also aid in learning more about the works of the master composers.

• Musical instrument exploration – The children will be given real instruments including percussion, stringed, keyboards and woodwind instruments in order to introduce them to all the choices they have in them. This opens up the opportunity for musical development before starting any kind of formal lessons.

Music plays a vital role in not only the musical development of children, but also vocabulary, verbal skills, math, emotional self-control and physical coordination. This is one of the best ways to give your child the gift of an early musical education that you can share with them.

The Musical Play Dates Guide

Kids absolutely love music, and they love to play games set to music! Nothing can quickly grab or hold their attention more easily than music. It is a strong catalyst for learning, creativity and development of language, movement and social skills. It has the power to captivate and charm young imaginations, giving children the wings to explore the world that surrounds them and delight the senses.

Musical play dates offer parents the opportunity to share in their child’s discovery of the music and singing, social skills and help them begin to grow a circle of friends. You can have a lot of fun when a play date incorporates the world of music! Here is our musical play date guide to turn your play date into a number one hit!

The Hokey Pokey

I’m sure you remember the song… “You put your right foot in, you put your right foot out…” a favorite of every child. The Hokey Pokey is one of several circle dances. It is a great song to teach your child their right from their left, teach body parts and body movement. For younger children, you can use colored stickers on their hands to identify which is their left or right.

Animal Walk Parade

While playing music, have the children dance and walk the way their favorite animal would. Include all kinds of animals, such as a bird, snake, bear, etc.

Music & Motion

This is a fun activity to have children experience movement as it relates to the music or rhythm they hear. Simply instruct each child to physically move how the music makes them feel. You’ll soon see them tiptoeing or swaying to soft music, marching to the beat of a parade song, run for fast music, hop and bounce for music that makes them feel happy, or stomp their feet to the rhythms they hear.

Toot! Toot!

This fun song activity will help your child learn to listen. Take a fun song the kids are very familiar with, such as Jack & Jill, Humpty Dumpty, This Old Man, or Old MacDonald had a Farm. Sing the song to your child, but substitute wrong words or names in obvious places. For example, perhaps instead of a farm, Old MacDonald had a dog or maybe Jack and Jill went up the tree. When your child hears the wrong words have them sing “Toot-Toot!”

Musical Hugs

This puts a twist to the musical chairs game, but in this case, no one looses! It’s a great ice breaker for play dates. Simply round up some of your favorite kids CD’s. Instruct each child to dance and move to the music. When it stops, the children have to stop dancing and hug a friend. As the children become more acquainted, you’ll soon find 2 – 3 kids hugging each other in a group. End the session in one big group hug!

Pass the Bear

Another good ice breaker and helps children learn each other’s names. Have the kids sit in a circle. Hand a stuffed bear to one of the children to start the game and sing this song to the tune of Row-Row-Row Your Boat: “My friend (child’s name) has the bear— hug him with great care! Pass him on to my friend (next child’s name) because we like to share!” On the word “share,” instruct the child to give the bear to the next child named. Repeat for each child.

Freeze Dance

A twist on the Red Light, Green Light game. Instruct the children that when the music plays, they can dance, jump, hop and move about. When the music stops, they have to freeze in whatever pose they are in when the music stops playing— still as a statute (you may need to demonstrate to younger kids). Instead of holding a pose, you can also have everyone drop to the floor and sit until the music starts again.

What Music Looks Like

This activity incorporates both the world of music and art. Pick 2 – 5 songs—- anything from funny songs to classical or slow music (make it a mix). A couple of our original songs are great for this activity, such as A Sweet Little Silly Song or the City Zoo. Hand each child enough sheets of paper for each song, and some crayons. Instruct them to draw what the music of each song sounds like to them— what they hear and feel. You’ll see some creative art. At the end of the game, have each child pick their favorite picture, and hold it up for all to see.

Follow Me!

A musical version of follow the leader will get the kids moving! While the music plays, the leader leads the group around. When it stops, the leader goes to the end of the line and the next child leads. Usually best to have an adult start. As you lead the children, wiggle your arms, turn in circles, flap your arms, hop, squat like a duck, fly like an airplane— demonstrate lots of different movements to give the kids ideas when they lead.

A-B-C & 1-2-3 Dancing

This is the perfect game for toddlers starting to learn their letters or numbers. It is best done in a large family or recreation room. Use masking tape to make the shapes of the letters or numbers the children are working on learning. Make it as large as possible. Turn on some fun kids music and have your toddlers dance around. When the music stops, have them go to the letter or number you call out.

Great Balls of Fire!

A twist on the old game, hot potato— instead of a potato, we use colored flashing light balls. This one is fun on rainy or snowy day with the lights dimmed. Hand each child except one, a flashing light ball. Have the children sit in a circle. As the music plays, the children pass the lights around the circle until the music stops. When the music stops, the boy or girl not holding a light sits in the middle now out of the game. Remove a ball from the circle and continue the game. Be sure to let each child leave with a light ball when they go home!

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