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  • Birdsong Fun with Children

    In many countries around the world, International Children's Day is celebrated on 1 June. As like in Germany, the countries in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, such as Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia, celebrate this day, the day when children's dreams and interests take center stage. Even in the USA, in Ecuador, Portugal, and China the "Day of the Child" is celebrated on 1 June. Then kindergartens and schools organize summer and children's parties with games, sweets, dancing and music for the youngest. And of course, there are often small surprises. Here is a sounding suggestion from DAN MOI for a chirping children's day.

    Groowah

    The duck-call instrument Groowah is our own original invention. The special thing about the Groowah is its "big belly". Compared to traditional bird calls or bait instruments, the Groowah has a cavity through which a variety of sound variations can be generated by closing and opening a hand in front of the sound opening. The idea for the Groowah had DAN MOI founders Sven "Roxi" Otto and Clemens Voigt, who played together as musicians in the "Little Tongue Vibration Orchestra" and used usual duck-call instruments for special sound effects. These had only a small resonating cavity. To modulate the sounds, Roxi and Clemens therefore used both hands and formed a cavity in front of the exit of the duck calls. Closing and opening the hands created playful new sounds. Thus, the idea was born to build an instrument in which there is already a resonant cavity and in which only one hand instead of two hands are needed – an effect instrument that is able to provide lively, rhythmic sounds on stage.
    The prototype of the Groowah had to have a narrow neck, which opens into a 4 to 5 cm large, round cavity. With this idea, Clemens and Roxy went in search of a clever craftsman who could make such an instrument according to their ideas. In Vietnam, they found a master of his craft, who to this day makes the Groowah for DAN MOI. The Groowah is fun for children, teens and adults alike, it is easy to play and provides a great variety of playful sounds and rhythms.

    Twittering Birds - Water Warbler

    There are many other birdsongs that can be imitated with instruments. With the help of these small sound producers, children can get to know and explore bird sounds. Or just having a lot of fun, as with our funny Twittering Birds - small water warbler made of clay, which are filled with water and can be easily brought to happy chirping.

     

    Vogelpfeiferl Swazzle

    The Vogel-Pfeiferl is also very versatile. With this swazzle you can mimic the most varied birdsongs from the nightingale to the sparrows and it fits in every little pocket.

     

    The Chirping World of Birds

    A bird call effect whistle from France is used to imitate cuckoo and dove. The owl-call can be heard from differently sized Wooden Owls. There are also musical instruments that imitate tawny owls, blackbirds, geese, crows and many more.

     

    Wind Machine

    Our effects instrument for wind noise was actually used quite conventionally by ornithologists as a lure for jays or magpies. But we've already seen children summon the most powerful storms with it. ;-)

     

    The Most Beautiful Instruments for Children

    In addition to the bird calls and effect instruments you will find more exciting and playful sounds for young and old in our shop, e.g. shakers, nose flutes, sheep's voices, tambourines, crack insects and ocarinas, just to name a few.

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    The DAN MOI Team wishes you a lot of fun warbling on International Children's Day

  • Relaxation and movement: Francois Cesari and his music stories for children

    I enjoy the fact that I can open up the infinite world of sounds to a new generation”, states Francois Cesari in an email to us. Since 2015 DAN MOI supports the French jaw harp player and percussionist who was part of the trance music band Goayandi for a long time. His new band project is called Watt The Foxxx. When Francois is passionately talking about a new generation, it’s children aged between 6 months and 6 years that he has in mind. For the last 2 years he’s been regularly sharing sound experiences with them. On this mission, too, the instruments from DAN MOI are involved.

    Francois Cesari with a group of children making a pair of cymbals sound.

    In my music educational work I connect music with imagination. Together with the kids, I make up stories. But we not only talk, the animals and plants make sounds, too, and thereby come to live. If it’s about a turtle, I play the Handpan drum. Then the turtle meets other animals, which are all symbolised by sounds, such as frogs and birds.” The mood and the ideas of the kids play a central role in his approach. Eventually, the kids should be motivated to grab a music instrument themselves, or at least develop a stronger awareness of music and sound.

    Naturally, sound and movement are not disconnected. Francois’ method aims on stimulating the motor skills of the children and animating them to move and dance. Finding tranquility via sounds is equally important. “The babies are virtually hypnotised by the instruments. When they listen to the mouth harp, kalimba, wind chimes, or bells they become quite and relaxed. With the 2 year old kids or older you can do more things. For instance, I use bells, bird voices, Shaker, and Vibraslap. Each sound is assigned to a character and a certain motoric movement in the story.

    A DAN MOI Mouth Harp played by Francois with his former band Goayandi.

    When Francois is visiting a nursery with his program, he is getting maximum attention. The mix of listening, moving, and speaking helps the children to focus. Francois uses the instruments of DAN MOI for many of the exercises. He says, it is really a beautiful thing to see how sensible the children react to the auxiliary percussion and percussion instruments. “Your instruments are inspiring the kids to experience a vast variety of emotional moments: Sometimes, I use the jaw harp like a robot. Then they laugh. The thunder drum is making them awake and they are a little scared as well. They are surprised by the bird voices and they love dancing with the drums and percussions the most.

    The french percussionist Francois Cesari playing a live concert.

    A stimulating and active early musical education is what Francois Cesari desires. He made a lot of good experiences with that approach and he even considers putting it down on paper, so that other people can use it, too. Francois’ lessons are not only well remembered by the children. The teachers and parents are inspired by the playful way of dealing with music, too. They carry on doing some of the exercises with the kids themselves.

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