Who and Where it came from?
Singamajigs started in March 2006 out of a love for sharing music with our own children. We had realised that singing was increasingly important within our home environment. Singing songs had become second nature as a family as we took look trips in the car, or had unsettled children as we tried to push around the supermarket. I had grown up with my mother always singing and had known nothing different and thought everyone did the same. However it became evident as the boys entered school life that some children had never had that which we thought was so normal.
Singamajigs grew out of a love for sharing, with children and their parents. Community singing has decreased over the years, so is not naturally done. So Singmajigs hopes to pass on a love and knowledge of singing with this and the future generations. Children who sing from an early age, increase their listening, speech and reading skills. Why would you not want to pass this on?
Karen Allen, with the support of husband Richard and three children, developed Singamajigs that has grown and grown. Without all the support of my family especially my husband being a mum in business would probably have meant I would have given up at the first hurdle, if it hadn’t been for the support of my husband, Richard saying go on you can do it!!!
After the birth of our third child, Oliver, we decided that jiggling three children, school holidays and nursery was going to be too much, and that I would take time out and gave in my notice as an Interior Designer and exchanged my hectic life of running round in the car dropping children at school and nursery to what I thought would be slightly quieter at home.
Whilst at home we did lots of Mummy and Baby activities, but for me there was still something missing.
Singamajigs has been born out of the joy of sharing music and songs with my own children whilst I was at home. We would make songs up as we walked down the street or on many an occasion as we walked around the supermarket and played at home.
Singamajigs first and for most was for my own children, they loved making lots of noise on whatever we could find, from jam jars to pots and pans. The kitchen floor could make a wonderful place to start a percussion time. Like many mums singing and dancing around the house was wonderful way to fill in those rainy afternoons. With the creative flair and the love for music and singing we started to write songs and put ideas together.
Singamajigs now helps children and grown ups to express themselves through music. To help the child create a love for music, we are not trying to find our next Beethoven or standing there saying your child is better than mind. Each child that attends the group takes away something from it each week which can be carried forward in the years ahead.
Within a weekly session the children have time to express themselves, whether it is with instruments, singing, actions or dancing. The sessions are full of life and are very busy.
I feel really privileged as a person to be able to share in so many families’ lives. Singamajigs has become my extended family and we have been able to share in some very special moments in children’s lives.