Visit http://www.musicwithmarnie.com/ and get transported into a Whole World of Child's PLAY!!!!
In This Blog Post
1. About the Children's Community Website
2. What Your Child Will Experience when Visiting www.MusicwithMarnie.com
3. The Many benefits of www.MusicwithMarnie.com
4. How the Idea of www.MusicwithMarnie.com came About
5. The People Behind www.MusicwithMarnie.com
1. About the Children's Community Website
Come PLAY at Marnie's House ANYTIME, ANYWHERE! This safe, educational and entertaining website will be a haven of joy for your child to learn, explore and create in. Each video and each on-line activity in Marnie's House will feed the hearts, the minds and the social, emotional and developmental growth of your child!
The Fun begins at http://www.musicwithmarnie.com/ where children can watch Marnie TV in their own 'personally decorated room' and get transported into Marnie's World: A world of imagination, creation, exploration, education and even a little fun meditation.
2. What Your Child will Experience when Visiting Marnie's World
Right from the home page your child will be inspired to PLAY and have fun! As soon as the site opens "Marnie" (that's me ;) pops out of the front door of 'her house' and invites the children to come and play! Children can click on the window of Marnie's House where they will get transported into Marnie's World.
'So let me tell you that your website is part of our daily life, it amazes me how Maya opens my computer, finds the Marnie bookmark, opens it and navigates through your website ALL ON HER OWN, I love it.'
G. Benito, Mexico City
Here Children can watch Marnie TV which includes a wide and ever-changing collection of children's videos.
In creating the site in like everything I do ~ I thought what would children like. First off, children love the characters. From there I developed different skits for each character where the characters are doing things that children enjoy!
There's a great selection of videos called MARNIE TV:
Music with Marnie - For those who took a Music with Marnie Class - it's kind of like that, but with the help of some funky backgrounds and props and a few visits from Marnie's furried friends.
Move with Mumbu the Monkey - Just one look at Mumbu the Monkey and you want to get up and boogie. Different video clips will have your child dancing, doing yoga, exercising, jumping and more!
Learn with Milton - Milton the Mosquito makes learning fun. From Math to Recycling there's something for everyone!
Laugh with the Snicker Snakes - Kevin and Cass the Two Little Snicker Snakes are always there for a little fun and simple belly laughter
Sign and Dance with Tula - Your child will learn basic ASL (American Sign Language) while singing, signing and dancing with Marnie & Tula the Kangaroo
Rock with Marnie - If your child likes seeing the Music with Marnie Band LIVE - He or She will definitely enjoy these videos
Country with Jethro - Get ready for a Ho Down - it's time to giddy up and get singing with Marnie and Jethro
Meditate with Marnie - Simple & Fun Meditations for calming the body or for just feeling plain ol' good!
"Marnie, I'm just emailing you to say how much we are ALL enjoying the videos that we downloaded. Last night I did the meditation with Evan before he went to bed and afterwords he looked at me as if to say 'thanks Mommy, thanks Marnie, thanks Mumbu' ... Thank you Marnie."
S. Vanderkooi, Campbell River, BC
Children can also decorate their own room in Marnie's house. From wallpaper to windows and furniture. It's all there in Marnie's World.
''My daughter and I played around on your website today. She loved it (she is 4 and just getting into computers) The website is great for this age group. She especially liked where you can decorate your room. Of course she made it all pink.''
K. Dunn, North Vancouver, BC
''Marnie, WOW! You and Kevin have done an amazing job!! The site is wonderful, and must have been so much work. Kudos to you for seeing it through. The decorating page gets two
Emmy-sized ''thumbs up'' off the bat, for being able to create a polka-dot couch. LOL! It's just great. The vids are so cute.''
S.Bradford-Wilson, Saskatoon Sask.
Children can also choose from games to play as well! There are two fabulous games made to two popular music with Marnie Tunes. Both games are beneficial for fine motor and cognitive skills and more importantly are a lot of FUN!
3. The Many benefits of http://www.musicwithmarnie.com/
~ It's FREE!!! (Most sites like this have a membership fee or a lot of adds - this site is free from both!!!!)
~ It's SAFE
~ It's FUN
~ It's Marnie, the Band, the Characters & MORE
~ It's Unique
~ It's always changing (new videos are being added every six weeks .... 'old' videos and all videos are available for download on the shop page)
AND ... the greatest thing is ... You can download ALL of the videos and ALL of Marnie's Songs and make a variety of mixed DVD's or CD's for your children and for their friends!
Looking for a birthday party theme or gift bag idea? Why not make the party a Mumbu theme and make a mixed DVD of the Mumbu videos for each child's grab bag!
4. How the Idea of http://www.musicwithmarnie.com/ came About
Well, I knew it was time for a change! In ten years of performing as a children's entertainer I have had many people approach me wanting to work on some fun project or another from TV shows to videos and video games to managing me and making music with me. Many offers have been great and enticing some have worked and others have not but all in all it's been an enriching experience.
Creating Marnie's world was a nice combination of many of my ambitions. It's like a mini TV show for kids, it's like an on-line Music with Marnie Class and it's like a collection of Marnie Videos. It's something that can consistently change and grow and never become stagnant!
My website was in need of a good over-haul so creating a site like this was the best option. Now it's a great site for children to enjoy, for parents to feel comfortable about their children using and it's also good for presenters, agents and managers as it gives them a great idea of what Music with Marnie is all about!
5. The People Behind http://www.musicwithmarnie.com/
Well ... there's a few great people that deserve recognition!
- all the videos were shot and edited by Cam Hayduk of Turtlebox Productions www.turtelboxproductions.com - Cam is awesome!!! Incredibly Creative and super FUN to work with!!!
- the artwork was done either by myself or by the Lovely Jennifer Norquist (who btw has made all of the costumes and puppets - Mumbu, Tula, Milton the Snicker Snakes and MORE) - She is such a talent and a great person!
- the web design was done by me and all by Andy Jenkins of www.freeflowcreative.com
- the idea of a community website was my husbands (and as many of you know my husband is an INTEGRAL part of Music with Marnie and just one awesome dude!!!!
- the music is always thanks to the Music with Marnie Band - especially Eduardo Ottoni (my drummer) as he and I write my music together plus everything is recorded and engineered by him in his studio. Eduardo has been a huge part of Music with Marnie from it's inception.
- by all the music with Marnie Fans who consistently inspire me to do what I do. I am FOREVER grateful to all the families you've all touched me so deeply over the years ... THANK YOU!
- through support and inspiration from my friends and family (my husband as mentioned) and my beautiful teacher Paramahamsa Nithyananda.
It's been a fun and incredible and ever-changing journey! Thanks for being a part of it.
The site changes every six weeks. Do add your name to this blog and also email me if you want to receive my newsletter .... that way you'll always be kept up to date on all Music with Marnie Events and happenings including any new children's videos or children's songs.
So come one and be a part of it. Usually sites like this cost money but this one is free for your child's learning and visual pleasure!
Visit the site today http://www.musicwithmarnie.com/
IT'S A WHOLE WORLD OF CHILD'S PLAY!!!!