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Music "like food for the brain" for children


As a former opera singer and Kindermusik teacher for pre-schoolers in Sydney, musician Tina Harris, aka Lah-Lah from Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band, is well aware of the benefits of including music in the life of children.

Research shows there are many development benefits for children when they participate in music making, such as better language, emotional, social and physical skills. It may also relate to a higher IQ and overall greater academic achievement.

“Music is like brain food for children because it helps with their physical development, their emotional development and generally makes them smarter,” Harris said.

“As a parent if we could find something to give our kids that would make them happier and smarter, it would be music.”

And this is the reason Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band has partnered with Goodstart Early Learning - to bring more music in to the lives of preschool children.

“It’s a partnership that really makes sense for us because we share similar values. Goodstart is not-for-profit and children and families come first, and that’s why we are very proud to be working with them.”

Harris believes music has many benefits for children of all ages.

“It doesn’t matter what age kids are, they really respond to music,” she said. “When our children are little, we’re all really focused on what is happening right. We see music teaching them patience and perseverance. But when children get older and go to high school, there’s a real social aspect to it which is great.”

Celebrating their 10th birthday of performing throughout Australia, Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band is made up of Harris, her husband and co-founder Mark Harris (double bass), Matt Ottignon (saxophone), Gary Daley (accordion) and Nick Cecire (percussion).

The band will travel throughout Queensland during the September school holidays, and will then continue their tour throughout Australia with more than 30,000 families attending 75 concerts in 50 venues. 

“We’re also about to shoot a brand new television series at the moment so that’s also high on our agenda,” Harris said. Current Lah-Lah television shows are seen on ABC in Australia, and CBeebies in Australia, Universal Kids in America, Virgin Media in the United Kingdom and BBC and Knowledge Kids in Canada.

While they’re on tour, Harris and her husband will be joined by their two daughters, 15-year-old Lily and 12-year-old Emily.

“We take our girls on the road with us so that we can keep some family work/life balance which is great. They help out and work during the tour and are very much part of the group,” Harris said.

Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band is touring the best of show which follows their 2017 ARIA-nominated release Having Fun.

It introduces children and their families to the world of music and musical instruments with a cast including Mister Saxophone, Squeezy Sneezy, the piano accordion, Tom Tom on drums, Buzz the Bandleader, Lola the Dancing Double Bass and Lah-Lah.

Families enrolled at a Goodstart Early Learning centre can enjoy a 12.5 per cent discount on ticket purchases by visiting and using the code “goodstart”.

Families who book will also go into a draw to win a merchandise pack and pre-show VIP experience. For tour dates, visit


Posted by Goodstart
11 September 2018

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