The power of music will be harnessed during free Love to Sing workshops.
Linda Adamson, the creator of the multi-platinum and acclaimed Love to Sing products, is putting on the workshops with the support of the Auckland Council and Auckland City YMCA.
One of the aims of the council's 2012 Auckland Plan is to help reduce the isolation of families living in the city, particularly immigrants who may have few opportunities to interact with others.
The council identified music as a great way to bring people together and enhance childhood development.
"It's a lovely community thing to do, there are a lot of isolated families out there," Ms Adamson says.
As an immigrant herself, she understands the challenges and is keen to use music to help forge connections.
"When you sing together you form a bond."
Ms Adamson is a music lecturer, facilitator, kindergarten teacher and performer and knows the value action songs provide.
The songs will engage the children by using props, costumes and well-recognised characters, such as Big Ted and Jack in the Box.
Participants will be encouraged to bring their home made music props and instruments.
"It's a really nice way to interact with your kids, and you can bring it back into your homes," Ms Adamson says.
"Imagine the difference in the world if we would just share one song with a child each day. Singing releases happy endorphins, and when children sing children learn," she says.
The 35-minute sessions start on October 23 and run weekly for eight weeks at the Auckland City YMCA, corner of Pitt St and Greys Ave.
Go to childrenloveto sing.com or call 303 2069 for information or to secure a spot.
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