Comment News (Gosnells) - - Lifestyle - Sara Fitz­patrick

TINA Har­ris has a mes­sage for par­ents – get out your pots, pans and bot­tles filled with rice and lentils and let your lit­tle ones bang away.

Best known as striped-sock wear­ing songstress Lah-Lah, of ABC Kids TV se­ries Lah-Lah’s Ad­ven­tures, Har­ris is singing the praises of early child­hood mu­sic.

She said mak­ing noise at home while mu­sic was play­ing could have enor­mous ben­e­fits for pre-school­ers and younger kids, help­ing with brain devel­op­ment, so­cial skills, phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and read­ing.

“Re­search has been done re­cently where they can show that a lit­tle one, about three or four, who can tap along in time to mu­sic is ac­tu­ally ready to learn to read,” the Syd­ney-based singer said.

“With a lit­tle one who can’t do that, they can usu­ally track where they will have de­vel­op­men­tal is­sues with read­ing and

writ­ing – it’s re­ally amaz­ing.

Har­ris fell into early child­hood mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion af­ter singing with Opera Aus­tralia for many years.

Af­ter her daugh­ters – now 12 and 14 – were born, she left the com­pany and put her mu­sic de­grees to good use, re-train­ing and start­ing a mu­sic class.

The class turned into a school and the school turned into four schools.

Now Tina and hus­band Mark (known as Buzz from the TV show) have a pop­u­lar on­go­ing TV se­ries and per­form live shows with the Lah-Lah band, in­clud­ing the new tour, Hav­ing Fun!

She said she bal­anced her work life, fam­ily and health (she was di­ag­nosed with breast cancer five years ago and is now fully re­cov­ered) with reg­u­lar med­i­ta­tion.

“The only thing I do for my­self ev­ery day is get up 20 min­utes be­fore the kids and meditate, just so I can clear my head and have a clear day,” she said.

“It makes a huge dif­fer­ence and I’ve been do­ing it ever since the cancer.”

Tina Har­ris and the Lah-Lah band have a new tour, Hav­ing Fun!

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