This is an example of music education today on TV. It’s colourful, fun (though a little repetitive for adult viewers) and explores all kinds of music.
It’s a great way to introduce kids to classical music undiluted in small chunks and then incorporate it into a style that they can relate to. It familiarizes children with classical music within a fun environment, hopefully creating a very different image of classical music for the next generation.
The programme was created by CBeebies and Linda Bance, music educational advisor to ZingZillas. The educational aspect is apparent in the show, but the children learn through exploration rather than it being rammed down their throats.
The programme also has a website with an amazing array of musical games with catchy tunes. Excellent tools to learn about music from beating in time, listening to see if two notes harmonise, mixing different music together and exploring sound through painting.
ZingZillas is a television programme aimed at young children, broadcast on the BBC pre-school channel CBeebies. It is set on a tropical island where everyone joins in to create music magic. They use musical influences from all over the globe from rock to soul, jazz to samba, big band to orchestra.
The main characters are Zak, Tang, Panzee and the youngest, Drum. They are mentored by music guru DJ Loose and they create their unique ZingZilla sound just in time for their daily performance which is called ‘The Big Zing’.
In every episode they are visited by a different musical guest. The ZingZillas always discover their musical guests in a ‘glade’ in the jungle and they take inspiration from these guests, incorporating them and their sounds into The Big Zing.
Original music for the series has been composed by Banks & Wag.