01.pngThe videos are now located in one convenient playlist below.

Click the ≡ symbol to display the playlist and choose the video you want.  If you want a full screen video click to YouTube. It is a help to kiwiconnexion if you use YouTube to record a like for the videos. Thank you.

You are welcome to download the resource PDF which develops some teaching ideas.

Please feel encouraged to leave comments.

Complete video series: So-me Music Stories for Juniors

How to get hard copies of So-Me stories

It has given me great pleasure and a fitting way to end my educational experiment to put So-me video stories on YouTube.

Some viewers might want the hard copies to read to their children and grandchildren, and play and sing-along together.

I still have some stock left which I can now offer for sale at reduced prices.

Whereas the full set of books, Activity sheets, and CD has in the past cost $155, I now offer the set of 12 books for $100.

If you live outside Canada and the USA contact me directly manins@xtra.co.nz  I will send your order with postage added.

If you live in America or Canada you may wish to contact Denise Gagne at Themes and Variations Ltd, Alberta, Canada,tvmusic@telusplanet.net  

Activity sheets you can download


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Stuart Manins is a New Zealander with an international involvement in music education. In his early teaching days as a music specialist in secondary schools, he was known as a choral conductor of youth choirs. Trained as a singer with a master’s degree in music from the University of Auckland, he became Head of Music at North Shore Teachers College and later at Auckland College of Education. During these years, he was involved in writing National Advanced Studies in Teaching Music, and the 1989 NZ Department of Education Music Syllabus. As a performer, he toured locally and overseas with the Early Music group, The Kynges Companye.

 Stuart has had a long association with ISME, the International Society for Music Education, presenting papers and workshops in the areas of Teacher Education, Community Music, and Early Childhood Music. He retired from full-time lecturing in 1989 but continues to write, lecture, and consult. He was a member of the ISME Early Childhood Music Education commission, 1998 – 2002. The public knows him best through a series of Music Stories for Juniors written to help young children develop musicianship through singing in tune and moving in time as they begin reading and writing music.  He is also associated with promoting the place of Maori Music in New Zealand music education. In 2005 he was awarded life membership of ONZA (Orff New Zealand Aotearoa).

In later years there has been an increasing interest in Theological studies applied to congregational settings.

  • First name: Stuart
  • Last name: Manins
  • City/region: Auckland
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Occupation: Retired music educator