Anna Christina introduces you to our unique brand of children's music audiobooks in this short video series.
Music Audio Stories began as an audiobook production company. Founder, Anna Christina, started her popular Storytimes at nurseries in order to "test" the stories. Public events followed, and parents requested, not only the audio but the activities the children enjoyed too. We decided to expand our products to include Storytime Packages and picture books based on our Music Audio Stories.
Anna Christina - Director and Creator
Anna Christina is the multi-award-winning author, narrator, musician, storyteller and owner of Music Audio Stories. She has entertained and taught thousands of children during her fun interactive musical storytime, 'Storytime with Anna Christina'. As well as participating at some of the largest events and venues in London, Anna Christina regularly volunteers at libraries and is a brilliant advocate for the power of stories and music.
Her natural flair for strong-themed storytelling, both in writing and music, had been spotted by her tutor when she wrote her first music audiobook as a collage assignment. There are no other audio stories combining original classical music with original children's stories, sound effects and rhyming styling like hers and that is why she decided to invent her own genre and call her creations ‘Music Audio Stories’.
Anna Christina's dream was to create a company merging music, audio and stories in a way that has never been done before and that is exactly what she has done. She is qualified in Sound Engineering, Music and Sound Technology and Music Production. She has been a professional touring and recording artist, musician, songwriter, composer and singer for many years. Find out more about her music career here: annachristinamusic.com.
Anna Christina was interviewed on Ben TV and has been featured in a number of magazines and newspapers including Global Woman Magazine and the Observer newspaper. She was also a panel Speaker at the Women's Economic Forum.
Music Audio Stories are created to entertain, instil positive values and build confidence.
Our stories teach children the importance of friendship, cooperation, tolerance and team effort with everyone no matter how different they are. The 5-star-rated music audiobooks encourage movement, and problem-solving, build social skills and promote concentration. They inspire children to act out the scenes and be part of the magical journey.
Merging big audio productions with inspired storytelling is our joy.
Jenika Ioffreda - Head of Visuals
Our In-House illustrator, Jenika, works closely with Anna Christina on the creation of character designs, artwork, video visuals and animations.
After attending Scuola Romana dei Fumetti (Roman School of Comics) in Italy, Jenika moved to the UK where she self-publishes her award-nominated comic book series Vampire Free Style: the story of a black cat in a world of magic, mysteries, vampires and witches. Her series has sold over 5,000 copies at comic conventions over Europe, has been praised by reviewers, has a loyal following and has been requested as set dressing for the movie 'This Must Be The Place'.
A passion for preserving the environment and kindness towards animals as well as each other is at the heart of Music Audio Stories.
Our music audiobooks enhance mental well-being and develop imagination. Children learn about animals and insects, colours, numbers, flowers and magic. Each story has excellent values that are taught in a fun and simple way.
What Makes our Stories Different?
Our music audiobooks have strong themed original classical music behind the narration. The music continues throughout and is an essential part of the stories. It is also phrased with the voices.
Most of the scores are orchestral but at times, other instruments such as guitars, banjos and drums are included. We also introduce a variety of music genres, styles and instruments to children.
Songs feature in most stories and have been described as “insanely contagious”.
We use sound effects, traditional Foley methods and cartoon-style voices combined with panning techniques to create movement in the sound which adds to the excitement of each adventure.
There are subtle sounds, less prominent in the mix, to listen out for. Try listening with headphones on!
We have worked with actors and musicians including the Olivier-nominated TV and film actor Paul Kaye and Thomas Meadows, who can be found drumming for some of today's biggest artists such as Kylie Minogue.
Each story has its own benefits and is tailored towards topics and themes. They are ambitious, highly engaging and every scene is filled with wonderfully detailed observations.
The stories are uplifting and inspire children to follow their dreams and never give up on the goals they want to achieve.
Our characters are original and are based on animals and insects. Sometimes the same character pops up in more than one story!
Music Audio Stories
Have you tried replacing screen time with audiobooks in your household?
Apart from enjoying our stories together with your child, Music Audio Stories develop listening skills. They can help children learn new words and understand and appreciate unfamiliar accents and dialects. They are fantastic for dyslexic children, and children with Attention Deficit Disorders may find that listening is more distraction-free than reading.
Children love bedtime stories!
If you need to put your feet up for a few quiet minutes in the evening, this is where our audiobooks are brilliant! Avoid blue light being emitted from a screen and instead, soothe your little one's imagination, promote relaxation and send them off into a peaceful sleep with our music stories.
When you're on the go...
Make travel easier and create a fun family experience by listening together via your car speakers or use headphones on an individual device. This is helpful for children who suffer from carsickness and need to avoid staring at a book or a screen. Either way, when you're on the go, just pop one of our CDs or mp3s on and your child will love the combination of music, stories and songs.
Speed up mundane chores and make them more enjoyable!
You may find that it’s easier to entice your children into doing their chores when you let them know that they can listen to a fun and exciting music audiobook too!
Find out how to use our stories and interactive activities for entertaining your little ones here Storytime Packages.