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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Movement and Music with Traditional Songs

I am completely loving the Let's Play Music Class that my son is enrolled in and am excited to train to become a teacher in the future.  The order of concepts introduced is age appropriate and so many musical elements are couched into quick fun activities.  I love how his teacher layered so many concepts [bubble hand (hand position), finger taps (finger #s) and echoing rhythms] as she introduced the class rules.  In addition to his at home activities we've tried a few more music and movement songs on youtube.  Here are a few video activities that are fun for preschoolers that can be used to reinforce musical concepts through play and movement.
Going on a Bear Hunt
Concepts: (Steady Beat, Rhythm Fast and Slow, Pitch High and Low)





Five Little Speckled Frogs
Concepts: Matching Beat, Descending Scale, Melodic Direction, Finger #s)
Feel the Beat: Strum to the Beat Like Your Playing Guitar
At the end of each verse:
Hop hands down as you sing "Five green speckled Frogs" at the end of each verse.
Play So Fa Mi Re Do on xylophone or keys
Point to Lily Pads Stepping Down on the Staff that match the descending scale

Challenge: Tap Right Hand Fingers 5,4,3,2,1  or Left Hand Fingers 1,2,3,4,5 as you sing Now we are "stepping down the keys"


Do Re- Mi
Concept: Solfeg, Staff Awareness, Pitch direction
Move hands up and down to match direction of pitches
Make solfeg hand signs




Animal Scale
Concepts: Major/minor Pentascale, Staff Awareness
Sing along and move your hands or body up and down to match the pitch of the moving animals on  the staff.

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