We all know how much kids love music, right? I mean, all you have to do is hand them something to bang on and they’re happy, not so? But have you ever wondered how to introduce your little one to the slightly more complicated world of music theory? Luckily, there are some wonderful ways to do exactly that! Take a look at these amazing ideas…
- Grand Staff Game
This is a great activity that I found online at andnextcomesl.com. It is a great way to introduce children to All you need is some blank card or foam-board, a marker and a few beanbags or hacky sacks. Draw the grand staff onto the foam-board with the marker, leaving about 5cm between the lines, then have your child toss the bean bag onto the board and tell you which note it has landed on.
(This one is great for older kids or kids that are a little more familiar with the notes) Composition and a good run around the back yard. Hidden eggs each contain a phrase – find them, open them and then construct a melody in the order they were discovered. And then (like every Schubert minuet) repeat.
Tops and bottoms – mix up the tops and bottoms, and then match them! Great for getting that understanding of rhythm and subdivision
Imagine dozens of these flying around the room. Get someone to call out the time signature and then try and find the balls to match (and throw any you don’t need). Bonus – you get to throw ping pong balls around a room.
7. Craft Stick Composer Puzzles (Another great idea from andnextcomesl.com)
For this activity, all you need is a bunch of Popsicle sticks, some glue, a print-out of your favorite composer and a pair of scissors. First, cut the picture into strips the same width as the Popsicle sticks and glue one strip to each Popsicle stick. When the sticks are dry, put them together again and write the composer’s name down the side of the puzzle, then mix up the puzzle and let your little one figure it out. Another nice idea is to have some of the composer’s music playing while you do the puzzle, or to google an interesting fact about their life afterwards if you prefer.
Well, there you have it! I’m sure with a little bit of practice, your little ones will be reading music in no time flat 😉
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