Music Games for Young Children

The last week at Rhythm Rumble we have been learning about Timbre.  We demonstrate the different sounds(colours) an instrument can make but using one of my favourite instruments, the Guiro.  We use a Guiro tone block not the fish shape as it is easier for young children to hold onto the handle.  Because of the froggie sound it makes when you scrap the stick along the ridges what better song to sing than Der Glumph.  This song has 2 separates parts.

Part A is slower in tempo and the children explore the different timbres of the Guiro by scraping the stick along the ridges to make the frog sound.

Part B is a fast tempo and different rhythm where we tap the the guiro to make a tapping sound. The lyrics are below:

Der Glumph:

Der Glump went the little green frog one day.

Der Glump went the little green frog

der glum went the little green frog one day 

And the frog went glumph, glumph, glumph

But…..

we all know frogs go 

la de da de da, la de da de da

la de da de da

we all know frogs go

la de da de da

the don’t go glumph glumph glumph

Most children love and know this song which encourages them to sing along while playing their instrument.  But the most interesting angle of this music activity is it seems so simple in its implementation but has so many different learning concepts such as:

  • Contrasting tempo
  • Contrasting rhythms
  • differing timbre on the guiro.

In RHYTHM RUMBLE’s kinder group we are beginning to introduce the concept of echo.  Most of the time children will sing along with the teacher and hide their singing voice behind the teachers voice, so introducing an echo song is a great opportunity for children to hear their own voice reverberate back to themselves and adjust their own tuning.

The song of choice is “Charlie Over The Ocean,” which is a well known song in America, but not  so much here in Australia.  The idea is the teacher sings the first line, and then the children echo the line back.  Charlie Over the Ocean requires listening skills as there is a line that is altered every time you sing.  For example:

Charlie over the ocean   – Teacher

Charlie over the ocean    – Children

Charlie over the sea

Charlie over the sea

Charlie caught a big fish

Charlie caught a big fish

He can’t catch me

he can’t catch me

Repeat:

Charlie over the ocean

Charlie over the ocean

Charlie over the sea

Charlie over the sea

Charlie caught a Black Bird

Charlie caught a black bird

He can’t catch me

he can’t catch me

The children’s reaction to the change in line is hilarious and always a ton of giggles.

Echo songs are a great way to encourage children to sing and not “hide” their voices behind the teacher which develops their pitch and and listening skills.

I hope you enjoy these ideas with your children or classroom and experience the smiles and giggles that go along with these songs

 

Cheers

Lola

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One Comment on “Music Games for Young Children”

  1. […] Use instruments to play loud and soft.                                                                              Sing a song with loud and soft parts.  Demonstrate to the children little finger (soft) and Big hand (wide open palms for loud).  This technique is great for under 2 year olds as they can’t participate with singing but can feel the difference in dynamics by using their hands.  I have an example here […]

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