3 ways to promote music making with childrenPosted: October 16, 2017
A big part of being a music teacher is to inspire children to fall in love with the process of making music, or else they won’t practice and ultimately accomplish learning to play an instrument.
At Rhythm Rumble our ethos is “to inspire children to live music everyday” and we have many different techniques to ensure our children look forward to their music class and continue on with their music education well and truly beyond kindergarten.
Children are innately musical, they are born with natural music abilities and us adults somehow drag it out of them forever lost in a belief that they can’t sing, dance or play music. All of which is very untrue.
To encourage children to be musical is to develop their confidence and dance freestyle to music. We offer scarves as a prop for children and as we move our scarf around our own bodies we encourage children to listen to the music and move their scarves by shaking them, or throwing them in the air and catching. Children learn quickly that when the music is fast they can move their scarf and body quickly and when the music is soft and gentle they can sway their scarf gently too.
Children are also born with perfect pitch and to keep this skill alive the easiest way is to sing, and preferably sing in a higher voice such as the F key. There is a plethora of childrens music to sing but I would suggest the songs that were sung to you as a child are the best to sing to your children or classroom. The range of notes will be small and you will feel confident in singing the songs you are familiar with. Just know children never judge you on your singing voice but on the connection you make with them.
Lastly a great way to keep children’s musicality burning is to play music games, this is especially good in the classroom situation.
My favourite music games are:
Chi baba: Pass the ball on the beat while singing a song.
Music Painting: Listening to different kinds of music and have the children draw/paint to what they feel.
Rhythmic Simon Says: Teacher pats a rhythm and the children have to pat it back.
So even if you’re not a music teacher or feel musical I’m sure these ideas and activities should be in your confirm zone and easily done with your kiddies.