Music has the most amazing ability to lift the mood or calm things down – and playing classical music for toddlers at home can come in very handy! Using our suggested listening, you can play classical music as a relaxing background to any play activities and you will find it can really inspire a creative atmosphere.
Using Percussion Instruments
Try to build up a variety of percussion instruments that make contrasting sounds. This will encourage children to explore the different effects that they can make and really listen to the sound they are making. Different moods and styles of music suit different instruments and its fun to experiment.
Music for marching doesn’t have to be typical military style soldier music, anything with a steady beat goes down well and especially if it has a brisk pace. Encourage children to choose an instrument that suits the music e.g. drums for soldier marching or tinkling bells for a fairy theme. If you want the music to go with a song or story you could choose the most appropriate instrument, e.g wooden sticks for tick-tocks or triangles for raindrops.
Choose a piece of music that has a really strong beat and see if the kids can move their feet in time to the pulse of the music. Then encourage them to play their instruments to match their feet. To help them understand this concept you can play a game of Magic Feet Follow the Beat, and check out my post on How To Tell The Difference between the Rhythm And The Beat for more practice.
This activity should be played as often as possible with lots of contrasting music and different combinations of instruments. It’s a great way to blow off some steam to a rousing march if you can’t get outside, but equally you can calm things down with something soft and soothing as you tinkle a triangle to Strauss a waltz.
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