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Saturday, November 18, 2006

The Magic of Rhythm Instruments

Many teachers struggle with trying to raise Pre-school and Kindergarten age children's musical awareness and expressiveness. This article examines the use of rhythm instruments, such as rhythm sticks, shakers sand blocks, and bells, to do this, instead of singing. While the process of singing is very complex for young children in that they must remember the words and the notes, using rhythm instruments can be made fun and simple by using a variety of techniques. Some of these techniques are explained, such as playing along with familiar tunes with different lyrics ("This is the Way We Play Our Sticks" to the tune of "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush"), playing games where the children repeat the teacher, telling animal stories where different instruments symbolize different animals (sand blocks hit on the floor become dinosaur footsteps), and pretending the instruments are everyday items (the tambourine becomes a steering wheel). All of these processes are exciting for the children, while at the same time they will increase the children's awareness and expressiveness of music.

This article is from the October 2006 edition of Teaching Music


At 11/18/2006 2:07 PM, Blogger iheart-t-ravs said...

short and sweet. good brief summary. nice.

At 11/19/2006 2:14 PM, Blogger Andrew said...

I liked that you covered the entire article in this amount of space.

At 11/19/2006 3:39 PM, Blogger Nat said...

You did a good job of presenting the information in the article in an organized and concise way.

At 11/19/2006 4:08 PM, Blogger Emily Rose said...

I think you did a good job of summarizing the article. However, watch your grammar sometimes because your sentences are confusing occasionally. For example, "Many teachers struggle with trying to raise Pre-school and Kindergarten age children's musical awareness and expressiveness."
I think it would sound better if you took out some words. Shorten "with trying to raise" to just "with raising."

Just a suggestion. Good job!

At 11/19/2006 6:03 PM, Blogger Vera Lynn Waters said...

i'm a music ed maj0r actually and we're currently d0ing field 0bservati0ns (blah!). i went t0 a kindermusic thing and they used all these techniques. it was pretty c00l and it really w0rks.

At 11/19/2006 7:04 PM, Blogger Becca said...

Good abstract... I wouldn't say "to do this" though. Otherwise, good job.

At 11/19/2006 7:24 PM, Blogger Kitt_Katt said...

There are a lot of programs like this in my town, it would be interesting to read what the article said about them more n depth.

At 11/19/2006 11:16 PM, Blogger Mistuh Bond said...

Its simplicity made it easy to read, and the ease of reading made the absorption of its information more effective.


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