Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Musical Note Ideas for Preschoolers

Teach preschoolers musical notes with games.

Teaching preschool children the names of the musical notes in a creative and educational way requires preparation and knowledge of the notes on the musical staff. With preschoolers, you have to keep them engaged in the activity to prevent them from losing interest. Music provides the type of engagement that preschoolers respond well to.

Crafts


Supply the preschooler with construction paper and stencils of rhythmic musical notes, such as quarter notes, eighth notes, half notes and whole notes. Have her trace the outline of the notes on the paper. Let the preschooler color the insides of the notes and detail the music note however she wishes. When she is finished with her craft, ask her to get up in front of the class and discuss what note value she chose, and what the colors and images she chose for the design meant to her.

Treble Clef Spaces


Show the child a picture of the treble clef staff and tell him, "when you look between the lines, you see your FACE" while pointing to each space. Explain that each letter of the word face indicates a space on the treble clef staff from bottom to top. Once the class has memorized the phrase, give them each a sheet of paper with the treble clef on it and ask them to draw one note in each space. After they have drawn the notes, ask them to write in the letter name that corresponds to each note.

Bass Clef Lines


Create a felt board with a music staff and a bass clef at the beginning of the staff. Cut out several felt circles small enough to fit between the lines of the staff. The felt will stick to the board without the need for adhesive. After explaining that the lines of the staff use the phrase, "Good Boys Do Fine Always" ask a child to identify G on the staff and place a felt note in the correct position. This activity can also be completed with the treble clef lines.

Bass Clef Spaces


Show children how to identify the names of the bass clef spaces by first teaching them the names of the spaces from top to bottom -- G, E, C and A. "All Cows Eat Grass" is commonly used phrase for the spaces. Let the children create their own phrases and have them draw a picture to represent each space. Then, when they are finished, let them share the pictures with the class. For instance, the G-space might be a picture of a giant monster, or a green apple. Key Concepts treble clef lines treble clef spaces bass clef lines teaching preschool music