Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Fun Way to Teach Preschoolers Music

When teaching preschoolers music focus on motivating them and enhancing children's self-esteem. Music helps to develop coordination and improve a child's sense of time and abstract reasoning abilities. By introducing a child to music early on, you provide them with an education that focuses not just on reading, writing and arithmetic, but social skills that we all need to function and cope in life. Music teaches patience, perseverance and with enough time the benefits of dedicating yourself to achieving the desired outcome.

Rhythm

Step 1

Pass out hand drums to each child and inform them that if they play without instructions, they may lose the opportunity to perform with the class. Explain that to participate in a group, everyone must work together and play only when it is time.

Step 2

Show the children the proper way to hold and play a drum. Hold the drum by the rim with the left hand and then strike the center of the drum with the palm of the right hand. Tell the students to play with you and start beating single notes in a steady and metrical rhythm.

Step 3

Stop the children from playing by cutting them off with your left hand. Wave your arm in a circle and bring your fingers together when your hand stops moving. Tell the children this is the sign to stop playing and the quicker they stop, the better they will perform.

Step 4

Beat a simple rhythm using short and long durations. Ask the classroom to repeat the rhythm, like a rhythmic game of "Simon Says." Call this game "Rhythm Copy."

Step 5

Tell the students to stand up and get ready to play a game of "Rhythm Copy." Explain that the rules of the game are simple. You will tap a rhythm and the class must tap the rhythm back. If a child makes a mistake, it is up to him to sit down. The last child standing should be cheered by all the students that played.

Melody

Step 1

Show the children how to breathe properly by taking air in to the stomach. Ask the children to make a yawning sound and to observe what the stomach feels like when they yawn. Tell the children that when singing the stomach should always expand to fill the body with air.

Step 2

Sing a single note and ask the children to sing the note back. Then sing the first three notes of a familiar children's song, such as "Are You Sleeping." Ask the children to guess the name of the song. If they can't guess continue adding notes until someone gets the right answer.

Step 3

Tell the students to sing the song along with you once the class has figured out what song you were singing.

Consider adding hand drums to play the rhythm of each song while singing.

Allow kids to make up original short rhythms. Have the classroom repeat the rhythms.