Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Music Instruments for Toddlers

Glockenspiels are made of several smaller metal plates that create specific pitches when struck with a mallet. This is a great toy for a toddler, as it requires no experience to produce a sound and is relatively inexpensive. Small toy versions and miniature professional versions are available, depending on your budget. Allow your toddlers to experiment with the toy at their leisure. This helps them to learn cause and effect, with the added benefit of exposure to high and low pitches.

Drums

Drums are relatively inexpensive and come in a large variety of styles. There are buffalo drums, toy snares, and hand drums that your toddler can bang to create sound. Make this even more interesting for the toddler by purchasing several mallets for him to use. Look for feeling, rubber, wood and even string mallets so your toddler can hear how different mallets change the drum's sound.

Recorder

While a toddler won't be able to play correct recorder fingerings or learn songs, she'll still love to blow on recorders to produce sound. Toddlers’ natural inquisitiveness will propel them to cover the holes on the recorder to produce different pitches. As they grow older, they'll learn to associate fingers with notes and start playing songs. Recorders are wonderful introductions to concert woodwind instruments such as the flute and clarinet.

Toy Pianos

Toy pianos with plastic keys are popular and safe instruments for toddlers. Toddlers love to experiment with pressing the keys and playing different tones on the piano. This sort of exposure probably won’t make them virtuoso pianists, but it can certainly help to foster a healthy attitude towards the piano if you plan to provide your child with piano instruction later in life.