20.01.2010 Today was the start of the first ten week block of music classes. Andy, Curtis, Luke, Thomas M, Joe, Evie, Isabel and Charlotte raced inside at ten o'clock to find out what this music business is all about.
We started by having a brainstorm about what music is and the children came up with some great answers. They started off with the obvious examples, such as singing and playing instruments, and then started to think more outside the square, listing things like sirens and hand clapping.
Next, I introduced the book series "So-Me" which gradually incorporates more and more musical concepts as the series goes on. "So-Me Goes Missing" is the first title, and is based around the fact that sounds are all around us.
I tested the children on their musical instrument knowledge and was surprised about how much they knew! Many of the children were able to name a range of instruments, such as a clarinet, piano, trumpet, trombone and drum kit and those who couldn't,very quickly caught on. We then shared our experiences of trying out instruments, with most of the children saying they had had a go on at least one sort before.
We spent the second half of the class playing rhythm games. I would tap out a pattern by patting my knees, the floor, or clapping, and the children would copy me. Then we all patted our knees together until we had a good rhythm going and practiced chanting our names in time to the beat.
Today's class was heaps of fun and the children all participated enthusiastically. They were excited to be part of something new and listened carefully to my instructions. I have encouraged the children to bring along any musical instruments they have at home (recorders, shakers, etc) to share with the group next Wednesday, and I have promised to bring along a ukelele! I will try and bring a different instrument each week so that the children have a chance to see the various ones up close and touch the keys, strings etc.
If you would like to help your children further develop what we learnt today, you can do so by looking at pictures of instruments and naming them, playing clapping/stomping games and talking about the sounds of everyday life.