This is an excerpt from the Music in Bloom, a regular column in PIO! by Maureen Conlin. For more than 25 years, CMN has published Pass It On!, The Journal of the Children’s Music Network. Each issue features in-depth interviews from the children’s music world, articles and columns, and songs to sing and share.
Ideas for working with younger children
Music in bloom for young children at the roots of their education and growth begins with the importance of learning a steady beat. Hearing a steady beat, feeling it, and moving with it all encourage exploration. Age appropriate activities can provide children with the opportunity to practice singing, dancing, marching, and using rhythm instruments as they keep a steady beat.
Children can explore different types of body percussion such as clapping and tapping while counting and chanting to a steady beat, as in the song below.
© M Conlin 2014
Clap your hands and count with me 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8.
Tap your knees, if you please, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8.
Now pop your cheeks and make a sound 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8.
Now it’s time to move around 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8.
Everybody move like this: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8.
Come on now and do the twist 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8.
Everybody march your feet 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8
Then sit down and have a seat 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8.
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