Blog - Page 14 of 14 - Teaching Children Music

Choosing a Recorder

Recently as we were shopping at the Dollar Store, I ran across not one, but two recorders in a package, encouraging parents to introduce music into their home. Great! Cheap recorders that won’t play in tune being introduced to children everywhere!Forgive me if that sounds harsh, but my own experience as a child with a […]

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2 The Pentatonic Scale

When I first learned about the pentatonic scale, I was taught to associate it with the Asian culture. I have since learned that the pentatonic scale is universal to all nations, and most countries have folk music written using this scale. Old Dan Tucker is one of my favorite American examples. The easiest way to […]

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Free Online Sheet Music

Here is a collection of free online sheet music for your personal and studio use. They are public-domain songs that I have arranged on our print-music program. Many of them I used with my students. Vocal Music Month of MayingThe Month of Maying is an old madrigal, originally written for five parts. I arranged this […]

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Q. I’ve heard a lot of people talk about ‘Solfege’ and am thinking about teaching it to my children. How does it work? A. Solfege is a technique music teachers use for teaching sight singing. Each musical note is assigned a syllable. The seven syllables commonly used are do, re, mi, fa, sol (or so), […]

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Violin for Toddlers

First of all, is the violin for toddlers? A few years ago if you had told me that I would start my boy out on the violin while he was two, I probably wouldn’t have believed it. But that was a few years ago. As I have studied early childhood development from authors such as […]

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Summer Music

The weather is warm, school is out, and summer vacation is here. With the warm weather come farmers markets, family reunions, county fairs, rodeos, festivals, and holidays to divide our time. It is a wonderful time of year for children, if you can beat the heat. With all of these festivities and celebrations comes an […]

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autumn leaves

Autumn Leaves I learned Autumn Leaves during my Orff 1 training course from a phenomenal early childhood music specialist, Saskia Beverloo, who translated it from the original Dutch. I originally created this activity when I interned with the local children’s choir, but now it serves as a valuable part of our preschool collection. Local preschool […]

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Stick notation as used in Kodaly method

Kodaly method

an essay by Tamsyn Spackman Allow me to set the stage to illustrate what the Kodaly Method can do. Imagine entering a classroom and witnessing a group of students who have an amazingly balanced education in music. They can sing major, minor, and pentatonic scales, recognize all major, minor, and perfect intervals by sight and […]

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Homemade Instruments

There are few things more thrilling to young children than making homemade instruments and then playing them in a family orchestra. Virtually anything that can be hit, plucked, shaken, or blown can be turned into an instrument. There are too many articles and books written on musical instrument toys for this to be a comprehensive […]

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