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Solfege

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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