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Red Balloons Lesson #3

Lesson #3

Thanks for participating and enjoying your time together with your children - what a gift to spend quality time with your child, bonding and creating fun, music memories! Remember that if your child doesn't want to participate for a little while, don't force them. Oftentimes, they're a little overstimulated and will lay down on their backs or turn around so they can regulate, and then they'll come back.

Barnyard Boogie

This peppy song is even more fun when you realize we are imitating and identifying complex rhythmic patterns! The brains of young children are designed to extract patterns from complex layers, making more connections with each exposure. Start with playfully clapping the animals separate from the CD at a slower speed. Soon they will clap right along as the CD plays!

DO is Home

Our purpose here is to match pitch, and eventually, to accurately pull that middle C out of thin air with no cues! WOW! This process will take six months to three years, so we'll work on it every week during our three years together.

Staff Awareness

In Let's Play Music we experience things before we label them. Experiencing and playing with the music staff is a great way to understand how it functions. When we start to add things to the staff like notes, and key signatures, the students will have information stored in their brains that they can connect it to, so identifying lines/spaces on the staff is the beginning of our visual love of the staff.

Play an ostinato on the bells - harmony training

An ostinato is a repeated musical pattern that is played at the same time as a separate melody. We did this today as we played DO SOL on the bells while singing the song “Hear How the Bells”. Our ears are getting SO SMART!

Why do we use folk music in Let's Play Music? This question is an important one. Read HERE to find the answer! Also, Click HERE to read about one of our Let's Play Music graduates!

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