Preschool Music Activities

Our brain is uniquely wired to learn easily through music. These preschool music activities help develop language, memory and thinking skills.

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What can parents do?
-Encourage your child to sing and dance.
-Make and play instruments
-Play a variety of music for your child.

Understanding how music is written

Show your child some music notes on a grand staff. Ask him what the black dots and lines are for. Explain to your child that the dots tell us which notes to sing to make a tune. Sing or play the tune of these notes for your child. Encourage him to sing the song along with you.

Choral groupings,Singing in harmony

When your family is together, ask you child to sing a song for you all on her own. When she is done, tell her she just sang a solo. Ask her to choose one other person in the family to sing with her. After they sing a song together tell her she just sang a duet. Mention to her that when voices sing together, the different sounds blend. We call that harmony. Ask your child to invite two other family members to sing with her. Once that song is done,let her know that they are a quartet.

Listening Skills, Understanding crescendo
Music can become bigger and bigger. When music increases in volume, this is called a crescendo. It is marked by a sign similar to this < on a music page. Find a selection of classical music that displays this growing sense of sound. As you listen together, ask your child to raise their arm higher as the music grows louder, and lower, as the music grows softer.

“Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.”
Rabbinical saying

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