Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Music & Movement
- Pictures or examples of a variety of drums
- Music that features drums
- Toy drums
- Objects that can be used as toy drums, such as oatmeal containers with lids and coffee cans with lids
- Tape recorder
- Headphones (optional)
- Fine motor
Look for pictures or examples of drums from around the world in catalogs or at music and cultural stores. Invite children to bring in oatmeal boxes and coffee cans from home.
Let children explore drums and pictures of drums. Talk about the drums' similarities and differences. Ask children to share their experiences with drums.
Play music from different cultures that feature drum sounds. Listen closely together. Help children notice the drum sounds.
Set up your listening center with a tape recorder, music, several pairs of headphones (if available), and toy drums. Help children put on headphones, and start playing the music.
Suggest that children play their drums along with the music. Step back and observe as they play.
Encourage children to exchange drums from time to time and experiment with different ways to play them.
Remember: Some children are more sensitive to sound than others. Be sure to temper the volume of the music in keeping with those sensitivities.
Ask parents to explore other instruments with their child. If possible, suggest that they send one in with their child to share with the class. Otherwise, invite parents to help their child draw a picture of the instrument to share.
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: MOVEMENT
At group time, suggest that children try drumming on their own bodies. Encourage them to lightly hit their thighs, arms, heads, and tummies. Let them experiment with other ways to make sounds with their bodies (for instance, by clapping or snapping their fingers).
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