Music Reading Extravaganza
So, with the primary music students (grades K-4), we're going to be starting a unit on reading music. We're going to start with reading and clapping basic notated rhythms in 4/4 time using whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests.
This is a very basic but extremely diverse activity to do with young music students. They can read rhythms and clap the rhythms that they see, take turns using flashcards to notate rhythms that they hear the teacher (or one another) clap, or they can try to identify the difference between a clapped rhythm that they hear and a notated rhythm that they see (correcting mistakes in the notated rhythm).
How can you support your child at home with this material?
Quite simply, the best thing you can do is to put music on at home and get your child to listen with you, or dance along with the beat. This develops their ear and teaches them by "osmosis" what music is all about. In fact, listening to music is the best kind of music education there is! And, you don't have to have a sophisticated knowledge or appreciation of music. Any music will do.
Happy New Year, and happy music listening!