As early childhood educators, we have a special role to play in the field of education. At the youngest ages, children are able to enjoy, participate in, understand and appreciate art and music. But, it requires teachers who believe this and know how to present music in artful and developmentally appropriate ways.
This is what CLASSICS ROCK! CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR YOUNG CHILDREN is all about. Great works of classical music, world music and jazz, are paired up with beautifully illustrated storybooks. You read the story as the recording is playing in the background. Following this are activities that flow from the music and story – songs, rhythm, fingerplays, movement, and more. The teaching strategies emphasize learning modalities - kinesthetic, tactile, spatial, aural and visual participation by the children. The activities can be taught over several lessons and are suitable for PK/K/1st grades, depending on the level of your students.
The storybooks I suggest are all in print and used copies can often be found very inexpensively on Amazon. The recordings can be found on Amazon MP3 digital downloads or on iTunes. I give specific directions so you can easily find the recordings you need. Once you have these resources in your library, you will use them for many years to come.
In this lesson I introduce the djembe to my young students. I do this using a recording of the djembe and a beautifully illustrated storybook of an African folk tale, “The Lion’s Drum”. Stories connected to music are a great way to capture the children’s imagination and introduce them to great music such as classical, world music and jazz.
Some goals and objectives of this lesson:
1. developing listening skills
2. hearing the djembe
3. learning about the djembe
4. rhythm and rhythm patterns
5. moving to music
6. language arts connections: learning about folk music and folk stories
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.