Listening

We constantly receive a high spectrum of frequencies which we consciously process and some which our ears take in but we do not consciously notice, these frequencies may still effect us. Many harsh sounds in our environment cause us to ‘tune out’ frequencies and noises so we do not listen well. We need to be

Rhythm

This begins very early in the Nido and Casa. For most of the exercises no material is used, we simply isolate rhythm from the rest of music, by clapping or having simple percussion instruments. The exercises can be given in any spare few minutes, in the same way singing and movement can be given. Clapping

Singing

Introduction: Sing with the children each day learning a song each week, it is important tho have variety. Have a good music player and sing along, use acoustic instruments to support you. It is possible to sing their names, to sing as a group, with clapping. Begin with rhythm early and add singing so the

Movement

Introduction: To be able to participate in movement, children must be able to choose to control their movement, they also need motor control and awareness to be able to listen and feel the music. Brain Gym exercises can be used for children who have not developed this naturally to help to connect the two hemispheres.

Scientific Experiments with Sound

Striking – water glasses Material Description: Two sets of 4 identical straight sided glasses. One set is marked in a graded fashion to indicate the amount of water needed to produce the first 4 tones of a major scale the other set has no indication. Pitcher of water Mallet Bucket Method: Pour water into the

The Story of the Grand Staff

Introduction: This is not a story of Dr Montessori, but it follows her idea that it is important to teach through stories at the Elementary level. So Kay Baker and Greg McDonald decided that there should be a Story for Music as there is no story for Music and Art. Material Description: Bells or tone

Tone Bars

Sensorial Introduction Introduction to Tone Bars: This is a very sensitive material, it is not easy to fix or replace them, they are similar to the bells but there is only one set so they cannot be paired, there is no external control only the ear. There are twenty-five tone bars, one for each tone.

Notation with the Bells

Material Description: The bells A green board with the five lines (the Stave) A board to write on marked with five parallel lines Cut out G-Clef which corresponds to the green board Nomenclature cards with a picture, label and control with picture and name of the notes, Stave and G-Clef. Prerequisite: The children must know

The Bells

Sensorial Exploration of the Bells These are two sets of identical bells showing the Major scale of C. The compromise a set of eight while bells, also called a ‘Keyboard’ mirrored by black bells and in front five bells on black stands mirrored by and five bells on brown stands. These are ideally left out

Introduction to Music

When people sing feel free to join them because bad people do not know any songs Sound accompanies people all their lives, in individual lives and Human history from nature, the wind and water, the voices of animals, in the ‘Story of the Coming of Life’ from frogs and other animals. In modern life we

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