Music is an extremely important part of a preschooler’s day-singing, chanting, moving to music and learning finger plays are all fun ways to learn and reinforce concepts of all kinds. Our kids love music!
Many of our preschoolers have never had the opportunity to be exposed to instruments outside of the drum or guitar. Imagine their delight when our own Ms. Lauren and Ms. Sarah brought real instruments to demonstrate!
We learned that string instruments make sounds when a bow is pulled across the strings, causing them to vibrate. The children were astounded to hear the beautiful sound Ms. Lauren made as she began playing! After performing a rendition of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” Lauren gave each child a turn to play themselves. They felt like true musicians as they used the bow to play fast, slow, smooth and choppy!
The next family of instruments we talked about was the wind family. The students loved demonstrating how blowing air into these instruments creates sound! Our own Ms. Sarah plays the clarinet, and she beautifully demonstrated its rich sound through scales and short songs. The children loved having an opportunity to experiment with button-pushing as Sarah blew air into the instrument. “It goes up!” “It goes down!” “It’s really fast!”
With their confidence soaring, we decided to let the students themselves demonstrate the last family of instruments. They learned that percussion instruments are those you strike or shake to create sound. We had our own little band of percussion players as they experimented with cowbells, egg shakers, tambourines, jingle bells, and more!
God knew what He was doing when He commanded us to “make joyful noises” unto Him! The gift of music enlarges our hearts and souls. Thank you, Lord, for music!