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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-15-2004, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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Need some help with children and music

Alright ive been thinking my brain to death, and only come up with poopy ideas.

I need to be observed doing some kind of musical activity with the children, I told the class teacher this and she said (in her kindness) ill let you decide what activity to do (aaarhhggggggg!!!!!)
Ive never done this before, I have an idea what to do, well what instruments I want to use, but how to use them is what is driving me mad.

The only semi decent idea I came up with, but which I dont like is singing the rhyme 10 fat sausages, and in time with "pop" and "bang" use an intrument, but I think the idea sux, it isnt fun.

Basically I'm looking for ideas of something I can do with 3/4 4-7 year olds, probibly only using some maraccas and little hand drums. Just hitting it in time doesnt seem exciting enough, there doesnt have to be any songs, just something exciting.
I havent found anything which is free AND suitable.
Many things are based on american grades which I dont understand.

Actually where posible no singing, I HATE HATE HATE singing.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-16-2004, 02:21 AM
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I've never done this with older children, but it's always a hit with younger children. I'd just use any type of marching band music you can find (even a children's song like Ants Go Marching) will do, and have the kids march around the room in time to the music (if they're old enough) while playing their instruments.

To stretch the activity, you can have them create their own maracas (decorate paper cups and fill them with beans, rice, whatever's handy and seal them off; or have them decorate two paper plates and fill them with the same, stapling or hot-gluing them together.) You can also let them make "costumes" by decorating large paper grocery bags and cutting arm and neck holes.

That's the best I can think of to get them involved, without having to sing yourself.

You could also do a "musical chairs" type of activity. Or play music on and off and have the kids dance when the music is playing and freeze when it stops.

Hope this helps; my kids are younger, so yours may not be as interested.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-16-2004, 11:59 AM
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I've seen classicla music pieces used to work on keeping a steady beat. Hands of instruments can be used. I know the grading might be slightly different cause I'm in Scotland but PM me with what your aims are and I'll ask our music teacher tomorrow (I'm a primary teacher)

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