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Check out these websites for a variety of experiences with art online.
Check out these websites with your child to compose music, learn about musicians, and different dances.
By Nancy Roucher, Consulting Educator
Have a positive attitude about your child's ability. Note progress in learning notes, moving rhythmically, and speaking expressively. Give your child helpful feedback such as suggestions to make her voice louder so it can be heard by all and being aware of her posture when she is singing.
The recorder is a very common first instrument and by third grade many students in school music programs have them. Some students may be lucky enough to have Suzuki violin training at a young age; in some schools strings, band and orchestra instruments are introduced at fourth or fifth grade. Experts recommend that formal lessons do not start until age 8.
Have a variety of music to play that is accessible to your child and properly stored. Have a drum, tambourine, and other rhythm instruments available. Kids can also make instruments to play along with music, create their own "soundscapes" or "orchestrate" a story. Go to Making Friends for a list of musical instruments to make.
For dance, have a clear space for your child to move in. For drama, dress-ups inspire playmaking and dialogue. But, the basic ingredient your child needs is imagination. What does she want to express? Is it a feeling, mood or a particular story? That's what you should encourage. Pose the "what if..." questions to stimulate creative thinking!
Beethoven Lives Upstairs, a DVD movie, has more than two dozen musical excerpts. Or try Charlie Parker Played Bebop by Chris Raschka; Walt Disney's Fantasia; films of Broadway shows like Annie; and E.T., a wonderful movie to discuss for character and plot.
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