The leisure of summer is a great opportunity to devote a little extra time to creative pursuits, like music. Need some ideas to get you started? Here are some you might enjoy.
Your youngest students/children will enjoy the music and movement of Gari Stein’s “Sing With Me” She offers fun CDs, DVDs and curriculums for infants to 8-year-olds. http://www.little-folks-music.com
For musical fun with a generous helping of transportation and geography mixed in, check out Kimbo Educational’s activities for celebrating “America Through Song”. Classic songs include “Blow Ye Winds”, “Erie Canal”, and “Wabash Cannonball”. http://www.amonco.org/summer3/montessori_summer3.pdf
You can make your own musical instruments from simple, inexpensive materials to help your children or students explore and express themselves musically. Lisa from Kidsongs has provided instructions for how to make a coffee can drum, yogurt container shakers, and key chimes. Dale Gausman from NCME tells how to make rhythm sticks, another great way to practice motor skills, listening, and keeping a beat. Find both projects at: http://www.amonco.org/summer/montessori_summer1.pdf
Ready to move beyond rhythm? Verna from The Music House offers instructions for playing the kazoo –silly musical fun for kids AND adults. http://www.amonco.org/summer3/montessori_summer3.pdf
Looking for something a little more cultured? Marjorie Kiel Persons from Classical Magic, Inc., offers fun activities for Handel’s beautiful Water Music, Alla Hornpipe, as well as an extensive “Summer in Italy” lesson plan which includes some fabulous Italian classical music to get you in a summer mood. http://www.amonco.org/summer4/montessori_summer4.pdf