As children come to learn more and more about how music is put together, they will begin to have new ears to hear any music. They add critical thinking skills to their musical experiences and will enjoy many kinds of music. They also come to understand and love music as they have hands on experiences creating their own music. They can have that experience through private lessons or by just doing some of the fun lessons that I will share.

The lessons will center on the Elements of Music: Beat, Rhythm, Style, Melody, Expression, Form, Timbre, Harmony, and Texture. You can watch as children become confidant at discussing these elements and hearing them in the music they listen to each day. They will enjoy using these elements to create their own music.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Before you can understand what this lesson is all about you have to know about the group "Stomp".
So please watch these videos and get a feel for the fun music you can make with objects that are around your house.




You got the idea?  You can make music with anything!

The fun part of creating a "Stomp" type of rhythm piece is that you don't have to read any music.  Each person gets to create their own musical idea and then you decide how you are going to put
it all together.  You know enough about music and rhythm now that if a younger child needs help
you can just give them an idea.

When I did this with my younger children at school, we always chose a theme.  For example, we did a "Kitchen Stomp".  The cooks let us use the kitchen at the school and did we have fun!  We played wooden spoons, frying pans, glass bowls and silverware, etc.   Or how about "Cleaning Up Stomp" with a broom, a mop, a scrub brush, and a bucket.  "School Stomp" might be done at the dining room table with a pencil, a pen, a ruler, a compass, a notebook, etc.

This is the lesson where you just go wild and have fun.  There is no right or wrong.  But here are some guidelines to help.

*There has to be a beat that everyone follows.  So it may help with young children to have someone keep the beat the whole time.

*Layering music creates an interesting sound.  So you can start with one person, add another, then another, etc until everyone is playing.  The exit the same way.

*Children (and adults) know a lot about music from just hearing it.  They can create a rhythm that is more complicated than what they are capable of reading.  It is just like speech.  Children know words that they could never spell and even ideas that are hard to put into words.  So as you begin creating "Stomp" type of creations, you might be surprised at the musical ideas that come forth.

Here are a couple of websites that might also give you some ideas:

1.  http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/03/lp303-02.shtml

2.  http://www.ehow.com/how_10071387_make-stomp-instruments.html

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