Special treat week! A video straight from our July course: Peter and the Wolf: Meet the Characters. As you may know, each character in Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf is represented by a different instrument from the orchestra. If you listen to a recording, you’ll hear the narrator introduce each character and the corresponding instrument at the beginning of the piece. Here, we take these introductions to the next level -- we include videos of professional musicians playing each character clip, we provide a bit of simple commentary about the music to help your child really engage with it, and we allow each clip to be played twice for even deeper processing of the material.
This is just one of 23 videos included in the July online music course. We also include an original song and activity about each of the characters in the story, two guessing game videos where kids can test their knowledge of the instruments and characters, and some amazing “Meet the...
There is something so special about snuggling up with your kiddo and singing or listening to a sweet lullaby, isn’t there? My son (15 months) is not the most snuggly baby, but without fail he nuzzles his head into my shoulder and relaxes his whole body into mine as soon as I start our nightly songs. It is perfection - I wish I could bottle it up and save it forever!
There are so many benefits to singing lullabies with your babies, from cognitive development to better sleep routines to parent-child bonding. (This NYT article is a fun read)
Today we wanted to share a couple of our favorite lullabies with you. We’ve used these with our own kids, and we’ve sung them in our live classes so many times.
Do you have a child who resists putting a mask on? Pulls it off when you’re not looking? Gets upset by seeing others in masks? These are all natural reactions, and we certainly can’t blame our kids for struggling with something that feels so very unnatural.
We are not mask experts by any means, but we have come up with a song that is intended to help children get more comfortable with wearing a mask, seeing others in masks, and keeping their own mask on.
We encourage you to watch this video with your child. If you are just now introducing the idea of mask-wearing to your child, or if you’ve already had some not-so-great experiences with mask-wearing, here are a few ideas that might make your life easier:
Today’s video gives you a peek into our July course. This simple tune gives your child the perfect opportunity to practice keeping a steady beat, and reinforcing musical concepts.
We’re also including written notes from the course that we provide to parents:
How to prepare:
How to extend/adapt:
What your child is learning:
If you enjoy watching this video with your child,...
Who here loves Peter and the Wolf?!
It’s one of the most famous pieces of classical music written for children, and we here at Clap for Classics! just adore it. This is why we’re SO excited to announce that our July and August online music courses are based around this great “symphonic fairy tale.”
Our course subscribers had a ton of fun the past 3 months learning about Carnival of the Animals. They enjoyed movement, listening, singing, instrument playing, and even did some musical yoga! Now we’re ready to dive into Peter and the Wolf!
In this piece of music, each character in the story is represented by an instrument. The bird is represented by the flute, the cat by the clarinet, Peter by the strings, etc. This is a fun and helpful way for kids to get familiar with instruments in the orchestra, by creating associations with beloved characters. One of the bonus features of our course is that we include videos of professional musicians playing and...
Today’s Musical Moment teaches about the musical concept of legato through 3 fun songs and activities.
First up -- one of our classic activities -- sing a familiar song smoothly (legato), and then sing it in a silly, bouncy style (staccato). We used London Bridge this time, but this works great with any song your child knows well.
Next -- a Clap for Classics! original, straight from our subscription course. We sing “Legato the Swan” with a scarf in hand, to help us feel and visualize that legato concept -- until the cute surprise ending.
Finally, we get out our ribbon wand (another favorite prop to use when teaching legato), and sing a delightful song about all the bodies of water we enjoy during summertime! (To the tune of “I Love the Mountains”, which you may already be familiar with)
Today, we are excited to spotlight a phenomenal children’s artist, Ella Jenkins. She has been making music for children and with children for more than 50 years, and has even been dubbed the “The First Lady of Children's Folk Song”.
Ella Jenkins has a massive library of children’s music including rhythm songs, instrument songs, call and response, music from around the world and more! I love listening to her because the music is simple, interactive, and thoughtful, and I can just feel an incredible warmth, love, and joy through her music. Her recordings often feature her teaching a song to a group of children, with them responding and singing along. (Here is a great one on YouTube)
We’ve curated a Spotify playlist of some of our favorites from Ms. Jenkins. Be sure to check her out with your kids, we think you’ll love her music as much as we do.
Read more about her here: Ella Jenkins: Artist Spotlight by Smithsonian Folkways
Get ready for an adorable “Musical Moment” today. In a special sneak peek into our June course for subscribers, we’ve turned our hard wood rhythm sticks into silly personalities “Zip and Zap”, who help your child learn spatial awareness, direction-related vocabulary, pitch, and steady beat. It’s a Clap for Classics! original, so we’re sure you haven’t heard it before! But we hope it may become a favorite at your house! It can easily be chanted or sung.
If you want to have some more fun with rhythm sticks, check out our other videos and blog posts here:
This week we have a “musical moment” for you, rather than a “mini class”. It’ll be easy to squeeze this video into your day, and easy to remember the song, so you can keep singing it once the video is over. “Tick Tock Tick Tock, I’m a Little Cuckoo Clock” is catchy, quick to learn, and perfectly adaptable for various age groups. It also teaches counting and steady beat skills.
Elizabeth and Charlotte demonstrate not one, not two, but four ways to sing this song! Same song, different actions each time. Pick what works for you and your kiddo -- The first two are geared toward toddlers and preschoolers, the second two are great for babies. Can you come up with another way to sing this song? How about a helpful way to incorporate it into your daily schedule?
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
I'm a little cuckoo clock.
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
Now it's striking one o'clock,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
I'm a little...
Do you find yourself singing the same familiar tunes with your kids, over and over?
Do you get bored of doing the same old thing, and wish you had some new material?
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