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Rhythm Stick Song and Activity

May 29, 2020

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:

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"Tick Tock Tick Tock I'm a Little Cuckoo Clock"

May 21, 2020

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...

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Familiar Favorites With A Twist

May 14, 2020

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? 

We are here to help!

    • First of all, be reassured: It is great to sing the same song again and again! Kids love repetition and continue to learn as they hear songs repeatedly. 
    • Next, we’re guessing you actually know more songs than you realize. We’re sharing a list below, of songs that we and many of our Clap for Classics! followers sing regularly, that you may know too.
  • This is the main point of this blog post: Today we have a few ideas for how you can spice up these old favorites in a new way. Watch Elizabeth’s video, and/or keep reading below for some simple ideas that will bring new life to your at-home music making!
  • And finally, we’ve gotta mention-- here at Clap for Classics! we have a huge repertoire of great quality children’s songs at our fingertips, and we hope...
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Treble and Bass Mini Music Class

May 07, 2020

Today’s mini class introduces the treble clef and the bass clef to young music-makers. These are some of the most recognizable musical symbols, seen ubiquitously in logos and tattoos and, of course, music notation!! For our young audience, we teach the treble and bass clef in a very simple presentation: the treble clef representing high pitched sounds, and the bass clef representing low pitched sounds.

Enjoy as Elizabeth gets kids engaged with their voices and their bodies (Stand up for treble, sit down for bass), introduces some instruments that play high (flute, violin) and low (cello, bass), tells a musical story with “High-Low”  the Kangaroo and a piece of classical music (Carnival of the Animals), and categorizes some more animal friends into treble and bass sounding voices. The class ends with one of our favorite classic children’s songs “Little Bird”.

Here is a treble and bass clef printable for you, if you want to make your own...

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Instrument Highlight: Scarves (what?)

Apr 30, 2020

Ok ok, a scarf is not an instrument! But, it is something that we use all the time in our early childhood music classes, so we thought it would be nice to include alongside our other Instrument Highlights.

What is it about these lightweight, colorful scarves that go so well with music and small children? Here are some of the things we like about them:

  • They are usually brightly colored, which offers opportunities to sing and learn about colors.
  • Perfect for playing peekaboo with babies
  • They are easy to manipulate, but feel very playful as well as they float and land, offering a sensory experience, and a chance to develop spatial awareness for little ones.
  • Holding a scarf while moving your body to music offers an additional visual element to tie in multiple senses to your listening experience.
  • The scarf can help children to visualize and feel musical concepts
    • Pitch: Hold your scarf high in the air for high sounds, and bring it low to the ground for low sounds.
    • Tempo: Shake it fast,...
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Making Music with Pots and Pans!

Apr 23, 2020

Deep questions for your consideration:

  • Is banging on a pot considered music-making? 
  • Should I be happy about the ruckus that my child is making with those pans and utensils? 
  • Where do you draw the line between “noise” and “music”? 

As with most deep questions, there is no clear answer, but we are happy to share a fun “pots and pans” mini music class with you today that may lead you toward your own conclusions! Grab a variety of pots, pans, and utensils, and get ready to make some! (You decide!)

Exploring sounds with pots, pans, and utensils is great for building listening skills and creativity. It’s fun to let your child lead the way here, but if you feel they need some guidance, try some of these prompts:

  • How do sounds change when you strike different parts of the pan (inside, outside, handle, etc)? 
  • How do sounds change when you play the same pan with 2 different types of utensils (one wooden...
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Week of the Young Child Mini-Class

Apr 17, 2020

It’s the National “Week of the Young Child” and we put together a mini class this week to honor young children from babies to preschoolers! 7 year old Caleb is Elizabeth’s sweet helper in this video. Here’s a rundown of the class:

  • This is Big - We start with a simple action song that is perfect for babies, though bigger kids will want to get in on the “action” too.  Great for vocabulary building as well as gross motor development.
  • Little April Shower - A sweet song that you just have to sing each April! Elizabeth teaches it with a “beat vs. rhythm” activity that is great for the preschool crowd. I love the sentiment “We’re getting wet and we don’t care at all!” - I need to remember that for my next rainy day!
  • The Swing - the text is a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson, and it is such a delightful melody that makes you feel like you’re swinging! We turn a beach towel into a “swing” and...
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Bunnies, egg shakers, and a fun classical music activity.

Apr 09, 2020

We’ve got a few “treats” for you, whether or not you are celebrating Easter this week! Watch this mini-class video with your little one, and repeat the activities throughout the week (these are all easy to remember).

  • Bunny Hokey Pokey -- sometimes it’s just good to get those little bodies moving, and sing something familiar with a cute twist. 
  • Sleeping Bunnies -- this has been one of my daughter’s favorites for a long time! What is it about pretending to go to sleep and then wake up that is so fun for little ones? Join in with your kiddos for a great workout! (Just add a plank for the “sleeping” part -- haha!)
  • Shake your Shaker -- We had to include a “colorful egg” song during Easter week -- this one uses another familiar tune (London Bridge) with simple actions that you can remember easily, or come up with on your own.
  • Classical Music activity suggestion -- Pick a fun “springy” classical piece from our...
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Teaching Forte and Piano to Little Ones

Apr 05, 2020


If you’ve studied music even a little bit, you’ve learned the musical terms “forte” and “piano”. Italian for “loud” and “soft”, this concept is especially fun to teach to toddlers and preschoolers. You may have already taught about “inside voices” and “outside voices”, and you probably use the words “loud and soft” regularly. We don’t hold back when it comes to teaching actual musical terms. Young children are constantly learning new vocabulary and absorbing new concepts, and to them these terms won’t sound foreign.

In this mini-class we teach “forte” and “piano” with the help of a lion and a sheep! The 18 minute class is jam packed with great music, learning, and fun! Here’s what you’ll see:

  • A fun “warm-up” song about a fox
  • Meet “Forte” the Lion, and listen to the “Lion” movement from...
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Spring is Here!

Mar 28, 2020

Grab your little one and settle in for a fun, spring-themed mini class with Clap for Classics! Here’s what you can expect:

  • First, a song you know (Itsy Bitsy Spider) taught by Adagio the Tortoise and Presto the Donkey -- these adorable puppet friends will be joining us in our new online a-home music courses!
  • Next a movement activity to go along with Vivaldi’s “Spring”.
  • A song to teach us about the parts of plants, with a cute visual -- sing this song as you explore the beautiful blooms bursting outside!
  • Finally, an instrument song all about spring rain and thunderstorms (Come Under My Umbrella), along with an idea for how to make your own simple “rainstick” (instructions below).

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