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?
We are here to help!
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...
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:
Deep questions for your consideration:
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 music...er...noise?! (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:
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:
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).
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:
Grab your little one and settle in for a fun, spring-themed mini class with Clap for Classics! Here’s what you can expect: