Demonstrate ways to play the instruments.
Does your little one ever like to copy the things you do and say at home? It’s no different in the classroom! As you find creative ways to use the instruments, your child will take note and often try to mimic the way you’re using them.
Create new sounds
Try encouraging your little one to discover each instrument’s unique sound and then challenge him to try creating a different sound. Explore unconventional ways of playing the instrument. For example, the ridges on the handle of our bells make a great guiro-like sound when the handles are rubbed together. Or, saying things like, “can you play the shaker quietly?” or “can you tap the drum with your fingertips?” will inspire your child to experiment with a diverse range of sounds!
Copy your child’s ideas and offer variations
It can be very affirming to your little one when you copy his or her ideas for using the instruments in class. As you replicate the tapping, rubbing, and swaying of her instruments, she’ll feel validated and eager to keep trying new ideas! She’ll also appreciate the variations on her ideas that you offer—they will inspire her creative and innovative spirit.
Join in the Fun
Regardless of age, playing with instruments is just plain fun! And in Kindermusik, part of the fun is that everyone can play along in their own way – no one right way to participate. Not only that, but each instrument play-along is a special time for you and your little one to bond and create precious musical moments together.
We hope you benefit from these tips and continue to enjoy the instruments, dances, rhymes, sweet friends, and enchanting musical experiences our classes have to offer!