Musical Show and Tell

Musical Show and Tell

‘Show and Tell’ has and will probably always be a favourite in the early years; whether it be a specific session or children are encouraged throughout the day to talk about the object/item brought in from home.

How can 'Show and Tell' be applied to music?

You could encourage the children to bring musical items: instruments; books with songs; CDs with music that they like listening to…

Also

The adults in the early years setting could do the same.

Instruments:

Why not encourage any of the adults who have learnt or play an instrument to bring it in to share with the children whatever it might be a: recorder, flute, cello…? They could just play Twinkle Twinkle or a few notes.  The children will love the experience whatever they are able to play! The aim of this activity is for the children to hear a little of it being played and then maybe let them play it: press a key on a flute or move the bow on cello.  It could be followed up by listening to music that includes the instrument that they have been exploring.

Exploring instruments is something I do regularly with the children I work with.  I have a range of musical instrument that I have acquired over the years that I share with the children at my session; most I’m unable to play but can I can make a sound.  The children love seeing the instruments.  I especially love their inquisitiveness when they see an instrument’s case; they come up with many wonderful ideas as to what might be in the case!

Favourite Music:

As long as the lyrics are suitable, share your favourite music with the children.  Think about ways that you could encourage the children to respond to the music:

  • Movement with a prop: scarf, parachute, puppet
  • Creative: painting, drawing, constructing
  • or playing along with percussion instruments 

Also, don’t just do 'Musical Show and Tell' as a one off.  I’m not suggesting every week but maybe it could be something you do every term.

Happy Music Making!

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Rachael Randles

A great idea, musical 'Show and Tell' that I will definitely be exploring in September. Many thanks.

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