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Music can be fun with kids, and it could be as simple as clapping, dancing and singing!
When kids participate in music activities, for instance, moving with the rhythm and keeping the beat, the brain starts forming connections that help sharpens motor skills and it also helps to establish routine that enhance their learning power.
Try some of these music activities that will get them moving:
The Marching Parade
Try making a homemade drum or re-use pot, bowl or even shoe box and prepare ice-cream sticks or chop sticks. Play a nursery rhyme, the key is to introduce to kids to march and hit the drum while the music is playing.
Ask the kids to march without the drums and once they are ready, proceed to hit the drum according to the beat of the music. You may increase the complexity by increasing the tempo.
Playing in a Concert
Parents/Teachers are encouraged to introduce famous/pop songs of various genres beyond classical music. For this activity, kids will use the homemade instruments as shown in the first game. You could even sing along, or play with a musical instrument to feel more like a concert!
My Body Percussion, Clapping Hands!
Clapping is one of the body percussions to introduce sounds, rhythm and beat. Try to play a nursery rhyme that helps the kids to clap along with the music. Next, teach them to sing the words. The last step would be to sing the words and clap together with the music.
You could take a step further to clap the first few rhythms and test if the kids are able to clap back to you accurately. Repetition is the key, do give them a few tries and keep going until they get it right.
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Research has shown that students involved in music helps them to achieve better academic results than non-music students, and the exposure to music development such as adjusting decisions on tempo, tone, style, rhythm, phrasing, and feeling--train the brain to become incredibly good at organizing and conducting numerous activities at once.
Dedicated practise of the skill can have a great payoff for lifelong attention skills, intelligence, and ability for
self-knowledge and expression.
Play some Online Music Learning Games
Most of these games include time limit which helps to test the student's response and notes reading skills.
Check out this website: http://www.pianogamesonline.org/game/8/Note-Typing.html
Use Hands-on Activities
Kids enjoy hands-on activities when learning. Using an activity with objects such as Milo can, pots and pans make the music learning experience more exciting and fun! Allow kids to play with something may also help to extend their attention span.
Watch, Listen and Sing-Along Music Videos
Search for some YouTube videos that are suitable for kids to watch, listen and sing along. Invest some time to sing with them and explore the sounds.