Earth Music

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    < 1 hour

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    A Little Messy

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Music is all around us – in the sound of the birds, the wind in the trees, the noise our feet make as we walk, a barking dog, or cricket chirp.

Question and Wonder:

  • Do you have a favorite type of music or song that you like to listen to?
  • Does some music make you happy? Are there any songs that make you want to dance or sing?
  • I wonder how instruments are made…
  • Can you make music without instruments? How?
  • Can you make music using your body and the things you find in nature? I wonder if….

Walk around your yard or a park and gather items you think will make the best sounds.

Imagine and Design:

  • Go outside, close your eyes and listen. Open your eyes and see if you can identify the sources of the sounds you heard.
  • Try imitating the sounds you heard with just your voice.
  • How do those sounds influence the things you choose to make your music?
  • Experiment by striking the items with different tools like your hands, a rock, or a stick. How does the sound change?
  • How can you include nature’s noises in your music?

Test and Discuss:

  • Write a song for your new instruments.
  • Does it have words? Why?
  • Do you think a song needs words?
  • Perform your composition for family and friends. Invite them to play and sing along.
  • Play your music outside and let the birds and the sounds around you be part of the music.
  • Do you think this is how music began? Why do you think that?

Did you Know? 

People have been making music for thousands of years. The oldest musical instrument ever found is a flute made from bone. It is 43,000 years old!

Remember, your child’s brain is a sponge, soaking up words, experiences, sensations. Even if they cannot speak yet, talk to them, with them, ask questions. They are hearing and absorbing, and you are giving them language for their thoughts.


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