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9-24-98

Name: Donna
E-Mail: DLWBAB@aol.com

Classical music...as a music major in college I have always thought classical music was very important and it has always been a focal part of my center (open since 1991). We have always incorporated classical music into our curriculum and now recent brain research is showing the enormous benefits of the use of classical music in early childhood education. Don't just think of classical music as "soothing and non-aggressive" because it isn't all like that. Most of it has a strong beat and I defy people NOT to tap their feet to most of Beethoven's symphonies!! Besides playing it as background music, we introduce it during music class. We listen to different styles. Discuss the instruments. The tempo. Whether it is happy or sad or angry or what other emotion it conveys to us. A lot of times you can use different music for certain themes. Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals" could be used for a circus or animal theme. THe children could act out the animals while listening or draw the animals they hear. (And listen to the Aquarium section...for those of us into Disney's Beauty and the Beast it is strangely similar) FOr Halloween you might listen to Mussorgsky's "A Night On Bald Mountain" or Saint-Saens' "Danse Macabre." Be creative and have a great time with it! What children learn to appreciate now will stay with them their entire lives! I love introducing children to all my old friends: Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Handel, DuParc, Faure, Saint-Saens, etcetera!


Submitted by:  Daylene                  E-Mail: aactchrday@aol.com

Some ideas for incorporating music and rhythm into your day

1. Find books which reinforce musical concepts such as the PiggyBack Song series. You can find the PiggyBack series at any educational supply store.  The songs in these books are simple and the melodies are familiar. In each book, the songs are categorized by different themes.  

2. Use music activity cassette tapes.  Some of my favorites are:  Bev Bos, Charlotte Diamond, Greg and Steve, and of course our old favorite Hap Palmer!

3.  If you use music for rest or nap time, dig up some classical music. Let the children know who the composer is and what the piece is called. Talk about how the music makes the children feel.

4.  Play classical music during center time.  I have found that this helps to cut down on aggressiveness and build the children's appreciation for classical music. 

5.  Sing, sing, sing during transition times.