Sunday, 26 May 2019

Tips to Let Your Child Learn Rhythm Easily and Progress Fast in Her Music Lessons

If you want your child to start learning music at an early age, one of the most important things he should start learning is rhythm.

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Here are the reasons behind teaching rhythm to children and also actual activities that you can incorporate in your kid’s lessons.

Feeling the Beat

If you think that if your child show up for her lessons, learn the pieces, learn notations, practise at home and count the beats, she will automatically learn everything she needs to understand rhythm, you are wrong.

Rhythm and tone depend on each other. They are intertwined together to create melody. However, people think that these two are independent and are not braided at all.

Thus a child can never really learn or feel rhythm by just attending the music lessons. They should get up and move since movement activates the brain’s rhythm processor.

Tiny Tiny Shop Shop has numerous rhythm musical toys with which they can perform the activities given below.

Basics

Basically rhythm contains three elements:

  1. Microbeats (also called the “little beat” or meter)
  2. Macrobeats (also known as the “big beat” or tempo)
  3. Melodic rhythm patters

All these three are required to set rhythmic context. If just one of them is absent, rhythm becomes erratic, inconsistent and rigid.

Rhythmic chanting and movement go together. Through chanting and movement, children can know about several different patterns in rhythm.

This helps them to develop a rhythm vocabulary just as they learn a language vocabulary. And just as they can speak a language fluently due to vocabulary, rhythm vocabulary makes children fluent in playing rhythms.

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Rhythmic Activities

When activities are incorporated along with rhythm, children can easily learn it. Here are some such activities. You can buy baby musical instruments from Tiny Tiny Shop Shop to produce rhythm.

Body Parts Activity

Chant a rhythm pattern, play a rhythm musical toy like drum or sing a song while your child moves one part of her body at a time, e.g. thumbs, then shoulders, elbows, hips and knees in continuous motion and curvy pathways.

Balloon Activity

Let your child stand with a balloon in each hand and take them on a “ride” in front, to the sides, above and behind them, while chanting a rhythm pattern, playing a rhythm musical toy, singing or moving to recorded music.

Keep in mind that the movements should be flowing and continuous.

Rope Activity

This needs two children. Make them stand facing each other and let them hold opposite ends of two pieces of a rope of equal length.

They should sing a song they are learning while swaying their arms back and forth to the macrobeat. Children can even use a scarf or hold hands instead of ropes.

Pass the Ball

You can encourage this activity for your child together with his friends. Establish the tempo. Make all children sit or stand in a circle and pass the ball on the macrobeat.

Start with one ball and then add more once they become proficient.

Bounce the Ball

This is similar to pass the ball but only one child can do it. Children can bounce the ball on the big beat while singing a piece they are learning or chanting the rhythm pattern or playing a rhythm musical toy.

These activities will develop a good sense of rhythm in your child and you’ll be surprised to see her progress in music lessons.