Babies Walkers 2 2s to 3s 3s to 4s

Overview and benefit

Children are encouraged to really listen to very contrasting pieces of music and interpret how it makes them feel.

Equipment required

  • selected music

Training Video

 

coming soon

Duration

  • Two to three weeks

How it works

You can select any pieces of music that have strong emotional contrast to them to play to the children. Play the music, encourage movement, then ask them if they feel the music is Happy/Sad, Exciting/peaceful, Happy/Scary etc

What to do in the class

Have the children seated initially, explain that some music can make you feel happy and some sad and that you are going to play them some music and you want them to think about whether it makes them feel happy or sad (or whatever other emotion the two contrasting pieces have). When you have played each piece, ask them to put their hands up if it makes them feel happy? Then ask them to put their hands up if it makes them feel sad. Encourage input from the children as much as possible. The idea is for them to really listen to the music and to consider how it makes them feel.

Encourage children to respond with their parent to the different sections. Can they move in response to the music? What does it make them think of and how do they move. The music moves between the contrasting styles so they can feel the change and respond during the piece.

Adaptation for older/younger children

This exercise is designed for verbal children

What to do in a nursery setting

No adaptation is required.

Tips

You can expand this idea using different music contrast – here are some idea’s below (all on itunes)

 

Elgar: Pomp & Circumstance March #1 In D, Op. 39/1 Edward Elgar Classical Highlights Vol.1 Loud/exciting
Vocalise Rachmaninov Classics for the Heart Calm
Claire De Lune Debussy Classics for the Heart Calm
Prelude in C minor Frédéric Chopin Classics for the Heart Sad
Mexican Hat Dance (arr. R. Hayman): Mexican Hat Dance Various Artists VIVA ESPANA AND MEXICO Happy
Peer Gynt – In The Hall Of The Mountain King – Edvard Grieg Various Artists Classical Moods – 100 Top Classical Favorites Of All Time Scary
The Planets Suite, Op. 32 – I – Mars, the bringer of war Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Holst: Planets Suite, St. Paul’s Suite, Brook Green Suite* Scary/exiting
The Planets Suite, Op. 32 – II – Venus, the bringer of peace Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Holst: Planets Suite, St. Paul’s Suite, Brook Green Suite* Peaceful
Sabre Dance – George Gerswin Various Artists Classical Moods – 100 Top Classical Favorites Of All Time Fast/exciting
1812 Overture Op.49 – Finale – Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Various Artists Classical Moods – 100 Top Classical Favorites Of All Time Loud/exciting
William Tell Overture – Rossini Various Classical Pieces Three Centuries Of The Greatest Hits Fast/exciting
Flight of the Bumble Bee – Rimsky-Korsakov Various Classical Pieces Three Centuries Of The Greatest Hits Fast/exciting
Champagner-Polka (Champagne Polka), Op. 211 Various Artists The Very Best of Strauss Happy/exciting
The Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Master and Commander scary
Symphony No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 80: IV. Allegro Ma Non Troppo Zurich Chamber Orchestra & Howard Griffiths Ries: Symphonies Nos. 1 – 2 Fast/exciting
Graveyard Ghosts Bright Stars Move to the Music: Toddlers Dance Class Scary
Smelling the Flowers Bright Stars Move to the Music: Toddlers Dance Class Happy
Fairies & Giants Bright Stars Move to the Music: Toddlers Dance Class Happy and scary