|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.
- selected music
- 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.
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|