|Babies||Walkers to 2||2s to 3s||3s to 4s|
Overview and benefit
Learning to listen and react to tempo changes in music is an essential part of a child’s musical skills.
- Chosen set of songs
Up to six weeks
How it works
There are three songs recorded at varying tempos:
- Grand Old Duke of York – Slow, Normal, Fast
- Row Row Row – Slow, Normal, Fast
- Driving in my Car Car – Slow, Normal, Fast
What to do in the class
Choose a song, explain that the song may be fast or slow. Play and do the song together then discuss with the child as to whether they think it is fast or slow. Then play the alternative tempo of the song and help children hear and feel the difference in their movements. The following week use a different song. You can advance things by using the normal speed version too, then the children have to decide which song is the ‘right’ speed!
Adaptations for older/younger children
What to do in a nursery setting
No adaption necessary