At home, we have the opportunity to try many types of home activities with our children: experiments, crafts, painting ... but rarely do we remember music. We think that music has to involve an instrument or knowing music. Nothing is further from reality! To show you, then I'm going to explain three music games and activities for children of different ages and musical knowledge. They are great for children to have fun at home.
First, I focus on two musical activities that do not require any prior knowledge of music. They are music games that will help in the development of hearing, rhythmic sense, imagination and musical memory.
- Let's draw the music. For children of all ages
At home there are times when we draw music: I put a piece of music for them and ask them to draw or paint it. Sometimes I ask them not to lift the marker from the paper. It's fun to see what comes out of this musical activity: the lines, the curves, the dots, and the colors… it's all part of how we interpret what we hear.
This activity allows children to freely visualize what they hear.
- Sound memory. For children over 6 years old
For this activity it is necessary for the family to sit in a circle. A family member generates a sound, either by clapping their hands, tapping the ground, or snapping their fingers (imagination is the limit!). The next member repeats the previous sound and adds their own. And so on until someone makes a mistake and the game starts again.
If you and your children already know how to write music, we can move on to the musical dictation. Remember, the most important thing about music games at home is having fun, not perfection.
As you may already know, musical dictation is one of the resources that music teachers use to improve children's musical hearing, but also for them to practice writing music.
To do this, we must play a melody with an instrument (normally we use a piano). The child must transcribe what he is listening to on a staff. If we do not have the possibility to use an instrument to 'dictate' the child, we can use a recording of the melody.
There are two ways in which we can present this game to our children. We can make a melodic dictation, in which the children must identify the sounds (do, re, mi, fa, sol ...). But there is also the possibility of making a rhythmic dictation, in which your children will have to write the duration of the notes (eighth note, quarter note, white ...).
Although my favorite activity related to musical dictation is creating a melody and dictating to the rest of the family. Children love this! Creating and writing music not only helps develop your creativity It also increases your self-esteem. Remember that the melody should be at the child's musical level.
There are numerous musical activities for children of all ages that, in addition to being fun (and helping reduce the stress of being at home), help to develop coordination, concentration, attention, memory, active listening, imagination and creativity - to mention some of the benefits detailed in the thesis 'The importance of music for integral development in the Infantile stage' by María Teresa García Molina for the University of Cádiz (Spain).
And here, as a mother, I am going to tell you something about which you may not agree with me. Music, more than being perfect at the age of a primary or infant child, is subjective, it is a language, and it is a way of transmitting emotions. Children have to learn it not as a science but as a way of expression, a fun activity that will accompany them for the rest of their lives.
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