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Activity of the Month​​

Musical Expression

​Submitted by: Tamurra Cornish


Musical Expression describes the variables in music such as dynamics (loud and soft), tempo (fast and slow).Try this activity below with your child to help him/her understand how to hear AND create these differences. 


Use a drum (or any household item that you can tap with either your hand or a mallet) to play along, or just use your voice, following the directions in the song to emphasize the different dynamics or tempos (i.e. slow, fast, quiet, loud). The words can be spoken as a chant, or put to a familiar tune (“Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”).

Five little drum rolls playing in a row
The first one said play me slow (play very slow)

Five little drum rolls playing in a row
The second one said play me fast (play very fast)

Five little drum rolls playing in a row
The third one said play me quiet (play very quiet)

Five little drum rolls playing in a row
The fourth one said play me loud (play very loud)

Five little drum rolls playing in a row
The fifth one said play me a song (free play on the drum)

Repeat the song, replacing the descriptive word with the musical term below:

slow = largo
fast = allegro
quiet = piano
loud = forte