Musical Children in the Making

Activity of the Month

Find the Steady Beat

Practice keeping the beat with a simple, familiar song that can be repeated using different methods of keeping the beat.

Start by singing the song once with your child, emphasizing the word or syllable, nodding your head while you sing. Your child will likely begin doing the same. The second time, pat your legs, then tap your head (or the floor, anything simple will work), clap your hands, etc. Ask your child what they want to do next. Once they seem to get the hang of it, you can add full body movement by marching, jumping, swaying, etc. You can also add rhythm sticks (wooden spoons if you don’t have any), a drum or other props like tapping a plastic cup on the floor or table. Here’s an example of a familiar song, but you can choose any song. Tap the beat on the underlined words or syllables.

Do you know the Muffin Man, the muffin man, the muffin man.
Do you know the Muffin Man, who lives on Drury Lane.
Go on a treasure hunt for steady beats. Can you find a clock ticking, water dripping, the blinker on your car.