Musical Children in the Making

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Congratulations to Amy and her husband on the birth of their beautiful baby girl.





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Musical Moments

Long and Short Sounds

A fun way  to learn short and long sounds is to sing songs with animal sounds.   The  song below  is sung to the melody of the first part of the song   "Galumph Went the Little Green Frog".  We can sing about the pig, dog, and duck for short sounds. We can sing about the cow, sheep, and horse for long sounds.

Oink, oink went the little pink pig one day.
Oink, oink went the little pink pig.
Oink, oink went the little pink pig one day and she lived on the farm.
Repeat with  Woof, Woof, went the little gray dog.
Quack, quack went the little yellow duck.
Moooo, moooo went the little brown cow one day.
Moooo, mooo went the little brown cow.
Moooo, moooo went the little brown cow one day and she lived on the farm.
Repeat with  Baaaa, Baaaa went the little white sheep.
Neigh, Neigh went the little brown cow.

Here is a link to the tune if it is unfamiliar: 

Duration - Long and Short Sounds

​Duration of sounds—both inside and outside of the musical realm—can be easily related to a child’s everyday activities and the world around him or her.  Kidstunes teachers will  familiarize students with these sounds first by describing them,  eliciting examples (such as humming, clicking, shhhing, buzzing, snapping, clapping, patting, etc.), finding them in everyday examples, and then discovering them through songs, movement games, and instrument play! 

  Use sounds and patterns in your home to point out differences as well -  the clock ticking, the sound of water running,        tapping on the table or floor, a kitten’s purr, etc.  It is most  important to help children recognize the difference between ONE long sound and a succession of short sounds.  Short sounds are often repeated with little pauses between, but they are still short sounds!  Older children may understand that if we can count them, they are usually short sounds.  Whereas, long sounds are one continuous sound.  Another clue: how do you want to move when you hear them?  Do you feel like marching OR skating? Clapping OR swaying?  

​​Lara's Letter

What a GREAT start to a new school year we had in September. Kidstunes welcomed over 50 new students in our parent-sponsored programs and two new schools in the Hickory area. We are so excited to be able to share the joy of music with so many children!

   Students explored keeping their voices during the month by learning how to use their talking voice, whispering voice, outside voice, and of course SINGING voice. They practiced their singing voices by echoing their teacher as she sings, singing each other’s names (which also helps us get to know new friends), singing their own names and LISTENING  to the pitches and patterns they heard.

   Your child may talk about crocodile games, clock songs, clapping, marching, stomping, nodding and using drums and rhythm sticks to keep a steady beat. This is the foundation of music and a concept they will continue the entire year.

      In October we move on to Duration - or long and short sounds.  This is the next step in creating rhythm patterns.!