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I am a lover of music. It was around the age of ten that I really noticed it, but my mom told me that when I was having a hard time at naptime/bedtime she would put on music, which soothed me to sleep in no time. To this day, music soothes my soul. My favorite artist is Guy Penrod. His voice is rich and has the sound of country, but for fourteen years he was a southern gospel lead singer in my favorite group, the Gaither Vocal Band (GVB). You can probably tell when I write the lyrics of songs sung by GVB, such as Place Called Hope.
It is at the young ages that you can build this sense of admiration and love of music in your children. This is the time when you can play the classics of Beethoven and Mozart and instill in them the love of the classical composers of long ago.
You can have a lot of fun in the early years of toddlers and preschoolers. There are homemade instruments, musical games, and beautifully painted picture books that give the history of the musical geniuses.
Classic & Composer Activities for Young Children
- Musical Chairs – Set up the chairs to play musical chairs, and use classical music by a specific composer!
- What Note Am I? – Never heard of this game till now! Looks so fun AND it’s educational.
- Mr. Music – A twist on, Mother May I?
- Musical Hopscotch
- Lives of the Musicians
- Beethoven Lives Upstairs
- For the Love of Music: The Remarkable Story of Maria Anna Mozart
- Musical Genius: A Story about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- I, Vivaldi
- Music for the End of Time
- Young Mozart
- Introducing Bach
- Plastics Egg Shakers (There are more ideas for making instruments, but I loved the Easter Egg Shaker idea!)
- Tissue Box Guitar & Tambourine Bracelets (Unique and easy to make instruments! Your three year old could even make these!)
- Maracas – A plastic bottle and some rice and you’ve got yourself your own homemade maraca! OR
- Egg Maracas!
With the games, books, and homemade instruments above you can be on your way to making an imprint of musical history in your child’s life. Wouldn’t it be something impressive if your child walks into a restaurant that was playing a classical piece and stated who the composer was? Or wouldn’t you be amazed when your child tells you the history of the song being played? It could happen.
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