25 February 2020

Play-based Music for Elementary Students at Home

Published by Stamford American School Hong Kong
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Two weeks ago, Ms. Tina Bachelder-Schwab, Head of Arts at Stamford shared some ideas for engaging with your children through play-based music activities at home. This week, she is back with some new songs to share.

If you enjoyed the ‘found sound’ activities, gather your  household items and play along with these two tunes:

“Radetzky March” by Johann Strauss (great for children of all ages - try to copy the changes in volume)

“In the Hall of the Mountain King” Edvard Grieg (This is a favorite in Grade 2 at Stamford!)

Remember to look for items that have a unique sound when played together:

  • A plastic bowl and wooden or metal spoon (hand drum)
  • Two wooden or metal spoons to hit together (rhythm sticks)
  • Plastic or metal bucket turned over and played with hands (African drum)
  • Small food container with a cover and some coins rice or beans inside (maraca or shaker)
  • Plastic bottle with a little rice or beans inside (maraca or shaker)

With many families spending a lot of time indoors, it is important to take a brain break to get up and move regularly.  Here are some tunes to get the wiggles out! All you will need is a little bit of space. Make sure you move safely and be aware of objects around you! 

“BINGO”  - This classic is a great song for younger children to sing and clap along.

“Move and Freeze” - This action song is great for all ages so gather your friends and family and try out the fun moves.  Can you catch anyone who is not frozen?  

We hope you are all enjoying our online home learning activities!

The Arts Program at Stamford American School Hong Kong delivers weekly music, visual art and drama lessons to students from Pre-Primary to Grade 10.  Students are also encouraged to pursue their passions, and try something new through the many offerings in our Co-Curricular Activities after-school as well as private one-to-one instrumental music lessons.  To find out more about our engaging Arts program, please visit our website or contact our Admissions Team.

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