In my last blog post I walked you through selecting scrap metal for making musical instruments; now it’s time to show you how I built a strong and easy to build PVC frame and turned some scrap aluminium castings into a bell tree. I use these instruments in my Child’s Play Music hands-on play-based music incursions with young children in all kinds of Early Childhood Education settings here in Perth.
You can use this frame design for many different instruments – even for hanging old pots and pans. I have 3 frames: for my stainless steel cymbals, my aluminium gongs, and now this one for my aluminium castings bell tree.
I firmly believe that the best way for young children to learn music is through free, hands-on self-directed play. Formal music lessons can be wonderful for older children but for young children nothing beats exploration and free play.
I made this poster about music play and I think it explains my beliefs about young children and music very well. It got quite a few shares on Facebook and it seems to have struck a chord with people.
Let me expand a little on what I mean by “Music play is play!”:
Play is the fundamental way that children learn and make sense of their world, and music play is simply one of the many forms of play. But what is “play”?
If you want to do a great play-based music program in early childhood settings, providing a music-rich environment is 90% of the battle. But sometimes that can be difficult to achieve in a classroom – music play can be loud! Sometimes too loud!
Which is why your outdoor area is the best place for your music program – and why I’ve written a blog post for PreK + K Sharing with tips and tricks for taking the music outside.
From which of your “real” instruments work best & how to set them up, to building music stations and encouraging music to movement, it’s extensively illustrated and has a hands-on practical focus.
Outside is the place for music play!
Check it out now at PreK + K Sharing, the cooperative early childhood blog.