In this Preschool Prodigies music lesson, we practice singing and playing patterns long and short sounds with the C bell. In music, some sounds are held longer than others, which is the basis of rhythm. We won’t be doing too much with proper rhythms until Chapter 9. In the meantime, we’ll be relying on easy-to-follow graphics, simple rhythms and lots of repetition.
In Short and Long Stars, we …
- Learn that some sounds are long and some sounds are short
- Play short and long red stars in different combinations
- Continue our practice of singing and playing the Red Bell C, which is our home based for most of Preschool Prodigies.
Short and Long Star Follow Up Activities
Inside the Chapter 1 workbook, you’ll find worksheets for completing patterns that focus on note length and rhythm. The best way to expand on rhythm activities like this is to try playing the worksheets with a metronome. If you don’t have a metronome, you can find one online (Google has one) or you can probably find a free one on whatever device you’re using.
Metronomes work on the idea of beats per minute (BPM). Many of Preschool Prodigies songs are at 90 BPM because it’s a great speed for learning songs. 60 BPM feels a little too slow for lots of songs, and while 120 BPM is the speed of a lot of popular music (and a great tempo to internalize), that’s a little too fast for learning songs. Using your metronome to guide the pace of your music, try playing some of the song sheets from Chapter 1.
If you don’t have an instrument, the Do hand sign from 1.1 can be used in this video. Simply use the hand-sign instead of playing the red bell!
You can also encourage your learner to write down and sing out some of his or her own patterns using a red crayon!
You can also ask your child simple questions about what they learned in music this week. Some examples are…
1. Can you sing 2 short notes and one long note while I clap my hands slowly?
2. What color notes did you play for short and long sounds?
3. Can you play short and long sounds on any note? (Answer: yes)
4. How many short notes made up one long one in your lesson? (Answer: 2)
In the next lesson, we’ll be learning about the “Shh” note, also known as a rest. Understanding rests, short notes, and long notes will allow us to build on rhythms in different ways, so practice, practice, practice!