Musical Patterns

Musical Patterns lesson plan

  • 1.

    Challenge children who have experience with real instruments such as tambourines, rhythm sticks, and bells.

  • 2.

    First, introduce symbols to indicate which instruments or tones to play. Children put out two different sizes of unit blocks, for example, to make a musical pattern. When you see a square block, the drums play. An arch means it’s time for the tambourines.

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    For Musical Patterns, start with two colors/sounds, and increase the number as children become skilled in ;writing and reading; music. Small, tall metal tins are safe.

  • 4.

    On white paper, draw several small rectangles in a straight row with Crayola® Write Start® Colored Pencils. These will become your music.

  • 5.

    Cover your work area with recycled newspaper. Put on a Crayola® Art Smock.

  • 6.

    Choose two colors. Paint in your rectangles with Crayola® Washable Watercolors and Brushes. Alternate the two colors to make a pattern.

  • 7.

    On another paper, paint two big swatches of the same colors. Dry overnight.

  • 8.

    Tape the two swatches of color to two musical instruments. To make your own instruments, use metal containers. Put a little water in one and a lot of water in the other.

  • 9.

    Play the music you wrote. Gently tap the labeled instruments in the order of the colors on your paper with rectangles. (Use a wooden spoon if you are using metal containers.) Listen to the melody. Can you play slowly? Fast? Soft? Louder? Exchange music w


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