Thursday, January 27, 2011

Making maestros

3 year old Jonathan conducting to the 4th movement of Beethoven's 5th Symphony,
via Rosie (thanks!)

We're not at THIS point yet, but we do love some conducting around here.  Sometimes we quiet the wiggles in church by helping the kids conduct the music from their chairs, and sometimes we conduct to the music on the radio in the car or living room.  It's a great way to get them moving and start learning rhythm.

Every Monday we have family night and open with a song and WonderGirl, ever the drama queen, insists on conducting it.  One week, and we all sang and followed her tempo exactly.  At first, she was amused that suddenly the movement of her arms could be so powerful and she had a ball slowing things down and then speeding them up again.  Sometimes my husband or I take turns conducting and she has to follow our tempo.   The one-year-old Dude has no idea what we're doing, but he finds it, like most things it life, hilarious, and runs around in circles while we sing, laughing hysterically.  Do you have any games that you use to teach tempo?  Share!


Floyd said...

What a great way to teach conducting and tempo! Sounds like a lot of fun. I'll have to try this with my kiddos.

Jane said...

Not to be nit-pickey Floyd but they ARE your kiddos yes?
I was 26 before I figured out the tempo thing, so I wish you were my mommy and taught me when I was small.

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