Red Balloons Lesson 12

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Lesson #12

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In TWO weeks (no class on Thanksgiving week), it will be a parent day and tuition is due! We are heading toward the end of the year, which means we will be finishing up Red Balloons and moving to our Blue Bugs Semester.  I’m so excited to start Blue Bugs! The time has flown by and I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching your children! It is amazing to watch as they learn concepts and develop skills that seem simple and fun to them, but are quite complex in their musical meaning, we just haven’t labeled them yet. We call this subconscious learning. I hope you have enjoyed your ‘musical time,’ (aka play practice & music exposure) working with your children and helping them on their journey to not only develop lifelong musical aptitude but cementing skills and concepts that will serve them the rest of their lives.

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Who Took the Cookie?

This may seem to be a simple child’s game, but there is wonderful rhythm component. When you talk during the chant the child is learning to keep a steady beat and verbally respond to and anticipate the rhythm.

Chords in Pieces

Our ears were in training during this activity. The students were learning to hear and identify a right or wrong chord. So essential to developing the musician inside.

Puppet Show

This week we did something a little different. We identified instrumentation by listening to the butterfly kissing the flower! When the students can hear different sounds and instruments within a piece it comes alive and they become sensitive listeners.

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, here is a fun video and some fun activities you and your child will love! Below the video, you will see a download of the chord map for 5 Fat Turkeys. You can download an autoharp app and play on your phone or tablet. (You will play the C, F and G chords for Red, Blue and Yellow.)

Enjoy the following thoughts on why music is such a gift to your children. They are an insightful review of why music education is so important.

3 Big Ways to Boost Your Child's Brain Using Music 

5 Fat Turkeys Chord Map
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