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Learn a lot about rhythm by listening to the world around you

Rhythm and beat will make the sounds more interesting. These elements control the speed and movement of what you hear. For example; clap your hands twice to one of your footsteps. Then try four claps to every step. You will notice one beat was faster. You can learn a lot about rhythm by listening to the world around you. Try following the beat of these with the clap of your hand; a clock ticking, a dripping tap, a cat purring, walking slowing , running quickly, skipping, hopping, the clicked clack of train or tram, in rhythm and speech, and of course in music itself. Which beat made you want to fall to sleep?

In musical language, pitch is the word that describes how high or low a sound is. Pitch is determined by the speed of the vibrations. Some instruments can vibrate for a long time, or a short time. This is known as duration. You can change the duration by playing an instrument harder or softer, or by ending the vibrations sooner (as you would if you hit a triangle and then touched it).

When using basic percussion instruments with preschoolers, such as bells, egg shakers, finger cymbals and castanets, experimenting and discovering is vital, as is making time for a good old musical hullabaloo. To raise awareness of rhythm, beat, pitch and duration, you could ask the children to count how long an instrument makes a sound after being hit harder or softer, different ways of producing a sound from the instrument; on the hand, floor, a chair, holding the part that makes the sound to hear a different sound, slowly or quickly, how the sound changes – for instance rubbing finger cymbals together produces a completely different sound to tapping them together.

Exploration of sounds, rhythm and beat is beneficial to improving aural attentiveness and focus, assists with the learning of mathematics and the spoken language, engages imagination and lateral thinking, and using the instruments improves coordination and strengthens hand muscles.

The world is full of sounds with rhythm and beat, pitch and duration, but when you’re a preschooler, it’s extremely satisfying being able to discover and make these happen yourself. you will learn rhythm process to not only understand, but deep inside you feel it. For this purpose there are plenty of exercises that you can safely pass without your instrument.

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