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Summer Learning Series: Cynthia Catchpole

July 27, 2015
By Tate's School

Cynthia Catchpole - Music Teacher

Music is everywhere!  Over the next few weeks of summer, I encourage your children to listen for the music in the world around them. Challenge them to identify sounds each day and classify pitches as high or low, loud or soft. Classify repeated sounds as fast or slow. Listen critically to the sounds of nature and compare/contrast what you hear (a particular bird may have a higher call than another or sing a melody that descends or repeats). For an added challenge, try to imitate what you hear. Can you make your voice do that? 

As you begin to hear the music in nature, explore non-traditional ways to make your own music. Create funky rhythms with buckets and sticks, pots and pans, hands and feet. Create a beat with the sweeping broom and make up a song to go along with it. 

There are also many wonderful educational music websites. A few your children might enjoy include Classics for Kids and the New York Philharmonic KidZone.