Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Music Theory with Mirrors

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We have done our fair share of music activities around here, but it's the first time that we have used mirrors to explore music theory.  This activity can be tailored to different ages as I will explain below, but both of my boys had a blast with it.

Music theory for kids using mirrors from And Next Comes L

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For this activity, we used:

I drew a grand staff on the mirror using the window markers and set out a variety of colored glass stones.

Grand staff drawn on a mirror from And Next Comes L

After letting the boys explore the materials on their own for a bit, I pointed out how the grand staff has lines and spaces.  Identifying the differences between lines and spaces is an important step in reading music, so it's an easy music theory activity for preschool aged children.  Additionally, counting the lines and spaces is another preschool friendly activity.

Older kids can practice note naming by placing the glass stones on the lines and spaces for particular notes.

J started placing glass stones on each line and counted each line.  He told me there were ten lines.  

Adding line notes to grand staff (music theory for kids) from And Next Comes L

Adding line notes to grand staff (music theory for kids) from And Next Comes L

Adding line notes to grand staff (music theory for kids) from And Next Comes L

Then the boys did the same thing with the space notes.  Just like they did for the line notes, the boys counted the number of space notes on the grand staff.  

Adding space notes to grand staff (music theory for kids) from And Next Comes L

Adding space notes to grand staff (music theory for kids) from And Next Comes L

Toddlers may also be able to identify lines and spaces or count the number of each.  However, my toddler had some other suggestions...

Like standing on the grand staff.  One foot for each clef!

Toddler approach to music theory from And Next Comes L

And since a mirror was involved, K, of course, had to take a peek at himself, which lead to him getting blue marker all over his face.  Then J joined in until the mirror (and their faces!) were completely smeared with blue marker.  The giggles that erupted from these two were definitely a highlight for me!

Toddler approach to music theory from And Next Comes L

Looking for other ways to explore music theory using the grand staff?  Check out this grand staff game!

Music theory for kids using mirrors from And Next Comes L
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6 comments:

  1. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Aw, thanks, Neely! You're very welcome. :)

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  2. Great reflective music over here! : ) Will try on my boys! Thanks!

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  3. I just LOVE this! Thank you so much for taking the time to share this fabulous activity. This post, with one photo is being featured at http://everystarisdifferent.blogspot.com as part of a round up of amazing music theory activities!

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