Children learn with their whole bodies. There are a bunch of fun music and movement activities to teach children to hear and identify high and low sounds.
You will need a piano or other instrument that you can play high and low notes on. Before you begin the games be sure the children know what high, medium and low sounds are.
Play a high note and have the children put their hands on their heads.
Play a medium note and have them put their hands on their tummies.
Play a low note and have them touch their toes.
Then go faster and start mixing up the order. See if they can tell if you are playing high, medium or low notes.
Once they have gotten that down you can play Melt Like a Snowman.
Melt Like a Snowman
The children stand up straight and tall. Then start playing high notes and slowly walk your fingers down the keyboard. As the notes go down the children start melting very slowly like a snowman melting in the sun. They have to learn to melt slowly. Don’t go too fast! My students have fun melting across the floor.
Grow Like a Flower
Once you get to the bottom of the keyboard and your children have melted across the floor, it is time to Grow Like a Flower.
Start at the low notes and start walking up the keyboard. As you play your children can grow from a tiny seed in the ground, sprout and burst into a flower.
These activities help children identify high and low sounds with high and low body positions. They are perfect for teachers to use in a classroom setting and simple enough for parents with no musical background to do at home.