There are many opportunities to watch a parade this time of year. Whether you visit a high school football game or catch a holiday parade, the booming rhythm of a big band can get your child excited about music and movement.
Try out different instruments at home, then get ready to march! Pots and pans make great simple drums. Take turns leading the band. Set the tempo with a drum and play along as you march around the room. Practice playing fast and slow, quiet and loud.
Little Pig Joins the Band by David Hyde Costello provides lots of marching band inspiration. Each member of Little Pig’s family finds a place in the band, but Little Pig just can’t seem to find an instrument that works for him. Then he discovers that the band needs a leader!
For more musical inspiration, try one of KDL’s many classical music CDs available for children.
— Sara M. at the Sand Lake / Nelson Township Branch
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Posted by: Shelley