How to Teach Music in Preschool

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Teaching music to preschoolers is all about getting the kids involved by incorporating body movements and musical instruments. Discover how repetition can help teach music to preschoolers with help from a preschool teacher in this free video on teaching music to preschoolers.

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Hi, my name is Krista Blessing, and I am going to talk to you about how to teach music to preschoolers. Materials you'll need for this are: instruments, and music. When you are teaching preschoolers about music, you want to make it an experience that they are involved with. So, you don't want to just sing at them, you want them to sing with you. And, one way to do that is to have different songs that they've learned. Maybe the Itsy Bitsy Spider. That one is a good one because you get to incorporate body movements into the music. For example, they can do the Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the water spout, so, that's just an example. But, it really helps when they have other parts of their body involved in the song. Also, you can have musical instruments. These are some clackers, but really you can have all sorts of things. Here is a drum, and they can get involved by not just singing or not only singing, but also playing an instrument. Also, it's good to have repetition. So, if they are learning the Itsy Bitsy Spider, you don't want to do it just one time. They are not going to learn it that quickly. It's great if you have it in your lesson plans for the week and learn it every single day, maybe a couple of times. And, they really enjoy also listening to music, so even if you are not doing a specific lesson plan with music and they want to hear some music, you can just put it on your CD player and have them listen to it. So, those are a few ways to teach preschoolers about music. And, that is how you teach music to preschoolers.

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