Tips for Doing Music with
Cathy's Music LLC
that make a
director's job easy!
As preschool choir directors and music teachers, it is reassuring to know that preschoolers don't care if you have perfect pitch.
Your preschoolers will sing their hearts out for you if you are a good song "cheerleader".
Selecting Songs for your Preschoolers to Sing
. . . Select songs that have a message. It might be the only thing your preschool children remember when they get home so send them home with a message!
. . . Select songs that help children to learn the promises of God and the stories of God's people.
. . . The most popular preschool songs have only 6 notes and 10-15 kid-friendly words. Choose age-appropriate songs for your preschoolers.
. . . Select songs that are packed with motions and hand rhythms because if some of your preschoolers don't want to sing, they can still participate by doing the motions to the songs.
. . . This is a time to expose preschoolers to many styles of music. Be sure to include 50's, blues, waltzes, 6/8, country, marches, loud, quiet, rap, rock, mellow and the list goes on and on.
. . . Teach preschoolers dynamics by teaching them how to sing both loud and soft.
. . . Teach preschoolers tempos by teaching them how to sing both slow and fast.
. . . Teach preschoolers about the space around them by including motions in songs where they clap up high, then clap down low, and then clap all around.
How can you keep your old, familiar preschool songs interesting? Try adding something new!
. . . Play kazoos for a verse.
. . . Pass out puppets to your preschoolers and have the puppets sing a verse or two.
. . . Use bandanas or scarves (be sure to give preschool children lots of space to do their large arm movements - they need it!).
. . . Teach sign language (there are lots of great sign language video resources available online).
. . . Sing "do-do-do" or "la-la-la" for a verse.
. . . Hum a verse.
Your preschool children clap in many of their songs. Try replacing the claps with:
. . . pom-poms
. . . rhythm sticks or rhythm eggs (click here for Instructions on making your own rhythm sticks & rhythm eggs)
. . . plastic drink cups in all sorts of wonderful colors (you can clap the cups together or tap them on the floor)
. . . jingle bells
. . . pats on their legs or heads or tummies
. . . pats on their neighbor's backs
. . . pats on the table
. . . stomping their feet
. . . clicking their tongues
Need a few ideas on how to wear your preschoolers out?
. . . Invite the children to march around the room while they sing.
. . . Invite the children to stand up and sit down when certain words are repeated in a song.
. . . Give your preschoolers a couple of balloons and tell them to keep the balloons from touching the floor while the song is being sung.
. . . And of course, jumps or hops are always popular!
There are two things I remember from growing up in the church: the adults who cared about me and knew my name AND the songs we sang. Do not under-estimate the power of the songs you are choosing for your preschool children to sing!
God's blessings on your music ministry with preschool children!
Click here for information about Christian Preschool Songs & Musicals available from Cathy's Music.
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