To do: Compose a song using body percussion
Time: 10 minutes
Materials: Your bodies!
For this activity, we invite you to become composers.
You don’t need to play an instrument to write a song. Instead, you’ll use your bodies to create a body percussion ensemble!
Body percussion uses your body to make noises that, when put together in different rhythms, create a fun piece of music! Try these noises:
- Stomping your feet
- Clapping your hands
- Snapping your fingers
- Clucking your tongue
- Patting your thighs
- Rubbing your hands back and forth together
This is a great activity for children of all ages, and each child might be interested in a different tone. Just follow along with their ideas for body percussion sounds.
Next, try making a song.
Activity: Write a body percussion piece
You can really cater this activity to your child’s age, interest, and ability level. Not all children can whistle (yet) but they might really love stomping their feet. Of course, if in your household some actions are unacceptable, simply tell your child that that body percussion sound is not available. Then, point out the options they DO have!
So, to write your body percussion music, start with a piece of paper, whiteboard, or chalkboard. Ask your child, what will the first sound be. How many times will you play it?
Write your sounds down using images, like hand, foot, or fingers, and the number of times this sound should be played!
If your child isn’t interested in copying their composition down, no worries! Simply explore your body percussion music together, and rely on a child’s excellent memory to guide you :).
We hope you enjoy composing music using body percussion! It’s an instrument you’ll never forget to pack.
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