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Children’s Percussion Instruments: A Simple Musical Experience

Once again todays post is dedicated to providing musical experiences for children. This time I would like to focus on Children’s percussion instruments. Now you may be thinking that I will provide another list of children’s musical toys but that is not the case this time around. This time I will be providing examples of actual percussion instruments that children of all ages can enjoy and gain musical experiences in the process.

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of providing musical experiences for children at a very young age. I truly believe this is the key to getting children interested in music as early as possible. There is no harm in allowing our children to explore all the wonderful sounds that the world has to offer them. Percussion instruments provides a variety of different sounds that your child can create and manipulate.

In todays post I would like to revisit why providing musical experiences can be helpful to children, the many things they learn when manipulating sound and finally a list of some simple percussion instruments that can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

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How To Read Rhythm in Music For Beginners: Basic Rhythm and Time Signatures

Todays post will discuss the basics of how to read rhythm in music. If you have not read my previous post, which discussed how to read notes, I encourage you to click here to read it now.

Knowing how to read the rhythm in music is  just as important as knowing the note names. Without rhythm music would be pretty bland. If you sit quietly and listen for a moment you will notice that almost everything in everyday life has some sort or rhythm.

 In todays post the following concepts will be introduced and discussed:

  • Beat
  • Rhythm
    • Note Values
    • Rest Values

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Learning How To Read Music Notes For Beginners: Getting The Basics

Learning how to read music notes for beginners can seem like an impossible task. If you have never read any type of music it will seem like a foreign language. It is important to learn how to read music in bite size pieces.

In todays post I will show you the the basics of music notation. After reading this post you should have a better understanding of how music is organized. The following concepts will be discussed:

  • The Staff
  • The clefs
  • The notes and note names

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What Is The Best Way To Learn The Guitar? Navigating A Sea Of Options!

The guitar is one of the most popular instruments that people want to learn. I hear people ask “What is the best way to learn the guitar?” all the time. It  would be pretty simple if there was a quick answer to this question and we could all learn to play the guitar the same way. Unfortunately this is not the case. The method we choose depends on a variety of factors.

In todays post I would like to discuss the various options available to those who have decided to pick up the guitar. If you have read previous posts of mine you will know that I believe we are never too old to learn to play an instrument and the guitar is no different. However, our age may affect our motive or the reason we want to learn to play an instrument. For the guitar this may also affect the route you take in order to become a proficient guitar player.

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What Is A Music Ensemble? Endless Possibilities Explored

What is a music ensemble
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What is a music ensemble is a question that many people new to music may ask at one time or another. When I left high school and entered university as a young music student I was unaware of the variety of musical groups that could be created. I knew of the common groups of instruments and the sound that they created but never realized that there was such a variety of possibilities. I was quickly introduced to the endless possibilities and opportunities that were available to me as an instrumentalist. I became aware that I could play my instrument in ensembles that had a variety of sizes and genres. I was no longer confined to the concert band that I knew as a young high school musician. 

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