Pitter, patter, pitter, patter… I can HEAR the rain.
Musically speaking, rain sounds are short sounds. The musical term “staccato” refers to sounds that are separated and often short. It’s the perfect word to use when playing with – and describing – rain sounds. But did you know that being able to identify a sound as “short” (staccato) or “long” (legato) actually involves some pretty high-level thinking and listening skills?
Active listening differs from simple hearing in that we must choose it as an intentional act. Analytical listening, like the kind we will do in Kindermusik class when we explore different shaker sounds and mimic and identify a variety of rain sounds, takes the development of our music listening skills to a whole new level.
Analytical listening is an absolutely vital skill, for music class and for life because it requires children to:
- Evaluate what is heard and comprehended
- Contemplate and reflect
- Weigh new information against what is already known
- Discuss by sharing thoughts, opinions, and viewpoints
In the Kindermusik classroom where so many of the senses are often engaged simultaneously and where imagination can soar, musical learning truly has the potential to be the strongest and most powerful.