Rhythm Instrument Activities for Preschoolers

Hi everyone, This is a guest blog post I wrote for the Gryphon House blog. You can find more fun activities and information on great resources for early childhood learning at gryphonhouse.com.  March 17, 2015 Guest Post from Abigail Flesch Connors, MEd, author of Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Rhythm Instruments and More for Active Learning and […]

A Thought for Thursday: Talking About Tambourines

Talking About Tambourines This week I’ve been using tambourines in my music  enrichment classes (I rotate among several different rhythm instruments) and my experiences in the  various classes have reminded me of why I both love and hate tambourines. Okay, I don’t like to use the word “hate” – let’s say “Have problems with.” Tambourines […]

A Thought for Thursday: Where Does Music Come From?

Many young children think that music comes from CD players and radios. I wrote this article (which originally appeared in TEMPO, the magazine of the NJ Music Educators Association, in October 2009) to help teachers help young children to develop an  understanding of the elements of music. Where Does Music Come From?: Teaching the Elements […]

A Thought for Thursday: “Shake Up Your Curriculum With Rhythm Instruments”

This article of mine originally appeared in Early Childhood News: ”Shake Up” Your Music Curriculum With Rhythm Instruments! By Abigail Connors  As an early childhood professional, you’re well aware of the seemingly insatiable need of children to express themselves by making noise – a lot of noise! Rhythm instruments provide a uniquely effective way to […]