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Musical Explorations

March 17, 2021 | Clara Buckley

Real musical instruments? For three, and four-year-olds?

We have a collection of percussion instruments in the classroom. Percussion instruments include any instrument that makes a sound when it is hit, shaken, or scraped. Each child tried two different instruments from the percussion family that includes drums, triangles, shakers, cymbals, maracas, and tambourines.

It’s not easy to be a percussionist because it takes a lot of practice to hit an instrument with the right amount of strength, in the right place, and at the right time. With our music teacher, Mrs. Mauldin, we practiced playing quietly, in time, and ending together.

We borrowed two violins – a full size, and a 1/16 size, perfect for children this age.

The children slid the bow across the strings to produce different sounds. They enjoyed experimenting and delighted in each other’s efforts, clapping and cheering!

Ms Buckley moved her finger along the string to change the pitch as the student moved the bow.

We plan on exploring these musical instruments further and adding more to our repertoire.

Do you have toy, or real, instruments at home that your child can explore?

Clara Buckley

Teacher, Rivers Class; Middle School Art

Clara Buckley’s teaching spans the ages of Mustard Seed School, from the youngest students in the preschool to students in the graduating class. She’s found many similarities between teaching three-year-olds and thirteen-year-olds!

As an art teacher who never enjoyed drawing, Ms Buckley’s hope is that each child she teaches discovers a way to create art that they enjoy, whether it be sculpture, printing, textiles, architectural drawing, or collage.

Ms. Buckley loves living in Jersey City, a place whose diversity and welcome for immigrants reflects her own family experience. When planning future travel destinations, art, food, and time with family are featured items on her list.

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