This is the second part of Nursery Music Resources by Musicaliti. This resource shows you how to introduce rhythm through movement by using familiar vocabulary (insects and food), creating opportunities for children to quickly recognise how to form more complex beats and rhythms, with the potential for extensions in maths (fractions) and vocabulary.
These free nursery music resources can be used to help children to express music through movement. Moving to the beats in these pictures is a precursor to understanding musical timing. In addition, musical timing, or rhythm, has been found to be a predictor of skills like learning language, the difference between playing sports in the first or second team, and understanding STEM subjects including Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
This section develops the idea of the twice as fast or twice as slow by mixing the beats and using familiar names, for example, a quaver and semiquavers (eigth note and sixteenth notes) sounds like “ham-burger”, whereas semiquavers and a quaver sounds like “sausages”. Using these concepts, it becomes easier to read new or unfamiliar music by knowing what beat to expect to play.
PE – self-regulation and balance
Maths – experiencing fractions and time
English – experiencing syllables
Art – tools to create original music, express creativity
These resources may be used freely for educational purposes.
Older children may respond better to concepts of movement: