Freeze!

Sound and silence.  Motion and stillness.  These are some pretty abstract concepts and important ones for musical development.  As our kids in Kindermusik for the Young Child – Semester 1 are learning about the idea of a rest in music, it’s important that they really have lots of experience with both silence and stillness in contrast to sound and motion.  In order to reinforce these ideas in the first two weeks of class, our amazing youngsters have been dancing and freezing in response to the Move and Freeze dance from their home CDs.  Then during Week 2, they drew in response to the music and paused in their drawing to move to a different section of paper when there was silence.  The result is a graphic representation after a fashion, which also helps us present an elementary form of the idea of symbolic recognition, that a symbol or picture can stand for a sound.  Here you can see a sample of what they drew:

Notice all the white space on the paper?  That’s where you can “see” the silence.  Even more interesting, some contemporary composers have gone to more graphic representations stepping away from traditional notations towards more abstract drawings inviting improvisation from the performer, and in some instances composers even work with contemporary artists to create graphic representations in real time along with improvised electro-acoustic compositions.  In many ways, it’s really not that far of a step from what your child is doing now.  Exciting beginnings!

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