My son pay attention to the solfege and enjoys the clapping, but only when the girl claps and its a song he know ;-)
When the music appreciation come he shakes he head and says STOP! ???
As mentioned in other places, if this happens, just let your child wander off. That's why the piece is at the end.
From my experience as Musikgarten teacher I would suggest starting with Mozart and repeating the same music for maybe a week so they get familiar with the music. I start for example with Mozart 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik' or Mozart Symphony 40. It sould be simple music with a clear beat. I would leave the romantics until later. They always talk about the 'Mozart Effect' in early children learning.
Actually, the "Mozart Effect" has been disproven. Flawed experiments or something. Doesn't mean that playing classical music is not good or has no effect though, just means that the experiments are not 'proof' of it.
I would also make the suggestion that instead of just sitting listening to the music you could dance with the child, either holding them in your arms an moving to the music or allowing the child to move by itself. I think there should definately be a dance section to the music lesson so that the child can feel the music with his/her whole body.
Great suggestions. We also recommend this in our accompanying "Teaching with Little Musician" booklet.
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