by Ralph Helm
12. December 2012 20:05
Earlier this month, we celebrated my daughter’s fourth birthday. Since she has already been expressing interest in music, but hasn’t clearly told us what exactly she wants to play, we opted to get her the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Band Set. This kit includes a harmonica, clacker, xylophone, kazoo, tone blocks, jingle sticks, rhythm sticks, triangle, recorder, and castanets, pretty much everything you need to start your own elementary school band.
It’s been quite wonderful to hear the sounds of these simple rhythm instruments filling our home as she discovers all of the different tones and sounds each one of them produce. It also warms this writer’s heart to hear the words, “Daddy, come play a song with me,” come floating up from the kids’ downstairs playroom. Nothing brings me greater joy than to see her take such an avid interest in music this young.
This play set has also brought back so many great memories of my preschool and elementary school years, taking music class, sitting on the floor in a semi-circle with all of my classmates as our teacher was patiently introducing us to things like fundamental rhythms, the A-G musical scale, and other things that were laying the theoretical foundation behind something that has become such a integral part of my life.
Last week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy and his house band The Roots teamed up with Mariah Carey and recreated one of her iconic Christmas songs on some of the very instruments many of us first learned to play a tune on.