Every music student begins by learning some basic music rudiments to be able to read, write and understand music. Usually, the very first few lessons would involve learning the various types of music notes and their values. Almost quite immediately, rhythmic activities can be the first musical activity for the student to start with.
Featured here is a group of primary students (from another school that is part of our CSR music outreach program) carrying out a rhythmic exercise using an assortment of percussion instruments. Creating a variety of rhythmic phrases for students to perform using
hand claps or a percussion instrument would be most ideal. In fact,
using a variety of percussion instruments would be best as it would also
allow the student to explore ways to play the percussion instrument to
produce a variety of sounds. It would also stir the students' minds to
get creative with the ways they can play the instrument.
Though every person possess some natural musical abilities, it needs to be enhanced when studying music. We can sing along to our favorite music, move to the groove of any music we find interesting and naturally enjoy music per se. However, all these may not occur naturally when one begins to learn music and learn to play a musical instrument.
Even a simple music activity would involve a few senses and bodily functions working together, which are:
- Reading the musical notation of the one-bar rhythm.
- Process that information in the brains and send instructions to the hands and body to perform the rhythm.
- Using the body to lock in on the given tempo (how fast or how slow) to perform the rhythmic phrase together.
- 'Feel' the rhythmic phrase to perform it in a musical fashion, meaning, to play the rhythm as expressively as possible.