“…success [in music education] is bound up with the need for the production of plenty of music around the child, so that there is set up an environment calculated to develop musical sense and intelligence.” Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child
Tomorrow is World Music Day! Music – including music appreciation – is an important part of Montessori education. You’ll find some Montessori thoughts about young children and music in this article by Mario Montessori, Maria Montessori’s son: Man’s Spiritual Expressions: Language and Music, 1956. Music: an Integral Part of the Montessori Curriculum from North American Montessori Center also tells more about Montessori music education.
Although young children enjoy simple rhythmic activities and many kinds of musical expression, I want to focus on music appreciation today because of a special printable offered for a dime for World Music Day. I also want to provide some musical appreciation materials for families studying instruments in various parts of the world during a world travel unit study or while using Montessori continent boxes this summer.
While many aspects of music can be taught from a young age, children can enjoy classical music – along with many other types of music – when they’re exposed to it early. Here are some printables and Montessori-inspired activities that can help your child and/or students develop an appreciation of music.
Montessori-Inspired Music Appreciation Printables
Musical Instrument Materials for ages 3-9 from Montessori Helper (available for a dime for a limited period)
Free Instrument Nomenclature Cards from Counting Coconuts
Free World Instrument Cards (9 cards) from Montessori Materials
Music Materials available for purchase from Montessori for Everyone
Free Timeline of Composers from That Resource Site
Free educational materials from Maestro Classics (Maestro Classics offers classical music for children that fits well with Montessori education, and their educational materials give extension activities for specific classical pieces.)
Montessori-Inspired Music Appreciation Activities
Montessori-inspired activities for Peter and the Wolf, Montessori-inspired activities for Swan Lake, and Montessori-Inspired Music Appreciation: Carnival of the Animals (my activity posts using Music Maestro and Montessori Print Shop materials)
Age 3-6+ – Montessori Music from Michael Olaf
Miss Theresa’s Montessori Music Class from Inspired Montessori and Arts at Dundee Montessori
Music and Art Shelves from Counting Coconuts
Introduction to Music for Preschoolers from Carrots Are Orange
Music Lessons from Just Montessori
Montessori and Music: Composers from Very Montessori
Music posts from The Adventures of Bear
Music History Lesson from Montessori Mom
Composer Posters and Picture Cards from The Homeschool Den
AMC Montessori Summer 2012 Hands-On Creative Lesson Planning Newsletter Part 4 (with music appreciation activities)
UPDATE: Here are my latest Montessori-inspired music appreciation posts – Montessori-Inspired Music Appreciation: Peter and the Wolf, Montessori-Inspired Music Appreciation: Swan Lake, Montessori-Inspired Music Appreciation: Carnival of the Animals, and Montessori-Inspired Activities for the Tortoise and the Hare
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