“…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
Free Instrument Nomenclature Cards from Counting Coconuts
Free Instruments Nomenclature Cards from The Helpful Garden
Free World Instrument Cards (9 cards) from Montessori Materials
Music Materials available for purchase from Montessori Print Shop
Music Materials available for purchase from Montessori for Everyone
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 Music Appreciation: Peter and the Wolf, Montessori-Inspired Music Appreciation: Swan Lake, Montessori-Inspired Music Appreciation: Carnival of the Animals, Montessori-Inspired Activities for the Tortoise and the Hare, Montessori-Inspired Activities for Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Montessori-Inspired Music Appreciation: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Montessori-Inspired Activities for Casey at the Bat, Montessori-Inspired Music Appreciation: My Name is Handel, Montessori-Inspired Music Unit Studies, Free Nutcracker Printables and Montessori-Inspired Nutcracker Activities, Montessori-Inspired Little Passports Early Explorers Activities – Music, Montessori-Inspired Music Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers, Making Music Activities from Montessori By Mom, Montessori-Inspired Music Appreciation: Juanita the Spanish Lobster (Juanita la langosta española) Activities, Free Bell Printables and Montessori-Inspired Bell Activities, Fun with Cleaning, Movement, and Music Appreciation, How to Have Fun with Classical Music for Toddlers and Preschoolers, Kids’ Music Activities Pinterest Board (my other music appreciation posts and Pinterest Board)
Lots of Montessori music appreciation activities from Magical Movement Company
Age 3-6+ – Montessori Music from Michael Olaf
Music and Art Shelves from Counting Coconuts
Introduction to Music for Preschoolers from Carrots Are Orange
Music Lessons from Just Montessori
Music posts from The Adventures of Bear
Music History Lesson from Montessori Mom
Composer Posters and Picture Cards from The Homeschool Den
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