Observe the children in small groups when they are making up their own songs. The songs can be related to a theme, dramatic play, or any topic.
Give the children musical instruments and observe how they put together their songs.
Children use patterns in their songs that appear to follow rules (repeating a line, ending the song at the end of a sentence, etc.). They also develop patterns of rhythms within their music and tunes that sound melodic. They may also imitate patterns they remember from other songs.
Give children time to play with music, to create their own tunes, songs, rhythms and dances. Listen to many different kinds of music as a backdrop for work and play, and as a focused listening activity and topic of discussion.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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