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This Lollipop Drum is a kid's favorite! It has a great sound and its use is very versatile. Movement activities, rhythm activities, imitation activities will all be more fun with this drum!
No need to point with your hand anymore. Use this fun pointer to show the rhythms, the notes, to mark the beat, to choose students, to conduct, and to point at anything else you can think of! Let the students point too!
Facilitate the discovery of the notes to all open string pieces with these fantastic bells. Our book Bowland from the Puppets for Strings Violin Series has 14 pieces using these bells to teach violin to your beginner students! Colors don't match the Puppets for Strings colors? No problem! Just use tempera paint and ready!
There's nothing more fun than throwing these giant dice around, and since they're made out of foam, nobody gets hurt! Students will happily repeat a skill if they're allowed to throw the dice and see how many repetitions they get.
These cute finger puppets are perfect for singing "The Fingers Song." The student will have a multi-sensory way of learning the finger numbers and will recognize which finger is which, while choosing from an assortment of animals.
These are fun flags for teaching music from different countries. Students can use them to identify songs that are in Spanish, especially from Argentina. Our "Open String Tango" from theBowland Book is perfect for this activity. Use these flags as the beat cards or as models for flags from other Latin American countries.
Are your students playing a funny song? Or can they transform a song into a silly bouffon act? Choose a soloist that gets to wear this stuffed plush jester hat while performing a funny act. I bet that all students will want to be soloists now. Don't have a song for this? No problem! Check out "The Bouffons" in our Bowland Book.
These are perfect friends to help you teach music without having to use words. Imagine how much fun you can have teaching the elements of music by using these Pop Up Puppets. Out of the cone or inside the cone?
Need a place to keep all the trinkets you use for your teaching? This is the ideal box to keep all those little treasures together, especially when you need them readily available to teach the smaller ones.
Bring in some magic into your teaching! These can be collectibles for counting the repetitions, or can be the gifts that the "violin fairy" brings to each student. They can be placed in a jar to count the practice days and see who collects the most.
Add more magic wonder into your teaching by using this sparkling wand. The glitter inside is perfect for practicing a correct bow hold. Can you guess how? Your students get to hold the wand with their best bow hold until all the sparkles have descended.
Don't just choose the next activity or just tell your students what to do. Take them fishing! Whatever they catch determines what the next activity should be! Include your students in deciding what activities should be included in the fishing trip.
These training chopsticks don't just work for food, but they're ideal to strengthen the pinky and the bow hold fingers. Hold it like a bow and squish the sides together and then let them go. Repeat several times. Can they add a rhythm to the squish?
Want a fun way to count repetitions? Fill up your student's jacket with these cute clothespins to count all the repetitions that have been done! The funnest part is taking them off once you've finished.
Whether sitting in a circle or walking around the room, playing these rhythm sticks to figure out the rhythm or the beat to the different pieces will allow students to experience learning music in fun multi-sensory ways.
I must say that this was one of the most fun instruments that my daughter ever had. Even the adults in the house couldn't resist playing it! Incredibly simple to produce a sound and to figure out notes by pressing the different keys. Give it a try!
The best learning rug I've had! My daughter and I spent endless play times not just learning the alphabet and the numbers, but applying it to music. Some activities can be to build the musical scale, to stand or jump on the different notes, to find the missing note, and so many more! You'll love this mat!
What child doesn't love legos? Using a toy to teach is one of the best assets for a teacher. Play games building the musical scale up and down, placing the blocks in different parts of the room to be gathered in order, hide a block and discover which one is missing. Like these ideas?
Use these rhythm cards to play games, especially in group classes. Each student holds a rhythm and when you clap their rhythm, the corresponding student claps it back. Also teach about the measures by organizing the cards into groups.
Fingermarkers work! I'm a firm believer that there's an important result that happens when the visual and the auditory components of learning are connected. Not only does the child see and feel the correct placement, but hears what it's supposed to sound like.
This Wittner chinrest can be a savior for most of those students that complain about discomfort when holding the violin. Its non-allergenic quality, its wider surface, and its smooth shape doesn't cause soreness in the jaw area. It also comes with its own screwdriver to install it easily onto the violin.
Use this pinky helper to get your student to place the pinky on top of the bow towards the inner side of the wood. It will help to remind the student to keep the finger curved, and will prevent the fingers from climbing up the bow.
Another way to help the student place the pinky in the correct place is to use these pinky pads. They stick to the bow easily and since they aren't bulky, they work as a gentle reminder of what the pinky feels like on the bow when the pinky pad is not being used.
Multisensory learning is the best way to learn for a child. Using props to make concepts clearer can create a world of difference for a child. Imagine teaching the quarter note, the eighth notes, and the sixteenth notes. What better prop to use than a horse that can walk, trot, and gallop to represent these rhythms.
Teaching the musical staff? Build the musical staff using this electrical tape. Students walk or jump on the lines and spaces, and place notes or even themselves in the different locations. Bring music to life by having the students become the notes. This is what multi-sensory learning is!