The art of music in preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on May 23, 2012

in Children's Books, I See A Song

The children and I took a picture walk through the book titled, “I See a Song” by Eric Carle. We actually went through the book several different times and on several different days.  Each time we walked through the book, the children discovered new details and new meaning from the illustrations on each page…

The first time we went through the book, the children focused more on predicting what the pictures were going to be or what kind of story the book was trying to tell.  It took a little effort for the children to make sense of this book but they did a very good job at beginning to recognize the emerging illustrations as we went along…

Later, as we walked through the book again, I brought the children around to thinking about what type of music they can imagine is playing as they looked at each page.  Was the music fast, slow, quiet, loud, happy, sad, and so on?…

And as we went through the book a final time (a few days later), we played some classical music and just listened and looked at each page as the music played…

After the final “reading” of this book, we followed the reading up by listening to classical music and drawing own designs.  I played a short section of music as the children drew and then switched to a new song that offered a different classical sound to listen to…

As you can see from the drawings that the focus was on how the music made us feel as we drew rather than on drawing any specific thing…

This was an interesting process that we spent a little time exploring over a few different days.  In my next post, I will share an interesting way that we explored the design making process which was inspired by the designs we saw in this book…

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