Need ideas for easy and fun at-home music learning? Here's our daily Classical Kids Music Lesson, featuring music by John Adams.
Target age range: K-2
1. First, listen to the piece.
LISTEN Short Ride in a Fast Machine
2. This piece begins with a steady beat on a temple block, which is a percussion instrument made of wood. Go on a "sound scavenger hunt" to see if you can find ten different wood sounds around the house. Compare and contrast the different wood sounds. How do they sound different? How do they sound the same? Use your favorite wood sound to keep a steady beat while singing a favorite song.
3. This piece is around four-and-a-half minutes long. The temple block plays a steady beat for the first three minutes and fifteen seconds. See if you can march in place for that long. Try not to speed up! If you have a metronome at home (or a metronome app on your phone), see if you can march with the metronome.
4. This piece is called "Short Ride in a Fast Machine." Why do you think the composer named it that? On a piece of paper, list as many kinds of machines as you can think of. Draw your favorite one. Find some good early elementary lesson plans about simple machines here.
Have a question or suggestion? Contact Katie Condon, music education specialist.