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Need ideas for easy and fun at-home music learning? Here's our daily Classical Kids Music Lesson.
Target age range: All ages
It's the weekend -- time for more dancing! This time, we will listen and move to music with legato, or smooth, articulation.
1. In music, there's a special word for the way notes connect to each other: articulation. Practice saying that word a few times: ar-tic-u-la-tion. Today's activity will focus on music with smooth articulation. We call that legato (le-GAH-toe.) Try saying that word a few times.
2. When musicians see this symbol, they know to play legato. The sound is smooth, and the sound of each note connects to the next one.
3. Find a prop. A tennis ball works really well, or you could use a ribbon, streamer or scarf. If you don't want a prop, freestyling is okay too. Put on a piece of recorded music, then take the prop and just move it in the space around yourself to the music.
4. Try moving with the legato sounds in these pieces:
LISTEN Gabriel's Oboe, from "The Mission"
Ennio Morricone Orchestra
Have a question or suggestion? Contact Katie Condon, music education specialist.