Ring Around the Rosey has survived for hundreds of years. Although this song had its beginnings in tragedy, the days of the Great Plague in England, it has evolved into a standard childhood favorite with new meaning and purpose. Through child's play, the pleasure and joy of this song has overcome its past. This is only one of the many examples of how the original concept and meaning of a folk song can be altered as it is passed on from one generation to another.
Young children often cannot distinguish between their speaking and singing voices and thus sing in a kind of speaking drone. Children should be encouraged from a young age to explore the upper or head voice (upper adjustment) and to employ their voice for singing tasks as much as possible.
In nurturing young singers, it is important to present sons with a limited range, such as five or six notes, which are generally easier for young children to sing than songs with a larger range. The notes form about the d above middle c to the a above middle c tend to be the easiest singing range for these young singers to access initially.
Through the use of the vocal slide (glissando), the child can learn to use the voice expressively. The development of vocal expressiveness can enhance communication skills.
Many children ages 1 1/2 through 3 years have a well-developed sense of their own internal steady beat. Sneak a look around the corner at a child and watch him beat on the floor as he is applying or banging on pots and pans with a steady beat. Once this internal steady beat is secured, children are then ready for experiences in which they are invited to match the steady beat of an external sound source. Matching this external steady beat through movement is a fundamental ensemble skill.
Introducing musical concepts and labeling them helps young children develop a music vocabulary. If not today, someday soon toddlers will be able to use their vocabulary to talk about what they hear in music and to create music of their own.
A respectful introduction to an instrument allows children to develop a musical sensitivity to that instrument. Exploration provides the opportunity to discover ways the many sounds of the specific instrument may be produced.
Music is both sound and silence. Silence allows us to wait, listen, and try to anticipate and predict what will come next. The expectations are either confirmed or contradicted.