In addition to sporadic guitar lessons, we also let the children play around on the piano. They don’t know how to play anything really, but we work on not banging the keys and the sound that a scale makes and so forth.
This year we’re also trying out composer study. For us, for this level, that means we listen to music by our composer (Bach for right now) and listen for the instruments used in the music, and read some books about the composer. Sadly I have not found any living books about Bach, so we’ve looked at a few books from the library and I’ve edited the text heavily to just give basic information like Bach’s name and birthplace, his family, the types of music he wrote, and so forth. In addition to listening to Bach at various times during our day, we also have Bach’s works as mood music during dinner sometimes.
My goal for composer study and music for preschool is that the children would learn to appreciate classical music and be exposed to different instrument sounds, and that they would see music as something we value in our family and something they should aspire to play themselves when they are older.
How do you go about teaching music to small children? Do you have different goals or methods that work for your kids?