Teaching Kids About Volume
Understanding volume is not only a musical understanding, but music certainly provides great opportunities to discover different volumes in a fun way.
Using your voice whether it be singing or speaking can be a great way to help with this understanding. The idea of exploring volume might send a shiver down a parent’s spine, but if you encourage your child to explore different volumes in a constructive way then you may find you have more control over their desire for only loud noise. Allowing your child to be constructive in their noise is crucial to giving them an outlet that they crave for this.
Exploring the extremes of volume provides a platform to help a child gain perspective of appropriate levels of volume for different scenarios. Whether that be needing the whisper in certain environments, or how loud their voice needs to be in order to be heard at a distance. We take for granted that, as adults, we understand what volume our own voices can be heard at certain distances and in certain environments. But we, like our children, learned this over time through trial and error, and probably by being “Sshhhushed” when we were being too loud.
You can make a game out of it at home using your “quiet voices” and your “loud voices.” It is tempting to always encourage the quiet voice more. But the more you also allow them to have fun with their “loud voice,” they may be more likely to want to play the “quiet game” when you need them to most.
- Create a ‘loud’ area in your house (or even an outside area). Maybe in their own room where they have drums and loud toys. They can feel like they’re allowed to make all the noise they like in this one place.
- Loud games can be setup for brief periods. Like playing drums on pots and pans, or tupperware containers. Let your child discover the different noises and volumes that metal, plastic, or wood make when hitting them.
- Role-play, where your child gets to be dinosaur or bear stomping through the woods.
- Role-play, where your child is a bird flying through the house flapping its wings.
- Create a ‘quiet’ area of the house. Fill this area with quiet activities only like books to read, colouring-in and drawing activities etc.
- Quiet games where a child’s dolls or teddy bear is tucked in for a nap somewhere in the house. Every time you walk through that area you have to whisper and tip-toe, so you don’t wake up their teddy bear!
Volume doesn’t have to be a scary topic to tackle with your child. Have you found an interesting way to explore this with your little one? Let me know!
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