Home Instrument Kits We Recommend for Music Together® & Rhythm Kids Classes
While we cannot meet and share instruments in big social groups the same way we have done in the past - we are encouraging parents to have musical instruments available at home for children to play while they sing, dance, play along and make their own music. For kiddos who remember instruments we used to use in our studio classes, this is a wonderful point of reconnection. For children new to the program - they will notice that what they are playing with at home matches what their teacher is playing! Imitating teacher is one of those amazing signs of growth we love to see as children develop musically. Not only will the child notice they are using the same instruments as their teacher, but they will also notice that their instruments match what other friends in class are playing too! Playing instruments that match their friends is an exciting point of connection for a child and it reinforces that what they are doing is connected to a larger social group of music makers. This is another simple way we at tuneBugz! strive to create a greater sense of social connection through our online and in person musical experiences. We want to make it as easy as possible for children to feel socially connected to their teachers, their friends and even their grandparents and cousins from across town or across the country. While we will still offer instruments in single use capacity in our outdoor classes we encourage you to purchase, create your own set and start building your music box at home.
Here are the instruments we use in our classes that we recommend:
1 set wooden or red/green plastic rhythm sticks - 8 inches - one smooth/one rigid
1 set shaker eggs
2 set of wristlet jingle bells
1 scarf/play silk
1 set little plastic maracas, chiquitas - also called maraquitas
1 set A & D resonator bells w/ mallets (for 2 and ups)
You can also have a wonderful time making these instruments as craft projects at home: we suggest making shakers, jingle stix, and using wooden kitchen spoons as rhythm sticks and using a plastic bin, carboard box covered in washi tape or even a laundy basket as a drum works GREAT!
For Rhythm Kids we recommend the set above PLUS a simple djembe or any other single head hand drum.
For purchasing information - check out our partner - Mindys Musikids or call a local music shop to see if they rent. (due to popularity of Rhythm Kids we are currently out of stock for djembe rentals)
Happy music making!