Pumpkin 1 is learning piano from her Gammie. We also have a set of Montessori Bells. I was trying to think of a way to teach the staff and I saw a Pinterest post with the person using gems with the letters on them. We have a pile of gems and Pumpkin 1 loves playing with them.
I printed off one staff and wrote the letters on it. I did print off a treble and bass clef but haven’t laminated them yet. I wrote the note names on the back of the gems with permanent marker.
I introduced matching them to the bells and then how we can write the music we play using the staff. Pumpkin 1 has tried writing her own music for the piano so she really liked this. That’s one key area of Montessori music that different from music lessons – the children are given the opportunity to write their own music. Creativity is such a huge motivation for learning something. How often do we learn and study something so that we can express our creativity – knitting or crochet, painting, playing an instrument, carving, sewing, writing. Being able to express ourselves is a fundamental human desire across all cultures. In the Reggio approach there is a lot of importance given to “the hundred languages of the child” which is all the different ways and mediums in which a child communicates and expresses himself.
If you can’t afford a set of Montessori bells, you can pick up a set of hand bells. If possible spray paint them so they’re all one colour so that the child learns to use their ears rather than their eyes to differentiate between the sounds.