From the Montessori Music Room: Is It "Presto" or Is It "Largo"?

YOUNG CHILDREN LOVE THE ENERGY IN MUSIC, AND EXPLORING THE CONCEPT OF "TEMPO" IS ALWAYS EXCITING IN THE MONTESSORI MUSIC ROOM! 

Graphics in this photo are by the artists at Dollar Photo Club

I think that the young child is eager to learn the proper language of music and introducing the words "Presto" and "Largo" by means of Montessori style games helps children develop musical skills through what I call "the art of play."

The tempo of a song can make you sleepy, (ex: slow lullabies) and then the tempo of a song can make you dance, or want to run a marathon, or even play the drum as quickly as your hands will move!

Of course children are effected by the tempo of music just like anyone else and they really enjoy activities that highlight how fast or how slowly the music is moving. 

Here, I've presented a collection of my past posts that feature musical tempo with a bonus sneak peak at my  downloadable Printables Packet, Musically Montessori: Is it Presto, or Is It Largo? 


FOCUSED LISTENING: FAST & SLOW MUSIC FROM 
CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS' CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS


  

You can read the Blog post here: Exploring the Elements of Music with The Carnival of Animals.



PLAYING RHYTHM INSTRUMENTS IN RESPONSE TO 
THE TEMPO OF THE MUSIC


You can read my post here:A Musical Story from the Montessori Room: The Old Grey Cat 




MOVING TO MUSIC IN A "PRESTO" WAY 
OR A "LARGO" WAY

You can read my post here: Moving Like a Bumble Bee & a Sloth.


PLAYING RHYTHM INSTRUMENTS IN A "PRESTO" &
 A "LARGO" WAY





MONTESSORI STYLE CATEGORY CARDS 
MUSICALLY MONTESSORI: IS IT PRESTO OR IS IT LARGO?





I have created a Montessori style shelf work that I found a few years ago in a wonderful book, Discover Music, by Diane Zegers.  This book has gone our of print, but you may be able to find it second-hand, and it is well-worth it! 

My 4 & 5 yr old Preschoolers greatly enjoyed putting this little work together and then they had something to take home to show their parents!

Not only did I set it up as an individual activity (which was very popular), I also made a set of cards for a group music activity at circle time.


'PRESTO & LARGO" SHELF WORK 
LESSON PLAN 

Preliminary: 
Experience with Focused Listening and Movement activities that feature "Presto" & "Largo" (so, the children are familiar with this vocabulary)

Materials: 

  • Printed chart with 2 category headings: "Presto"  "Largo"
  • Small photos of things that obviously move fast or slow (take care that there is an even number, Ex: 3 fast moving, 3 slow moving things) 
  • Scissors for cutting out the photos/pictures to fit in the chart column
  • Glue for attaching the photos to the chart columns
Process:
Decide whether each photo/picture represents something that moves fast ("Presto") or slow ("Largo"), then glue them in the appropriate column.

Extensions:
1. I like to first offer this game with plastic miniatures instead of pictures, so that the child has an experience with concrete objects before the more abstract pictures
2. The chart and the pictures can be laminated and set up as a little game for a small group to play together
3. A laminated card can be made for each child at circle with "Presto" on one side and "Largo" on the other. The teacher plays recordings of short selections of fast and slow music, the children listen, then they show the appropriate side of their cards.

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