A Musical Observation – Michal Bush

Monday’s Baby Class

Julie set our 3 large drums for the babies to gather around and share. Playing repeating rhythmic patterns, Julie began to sing a simple tune. As the children relaxed into the drumming we began singing about what each of them were doing on the drums- “tickling, patting, hitting”. As they became more comfortable and confident the children became their own leaders- singing and playing on the drums. ¬†We suddenly had a chorus of singers on our hands as we continued to keep the beat. The youngest of the choir being only 14 weeks old but with a strong sense of his own voice. It particularly interested and amazed me to see the babies singing a call and response to each other- one would sing a phrase and the other would reply. It blows me away to see such young children composing songs together- truly a very special experience.