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Kids and the Music Animation Machine
Music Animation Machine scores are understood (or at least enjoyed) by very
young children: Three-year-olds have shown that they perceive the relationship
between the sound and the visual display, and we've been told about a
14-month-old who requested repeated viewings of his parents' videotape (!) .
Using the Music Animation Machine with kids (for parents and teachers):
Most people are visually oriented and are better able to pay attention to
something with a visual aspect than something purely aural. This may be the
reason that having a visual analog to a piece of music helps make it more real
to kids. You can use Music Animation Machine scores to introduce the concept of
a piece of music as a tangible object, created by somebody, not just a
transitory experience. Like... "Want to see that song again? Beethoven made
up that song. You can make up music too."
Use the Music Animation Machine to introduce the concept of a musical score,
providing kids' first experience of relating sound to spatial structure. Once
they understand the basic concepts -- that the vertical axis=pitch and the
horizontal axis=time -- kids are on their way to understanding what a
conventional musical score does and how to follow one.
Kids enjoy watching just for fun -- and the
information-rich display they take in while listening fosters understanding
conducive to musical development.