It’s difficult to create if whatever comes out has to sound or look a certain way, or if there is a list of things that ‘should not’ be done. Sometimes my music students know better what they don’t like than what they do. Exploring these preferences can help them feel more confident making up their own music and choosing home play songs based on their preferences.
At camp when I was a kid, we used to make rain as a game. In as big a group as we could manage, we would begin by snapping fingers, then tapping our laps, then clapping and finally stomping to make rain sounds even during the most dry summers. This game came to mind when I realized that I hardly ever use any of the many words we have for rain in Standard American English, except for the one I’ve used three times in just the subject and first paragraph of this blog :)
Elisabeth C. Swim
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