Watch a young child play a drum -- any child. Such joyful exuberance! Children's eagerness to embrace music in all its forms tells us an intrinsic need is being met. Broad, everyday exposure to as many kinds of music as possible will nurture their natural inclination to dance, sing, and play along. Who knows? You may discover a fondness for classical composers or American folk songs yourself!
Shake, rattle and roll together! Choose a pair of intriguing rhythm instruments to "sound." Can you identify their "voices"? Play along to a song with a strong beat. Listen for rhythm instruments in recorded music. Explore many musical styles! Once captivated by the possibilities, and given a chance to play, children will discover they can express themselves with rhythm, melody, and tone.