Today in my General Music Methods (K-12 practicum) we are discussion how to teach differentiation of pitch to young children. When children are young, movement to emphasize the differences in pitch (higher to lower, etc.) rather than simply listening alone. An example would be to teach a scale song (Such as “Climbing Up the Ladder”) and ask the students to pretend that they are painters, painting upwards with their hands when they hear the notes ascending and painting downward when the notes descend. (Be careful that the students aren’t confused by the use of the terms “up” and “down.” When a parent tells their child to “turn the TV down” they do not mean to make the notes lower, so some students may confuse pitch and volume.)
Here is a chart from the reading we did this week (I am not intending to infringe on copy rights at all; I will share the title of the book as soon as I can get all the information collected.) Have a nice day!