We are heading into a very different winter than we are used to. We are faced with the reality of being apart from friends and loved ones and trying to find unique and interesting ways to stay connected. Here are a few ideas for using music to connect with our families in our homes or through virtual visits over the holidays:
Dinner Table Conversations:
For conversation starters either at the table or online here are a few music related topics to get you started: What song reminds you of summer? Of Winter? What was your first concert? How did you listen to music growing up-records, cassettes, CDs? Do you have special memories associated with a specific song? What's your favourite song to sing?
Music Talent Show
Get the whole family involved with a family Talent Show. The children can play their instruments and parents can join in with improvised percussion such as pots and spoons, homemade shakers, a set of keys.... the possibilities are endless. Gather some friends and family in a zoom call to take turns performing in the Talent Show. Non-musicians can get creative with singing or dancing to their favourite songs.
Try creating a rhythm machine - to do this one person starts by counting the beat (4/4 is easiest) and then adding a rhythm by tapping, plucking, rattling, banging etc. Each family member joins in with their own rhythm to the same beat until everyone is making a rhythm. Then slowly one by one in the reverse order each family member stops their rhythm until only the original rhythm remains. Take turns starting the rhythm machine. This would be harder to do in an online zoom call, though grandparents/friends etc. could be the audience to your families' creativity.
Check out some Online Live concerts
Many music groups are getting creative and performing live online. There is usually a cost involved (ticket to purchase) to access the concert, but this would be a fun way to have a virtual outing while staying home.