Mortimer’s Musical Scale


Today’s Top 10 Tuesday musical activity will teach the concept of a musical scale.  Wikipedia’s definition for the word scale is: ” any sequence of musical notes in an ascending or descending order.”  This activity is intended for children ages 2 – 8-years-old.  In order to complete the activity, you will need two items:

–A glockenspiel or xylophone.  My favorite one is by the brand Basic Beat and can be found on Amazon by clicking HERE.  I love this one, because the case’s lid is set up with magnets to put notes on a scale.  Here’s a picture of it:

–The book “Mortimer” by Robert Munsch.  You can find this book in any book store or library, but the link to Amazon is HERE.

Here is a picture of the book:

“Mortimer” is a delightful story of a young boy who refuses to go to sleep.  Each member of his family tries to get him to fall asleep and heads up and down the stairs to his room to no avail.  A scale is a musical staircase.  Show your child how the glockenspiel looks and sounds like an ascending and descending staircase.  Show them with the mallet how to hit the keys and how to play an 8-note scale.

As you read the story, each character heads up and down the stairs, and they use the word “thump” to express each step.  As your child plays each musical step on the glockenspiel, sing the note your child plays with the word “thump” to add music to the story.

Giving your child the knowledge to make the musical scale as part of the story will teach them the concept of what a scale is, teach them this new musical vocabulary word and will empower them with their own musical instrument all while having fun and hearing a great piece of children’s literature.

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s Top 10 Tuesday musical activity.  To read about Top 10 Tuesdays and to see my complete list of musical instruments under $40 that will promote music education in the home, click HERE. I hope your week ahead is a musical one. See you next Tuesday for some more musical fun!


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