One of my favorite session activities is using color-coded notation to teach children how to play xylophone, piano, and hand bells.
Here is a video of two children I see for individual music therapy using color-coded notation to play the xylophone (or as my nephew calls it, the “ex-lophone :)). I didn’t need to give them much instruction for how to play – they got the idea right away!
For O. (boy) we are working on eye-hand coordination, motor planning, and sustained attention.
For D. (girl) we are working on eye-hand coordination, color identification, and color matching.
How do YOU use color-coded notation during your sessions?
Just took a look at your site and it looks like you’re doing great work in the sunshine state! I remember playing on the xylophone and a rainbow piano when I was a kid – loved those instruments. Keep up the great work!
I remember growing up on those instruments, too! Thanks for your lovely comments!
Where can I buy a xylophone like the one in the video?
I buy most of my instruments at West Music. Here is the link to the xylophone (resonator bells) I am using in this video: http://www.westmusic.com/1002405-kids/k5000-kids-bells-glockenspiels/basic-beat-bbr8-8-note-resonator-bells-w-case.htm
Hope that helps!