|Nintendo Labo Piano|
Similarly, there was a guitar build in the LEGO Boost set that we hadn't made yet, so we decided to build that this week too.
|LEGO Boost Guitar|
In this case, the guitar links to a tablet which plays different chords depending on where you place the capo on the fret board and how you 'strum' the lever. The recommended age range for the LEGO Boost is 7-12, but whereas the Labo requires a lot of supervision, they can work through the Boost on their own.
Of course we also looked at more traditional music and musical instruments. They watched brief history of (Western) music, that provided some nice context to modern music.
They watched the BBC House of Sound videos about different types of instruments, explored Handel's Zadok the Priest, and learned how to read music.
They also played some musical instruments themselves, playing recorders at home, and then the ukulele at the Peterborough Centre for Young Musicians. They really enjoyed the trial session, and we plan for the ukulele lessons to become a more regular thing.