Music makers and shakers

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By Brenda Williams — poet

Feel the rhythm in a lively poem about children making music

Illustration of children making music

The poem, ‘The Music Makers’, (see Activity sheet ) is about just that – making music! It is fun to make comparisons between the more serious musical instruments and ‘little Kate’s’ improvised ones, but throughout the world, and history, people have made music by using what is available to them, including their own voice.

Poetry and music have much in common. They both encourage children to develop a sense of beat and rhythm. The music of poetry is as much concerned with its flow and pace as instrumental or vocal music.

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