Cook to music or make music while you cook?

It’s Sunday and you’re preparing meals for the week ahead! Many families plan a week ahead to make their daily routine calmer and more serene. Obviously, children love helping their parents in the kitchen. While you’re gathered around the kitchen island, why not take the opportunity to explore the different sounds you can make preparing meals?

Timbre in music lets us differentiate sounds. That’s how we recognize a person’s voice on the phone or a trumpet in an orchestra. It’s easy to create an orchestra at home. The wide range of utensils, containers, accessories and saucepans in your drawers and cabinets are a treasury of sounds. Encourage your child to strike kettles and bowls of different sizes with utensils made of various materials (plastic, metal, wood, silicone). This simple educational activity greatly sharpens auditory discrimination. In 2004, Dawn Lowther of the University of Cambridge proved that children’s perception of timbre is refined between three and eight years of age. She showed that it is modelled on their exposure to the different sonorities around them. So making music with kitchen tools becomes an enriching experience – it develops the ear and contributes to your child’s growth. What a great way to add a pinch of music to your recipes!

Lowther, D. (2004). An investigation of young children’s timbral sensitivity. British Journal of Music Education, 21(1), 63‑80. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0265051703005527

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