Kids can trace their musical roots with the musical history activity.
What You'll Need:
- Pad of paper
- Tape recorder
In today's hustle and bustle, look-to-the-future world, we often forget to look back. Take time to explore your musical past by following these simple instructions.
Ask your parents who your oldest relatives are. Ask if you can visit, write, or e-mail them to ask about the family's musical history. Did grandma play the piano? Did Great-Great-Aunt Minnie buy an organ from a traveling salesman in a covered wagon on the plains?
Who were the family singers, and who couldn't carry a tune? If your family emigrated to the United States, do your relatives know or remember songs from the "old country"? If they do, be sure to have your relatives sing them so you can record them!
These recordings will be priceless treasures when you're older and have kids of your own to share them with. Be sure to take notes as you talk to these people.
Once you start asking questions, you'll probably find out so much more about your family than just its musical history.