When we think of composing music, preschool is not the first thought that comes to our mind. As an early childhood teacher having to teach reading to Kindergarteners, I have been focused on how to break down music into a very simple form of notation. Using color-coded bars on Orff instruments I am able to use dots as a form of musical notation.
I have the students practice with the dots in a powerpoint I created. We practice those for several months. I’m not concerned with one to one correspondence yet as it is not developmentally appropriate. I focus on if they can match the dot to the color and make the connection that the symbol means to tap the appropriate color. Dot Playing Prek-K
After they have had routine practice for a few months, I then give them the opportunity to create their own dot song. I give them six dots and a small strip of paper. Putting a smiley face on one side gives them a reference point on where to start. This reinforces that left to right tracking that will be needed later for reading books and music. I have them put the dots on the paper in any order they wish and then play it for the group.
Voila! Preschool composers!