Why read this book?
It is a delightful book on many levels—you can integrate music, reading, science, and movement into the experience and teach your child about children with physical challenges.
What is it about?
Moses Goes to a Concert is about a young boy named Moses who is deaf and plays the drum. As a result, he can’t hear the sounds his drum makes; however, like Beethoven, he can feel the vibrations of the drum beats through his hands and through his bare feet.
One day their school teacher takes the children to a live music concert. They all sit on the front row and their teacher gives them each a balloon to hold so they can feel the vibrations of the music through the balloon.
The percussionist on the program is a young lady named Marjorie Elwyn who is also deaf due to a serious illness at the age of seven. However, she was determined not to let her physical challenges stop her from reaching her goals and realizing her dreams (a good lesson for all of us!).
She practiced very hard and learned percussion instruments and to carefully watch the music and conductor as she played with the orchestra.
What children learn from reading this book:
Overcome challenges: It teaches children about people who are different and how despite differences (physical, mental, emotional) we can accomplish many great things and realize our dreams.
Learn a Different Language: It teaches American Sign Language. The book has beautiful illustrations on how to sign some words such as “music,” “percussionist,” “heart,” “friends,” and “deaf,” etc.
It illustrates what some percussion instruments look like such as a marimba, the tubular bells, the tom-tom, the snare drum, the gong, the congas, etc.
It teaches about vibrations and music. When Beethoven went deaf, he sawed off the legs of his piano and put the piano on the floor so that when he played, he could feel the vibrations of the music through the floorboards and from the top of the piano (See Classical Kids: Beethoven Lives Upstairs DVD)
Fun Activities to do:
Good Vibrations: Blow up some balloons, turn on some music (Baby Dance is great!) and have your child hold the balloon close to the speakers. She/he will be able to feel the vibrations of the music coming through the balloon. This is a really fun, inexpensive activity!
Feel the Vibration: take a rubber band and put it between your teeth; then stretch the rubber band out in front of your mouth and lips and strum on the rubber band with your other hand. You will be able to feel the vibrations on your teeth and lips as you create a fun sound.
Move to the Music: Movement is an indispensable part of learning. If you have a room with wood floors; play a percussion instrument (such as a piano or drums) while your children dance in their bare feet—they will feel the vibrations the instruments make coming through the floorboards.
Science and Vibrations: Ever see Jurassic Park? Remember when the children are in the car, they can feel the vibrations of the dinosaur coming and they see evidence of those vibrations when the water in the glass moves—even before they see the dinosaur—watch it and explain to your children that this is an example of vibrations.