6-String Acoustic Guitar
Schoenhut’s acoustic guitar is innovative and educational! Perfect for little hands, the fret board ensures proper height and fret-spacing. With six steel strings, this instrument is modeled after an adult acoustic guitar. Aspiring musicians will love performing for fans and starting their journey to superstardom! The Schoenhut 6-String Acoustic Guitar is lightweight and child-sized. It comes in different styles to fit preferences and personalities. Includes: Pick and extra string.
- Children may enhance motor planning skills when playing the guitar.
- Children can isolate finger movements to pluck individual strings on the guitar. This strengthens fine motor skills used for dressing, eating, writing, and etc.
- Music is an avenue to express individual creativity. Children can use this guitar to express themselves.
- Strum the strings from the top down and then from the bottom up. Listen to the different sounds from high to low and from low to high.
- Touch the strings on the guitar to explore how they feel and compare the different sounds (higher or lower) they make.
- Encourage the child to explore the different tuning knobs and listen to the different sounds the guitar makes. Access to a tuner can assist in auditory attention and processing. Caution: Be sensitive to over stimulation.
- Encourage vocalizations while playing the guitar. Have the child make a sound he is working on in speech therapy each time he strums the guitar.
- Encourage social play by having children create a band together. Each child can play a different musical instrument simultaneously. As development progresses, they can incorporate rhythm and coordination of the song in play.
- Memory and recall skills can be incorporated into play as children remember what string corresponds to which chord or song.
- Create a “jam session” and have the child dance and sing while playing the guitar.
- Children can have a sing-a-long using the guitar.
- Have the child put on a show for the family. The audience can sit and clap to encourage his performance. Alternately, place the child’s stuffed animals and dolls in a row along the couch and have the child perform for this unique audience.
- Children can isolate finger movements to strum or pluck individual strings on the guitar. This strengthens fine motor skills used for dressing, eating, writing, and etc.
- The guitar supports two-handed play and bilateral coordination. One hand is used to hold and stabilize the guitar while the other is used to strum.
- Encourage the child to use the guitar pick to engage in pincer grasp (pointer finger against thumb) to pluck or strum the strings.
- Music provides a perfect avenue for inclusive play. Create a band with friends both with and without disabilities.
- Play a game of follow the leader. The leader can play the guitar and move the line around the room while the group follows.
- Pretend to be in a marching band. Use the guitar and other household items like pots and pans and wooden spoons to march around while playing music.
- The guitar can be played in different positions for successful play. It can be placed on an easel stand for an upright play position or laid flat on a table or wheelchair tray for optimal positioning for individual needs.
- Place non-skid rubber shelf liner on a flat surface under the guitar to help stabilize it during play.
- Use a Popsicle stick to strum or pluck the guitar strings using whole hand grasp instead of pincer grasp with the pick.
Developmental Processes Promoted
- Two-Handed Play
- Finger & Hand Control
- Functional Finger Movement & Exploration
- Eye-Hand Coordination
- Hand & Finger Grasp
- Fine Motor
- Cause & Effect
- Sound Imitation
- Memory & Recall
- Auditory Processing & Attention
- Motor Planning
- Wrist Rotation
- Self Esteem
- Cooperative Hand Movements
- Bilateral Coordination
- Peer Interaction
- Language Development
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- Age Range:
- Levels of Play:
- Three Levels
- Surface Wipe