Music should be a compelling experience for children, and mixing the right elements together can create connection to the world of song and sound. One way to achieve this is through making your students an active part of the music that you are showing them. For instance, if you are trying to help them learn to distinguish different instruments in a piece, try giving them an example to hook onto before you play it. Before class, pass out examples of each instrument to different students. In turn, each one strums it and the class says the name of the instrument together, doing this at least twice each time. Then, play the piece and ask the students what instrument they hear. You will be surprised at the improvement in the recognition of the students in picking out which one is played.