We All Connect With Music
I have spent the last 25 years leading music groups in preschool classrooms. I’ve seen the enthusiasm and the joy that interactive music movement brings to young children. Even very young children, including infants who don’t even set up on her own, respond to rhythmic music by bouncing and moving their bodies.
It’s easy to see that Music is something that all human beings have a deep connection with. It’s something that we’re born with and it’s something that we have with us our entire lives. Because of that it can also serve as a very powerful tool to enhance positive development in young children.
Music Is A Powerful Tool For Enhancing Development
Teachers can you use music to create a positive environment in the classroom, evaluate their students development, achieve positive teacher student interactions and enhance their students development in many areas including academic achievement, gross and fine motor skills, social and emotional development and impulse control.
Parents who make music a part of their home life with their children will create opportunities for positive use of time and energy, foster positive parent child interactions and promote healthy development and their children.
Exposure to interactive music and movement activities in early childhood enhances children’s development in the areas of self-regulation, Academic performance, social and emotional development, language development, cognition, physical development, and the performing arts.
The Science Backs It Up!
Many scientific studies conducted over the last 20 years have shown the effects of music instruction on the emergent literacy capacities in preschool children. Studies also show that musical activities promote the development of auditory perception, phonological memory, and metacognitive knowledge.
Many teachers understand the importance of exposing their students to music at an early age but few teachers feel qualified to lead music groups in their classrooms. Most teachers have a collection of music by familiar artists like Greg and Steve and Raffi among others. But what most teachers lack is an intentional music and movement curriculum.
How To Choose Your Music
It’s clear that the more teachers and parents of young children want and need to have access to comprehensive resources allow them to bring music into the classroom and away that will benefit their children in all the ways that music can. So what are the factors and elements that we need to look for in the music curriculum that we choose for our homes and our classrooms?
The music that we choose to bring into the lives of our students and children should be fun and energetic. A lot of music that is created for young children seems to be designed more for parents and teachers than it is for their students and children and lacks the interactive elements that are so important. Children learn through play. In order for music to be effective as a developmental tool it needs to foster play and interaction.
Not A Spectator Sport
Music time is not a spectator sport. Music is something that we do with our children and our students. If requires the full participation of teachers and parents for it to be effective. So, get involved, have fun and take advantage of preschool music and movement to enrich the lives of the children in your care.