The Power of Music
by Llynda Fogle
Music promotes school readiness and stimulates development across all learning domains. In order to be ready to learn, children first need to learn about regulating their own emotions and having healthy interactions with others. Music is a powerful way to promote these skills.
Through music children can explore emotions—their own, those of their friends, and those of the characters in the songs and stories they hear. They acquire new skills that build their self-esteem, develop a sense of belonging through community-building rituals, and learn to manage their impulses by following directions and taking instruction.
“Young children certainly relate music and body movement naturally, finding it virtually impossible to sing without engaging in some accompanying physical activity. “
- Howard Gardner
- Find the sounds and rhythms all around
- Encourage children to create their own ways of moving to music
- Play with props in time to the music
- Dance with each other
- Create simple movement sequences to music with children
- Interpret the moods of music through creative expression
Sing at large group time, sing at work time,sing at small group time, sing at outside time, and sing during parent meetings. Add singing and music to every part of your day. It lifts the spirit, soothes the soul and often prevents challenging behavior. The harmony of the music helps everyone get along like notes in a song
“I don't sing because I'm happy, I'm happy because I sing.”
- William James
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