Music is everywhere …
All sounds are musical.
Rhythm is in the way we walk and talk.

Children are born into a world of sound and movement, responding to vibrations when heard and felt. Their involvement with music facilitates their intellectual, imaginative and emotional growth, helping them gain a positive self-image and extend their awareness of cultural values.

Music is enjoyable, soothing and assists in the development of listening skills, concentration, coordination, cooperation, communication, and memory.

Music helps children

  • Express feelings through voice and body
  • Develop harmony, melody, rhythm and learn to sing in tune
  • Have fun and be creative
  • Recognise sounds, instruments and different music. Develop and extend language, listening skills, concentration, memory and discrimination (e.g. fast/slow)
  • Learn to participate in a group as well as alone.

Ideas for equipment for music

  • A selection of musical instruments (purchased and home made) and music.
  • A cassette/CD player with a variety of tapes and CDs (classical, children’s, cultural and pop)
  • Items for dancing - scarves, streamers, etc.
  • A display unit for displaying musical instruments, with easy access.

Adults can help

  • Provide music anywhere and any time
  • Sing and chant as often as children enjoy
  • Help children make up their own songs and chants
  • Play tapes, sing along and move to the music.

Ideas to help with literacy and numeracy

  • Sing familiar songs, rhymes and chants
  • Learn new songs rhymes and chants
  • Choose songs and chants about numbers, counting, etc.
  • Choose songs and chants with interesting new words in them. 

Last updated: 7 July 2009