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.