As early childhood music educators we teach to the whole child.
While important for musical development, steady beat competency has also proven to be extremely important for a child’s development in reading fluency, reading comprehension, language development, math patterning, and sports skills
It’s almost impossible to make music with children without moving.
When I taught elementary general music, I spent every lunch in the teacher’s lounge talking with colleagues about students and sharing teaching ideas.
Engagement with spontaneous musical play provides countless opportunities to make meaning of the music itself and of life.
If parents confidently take risks and incorporate children’s music attempts into their vocal and movement interactive response chain, children’s expressive-music vocabularies become more meaningful to the children.
Music and movement must be a constant throughout our lives as life-long learners, and essential for the children who will become the creators of the future.
Educators are reminded that children’s growth and development cannot thrive in compartmentalized, isolated instructional activities that separate the benefits of expressiveness through music and movement from the academic core of their learning
Music may not only affect neural development but may also contribute to increases in non-musical cognitive skills such as visual-spatial abilities
Parents are the young child’s first educators.