How Children Benefit from Music
Young children relish making music in the compnay of familiar,
loving adults and other children. Singing, chanting, moving to music,
playing simple percussion instruments — these experiences
open the door to a lifetime of musical skill and enjoyment.
Early, guided music experiences benefit children in many other
- language development
- memory skills
- fine motor skills
- emotional development
- brain stimulation associated with abstract thinking, mathematics
What does a music lesson look like?
As envisioned by the program, a typical music lesson nurtures
children on many levels while laying a sound foundation in music
skills. Children sing songs, participate in movement games and simple
folk dances, and play small percussion instruments. Storytelling,
poetry, dramatic play and literacy preparation are phased in as
children show developmental readiness. Children engage creatively
with music of many styles and from many cultures. Babies are immersed
in rich music and movement experiences. Through play, young children
acquire the skills and awareness that form the foundation for learning
to perform, read and write music at their own pace.