We have a specialist music teacher one day each week who leads 30-40minute sessions with half a class at a time.
Music is such an important part of our culture and development, exposure to music from early childhood onwards helps children to speak more clearly, develop a larger vocabulary, and strengthen social and emotional skills. Music has the ability to strengthen the connection between the body and brain to work together as a team. For instance, when dancing and moving to music, children develop better motor skills whereas singing along to a song helps them to practise their singing voice. In general, the exposure to music supports children in their development process to learn the sound of tones and words.
Building listening skills, identifying sounds, using memory to recall and identify familiar sounds, to represent sounds heard in the environment.
To recognise rhythm, understanding sounds/syllables, following a beat
As children grow in their appreciation of the beauty of music and dance, they acquire a gift that will bring them great pleasure.
Music and movement benefit a child’s development in many ways.
Here are skills that music and movement can help develop:
- Participating in a group
- Social skills
- Express emotions
- Enhance self‐concept by sharing music and dance of each other’s culture
- Refine listening skills‐noticing changes in tempo or pitch
- Awareness of movement and body positions
- Creativity and imagination
- Learn new words and concepts
- Explore cause and effect
- Develop large motor skills
- Improve balance, coordination, and rhythm through dance and movement activities