Music can be the spark that ignites all areas of development: intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language and overall literacy. In fact, music is a great organiser that helps the body and the mind work together. Young children are attracted to musical patterns and structure. They show this in many ways – clapping at the end of songs or making hand motions for special parts (such as mama duck quacking in “Five Little Ducks”).
Music also introduces children to the sounds and meanings of words and helps strengthen memory skills. Alphabet and number songs such as “This Old Man” help children remember letter and number sequences. Songs such as “The Wheels on the Bus” help children understand how things work.
Music provides a opportunity for your child to interact with other children and loved ones in joyous ways. Because music is such a rich learning experience, the more children are involved with music, the more they learn.
(By Diana Acheson – Kindermusik Master Teacher)