Benefits of music for Early Years children · Early Years music

The benefits of music for Early Year’s children.

 

Music is a part of our everyday lives, Mothers sing to their newborn babies to soothe and interact.

Music can:

  • Improve social skills via interaction within the group, for example, by using equipment such as the ‘Lycra’ together.
  • Help with Literacy development – through learning new words, rhythms and rhymes. And allows children to learn the sounds and meanings of words.
  • Help to develop gross motor skills – via dancing, movement and actions to music.
  • Allow children to express themselves and helps to build self-esteem and confidence.
  • Aid concentration.
  • Promote sharing and cooperation – via sharing instruments within the group. And via songs such as ‘Bounce the Teddy,’ where a teddy bear is passed around the circle.
  • Promote group cooperation – via playing instruments as a group as the children get older.

 

Babies and Music:

Babies bounce and move their hands in response to music. I introduce simple ‘2-note’ songs for children under 2 years-old, for example ‘Peek-a-boo’ with the use of coloured scarves is a huge favourite with the babies.

Toddlers and Music:

Toddlers starting to dance and copy actions to music. Toddlers absolutely love repetition and traditional nursery rhymes, such a ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,’ and ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep,’ Toddlers thrive on clapping and tapping along to rhythms.

Pre School aged children:

Pre School children enjoy songs that are LOUD! With a lot of actions that require participation. They particularly enjoy songs about animals, for example, ‘Walking through the Jungle,’ and ‘A hedgehog is very prickly.’ This is a great age group is fantastic for learning songs that are based on their particular interests. Finger plays are also a favourite at this age, e.g. ‘Tommy Thumb.’

School aged children:

Reception class children particularly enjoy the songs that tell a story, for example, ‘Goldilocks and the 3 bears,’ which we learn via a rap. And ‘Please Mr Noah,’ telling the story of ‘Noah’s Ark.’

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