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