It’s almost impossible to make music with children without moving.
Music may not only affect neural development but may also contribute to increases in non-musical cognitive skills such as visual-spatial abilities
Children are musical. Children enjoy exploring musical sounds. And, with the right musical experiences children can enjoy creating music that is emotionally satisfying and cognitively challenging.
Music can expand and enhance the early childhood curriculum and develop language and literacy skills in young children that are important to later school readiness.
Like sunsets, snowflakes, and other miracles of nature, no two children are exactly alike; and learning is a process, not a race.
By possessing knowledge about how children develop motorically as well as musically, teachers of young children can engage children in appropriate movement activities and better evaluate children’s movement behaviors.
If parents confidently take risks and incorporate children’s music attempts into their vocal and movement interactive response chain, children’s expressive-music vocabularies become more meaningful to the children.
Integrating concepts across the arts and disciplines is not just a nice thing to do. It is essential to a child’s holistic way of learning.
When I taught elementary general music, I spent every lunch in the teacher’s lounge talking with colleagues about students and sharing teaching ideas.
Educators are reminded that children’s growth and development cannot thrive in compartmentalized, isolated instructional activities that separate the benefits of expressiveness through music and movement from the academic core of their learning