Music and movement must be a constant throughout our lives as life-long learners, and essential for the children who will become the creators of the future.
Parents are the young child’s first educators.
Children respond to us — even imitate our movements —….
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.
While important for musical development, steady beat competency has also proven to be extremely important for a child’s development in reading fluency, reading comprehension, language development, math patterning, and sports skills
Children need opportunities to play, for it is through play that they develop socially, musically, kinesthetically, and cognitively.
It’s almost impossible to make music with children without moving.
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
As early childhood music educators we teach to the whole child.
When we ask what’s really happening with our children’s musical development during music class, we begin to see our classes not just as moments for musical fun, but as opportunities to affect children’s musicianship.
Only when we have a clear sense of what is really happening in our classes, can we strengthen our teaching, enhance children’s music learning, and accurately and substantively describe the merit of our programs.