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.
As early childhood music educators we teach to the whole child.
Children respond to us — even imitate our movements —….
Like sunsets, snowflakes, and other miracles of nature, no two children are exactly alike; and learning is a process, not a race.
It is time we reclaim the voice and reconnect with the music that nurtures life at the cradle of our existence.
Musicing with young children is a noisy process where children's spontaneous vocalizations may be approximations of the music we more knowledgeable music learners provide them.
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
Realizing that young children often lack an ability to express how they feel due to an inadequate vocablary of feeling words, music teachers and significant adults should be prepared to help children verbalize how they feel and how they perceive the feelings of others.
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.
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.
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.