As an early childhood music educator and researcher, I am compelled to look deeper, to find my own connections between home and child, child and music, and music and others, in order to facilitate meaningful, authentic, and legitimate musical experiences that grow into a life-long love of music.
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 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.
Children need opportunities to play, for it is through play that they develop socially, musically, kinesthetically, and cognitively.
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.
It’s almost impossible to make music with children without moving.
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.
Today's children are tomorrow's leaders.
Parents are the young child’s first educators.
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.