By Herbert Marshall, Ph.D.
Along with the music and movement benefits of early childhood music is the opportunity for parents to learn more about their children. Parents consult pediatricians, educators, and popular wisdom for reassurance that their children are within the typical range in terms of growth, communication, and cognitive development. As they anticipate preschool and kindergarten, parents are apprehensive about their children’s social skills, curiosity, learning styles, and their general ability to cope with the world around them. What kind of learner will she be? Will he make an effort to share and take turns?
In early childhood music classes, we can assist parents in this quest to learn more about their young children. Depending on the level of structure and formality in our classes, parents can observe their child’s ability to attend to instruction, follow directions, and practice…