Children are born musicians!
As children, we use our voice and other instruments to express feelings, but they also serve important learning functions – they teach us pattern, pulse, rhyme and structure, without the complication of language; they teach us the way humans bond and express emotion; they give us pleasure and encourage imagination and story-telling.
Studies suggest that music and movement:
- Nourish the brain while affecting all areas of development
- Strengthen listening, motor skills, language, problem solving, spatial-temporalperformance and literacy
- Help develop critical listening skills
- Create space for emotional well-being
- Provide opportunities to practice social skills
- Support phonemic awareness
- Instill acts of kindness and cooperation
- Calm and focus the mind
- Encourage interaction in non-threatening ways