Within education, music and movement activities use a range of sensory modalities such as vision, hearing, and movement to support learning in a fun and engaging way. Children learn through play, imitation, and exploration – and music and movement combine these using various senses.
Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness, including intellectual, social-emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy.
It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words.
Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. For children and adults, music helps strengthen memory skills.
The xylophone is a classic instrument that has been around for at least 1600 years, and despite being so old, it’s still an excellent first instrument for a child to start with.
Studies in neuroscience show that music can enhance brain function in children. Musical activities (such as playing an instrument, singing, or listening to music) stimulate the brain. This brain workout leads to improved brain structure with the formation of new neural connections.
Playing musical instruments, like any skill, takes time to master. Children will enjoy the sense of achievement from learning through play as they can gradually repeat familiar tunes or patterns or maintain a steady rhythm.
Children love engaging with music and movement in early childhood education. It helps them express their feelings and emotions, learn to work in groups and develop their self-confidence and imagination. They help children develop cognitive growth, problem-solving, self-expression, and social development skills.
Observing how music connects to a child and how it moves them with coordination so easily, is wonderful!
“Music has just as much to do with movement and body as it does soul and intellect.” Esa-Pekka Salonen, Finnish Musician
Making music out of everyday things. Creative and fun music movement class using only a piece of cloth.
“If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me music.” J. M. Barrie