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WHY START IN EARLY CHILDHOOD?

 

The following in an excerpt from a recent article presented in Early Childhood Connections,

a journal for early childhood education. 

 

  • Music is language and children instinctively recognize & try to imitate spoken language & communication.

  • Music evokes movement, and children delight in and require movement for their growth and development.

  • Music engages the brain while stimulating neural pathways associated with higher processes such as abstract reasoning, mathematics, and empathy.

  • Musicís melodic and rhythmic patterns provide exercises for the brain and help develop memory.

  • Music is an aural art and young children & babies are aural learners.  Since hearing is fully mature well before birth, infants begin responding to the sounds of their environment in the womb & continue to do so throughout their early development.  

  • Music is perfectly designed for training listening skills.  Good listening skills and school achievement go hand in hand.

  • Developmentally appropriate music activities involve the whole child Ė the learning of language, the desire to move, the brainís attention to patterns, the earís role in communication & response to sounds, as well as the eye-hand coordination associated with playing musical instruments specially designed for little hands.

  • Making music is a creative experience which involves expression of feelings.  Children often do not have the words to express themselves and need positive ways to release their emotions.

  • Music transmits culture and is an avenue by which beloved songs, rhymes, and dances can be passed down from one generation to the next.

  • Music is a social activity which involves family and community participation.  Children love to sing & dance at home, school, in the car, and at church. 

  • ...and, unlike cribs, strollers, and clothes, children will never outgrow music and its many benefits!

 

 

Kristin F. Millson Ed. D

Director

338 E. Lyman Avenue  Winter Park, FL 32789

NAC Accredited Preschool  near Orlando