Children love music! Whether it’s soft and soothing or a lively tune, children feel it both physically and emotionally.
Music is an outlet to stimulate the mind. It affects the child in all the areas of development right from the time he/she is born. Most importantly, children experience great joy and pleasure listening to music. With minimum effort, a teacher can bring happiness to children each day just by providing the opportunity to do something with music. Children respond to music enthusiastically and spontaneously without any inhibition.
It is difficult to imagine a preschool classroom having no time for rhymes or music. Think of the song ‘Old Mac Donald’. It is such an effective way of introducing children to the world of farm animals and the sounds they make.
Benefits of music and movement
- It provides means to communicate
- An opportunity to express emotions
- Develops social skills
- Provides opportunities to participate in groups
- Enhances self‐concept and self confidence
- Enhances sensorial skills
- Refines listening skills
- Awareness of movement and body positions
- Enhances creativity and imagination
- Learn new words and concepts
- Explore cause and effect
- Develop large motor skills
- Improves balance and coordination
- Helps develop fine motor skills
Rhymes are an important medium to teach children about the different aspects of themselves and the things in their environment. It helps them learn about rhythm, letter sounds, and different words. It fosters children’s memory and provides a basis for imaginative play. It develops children’s language. Nursery rhymes help children express their feelings as they make facial expressions and gestures. It allows children to practice and develop coordination skills and gain confidence.
While children are often encouraged to sing and participate in a music activity, it is also important that children be allowed to manipulate and experiment with instruments. Provide children different musical instruments to manipulate. Provide children different props such as streamers to use while they move to music. Encourage children to make different actions while they sing and sing the rhyme in a different tempo.
Singing rhymes and making music can be extended at home too. Children, parents and other family members can create music, a rhyme and sing it together at least once a day. A popular tune could be set to match the lyrics and this song is something that will remain with the child as long as he walks this earth. This will again be captured in the deepest part of his memory and most certainly remain a gift of a lifetime.
Music is one of the key ways of learning in the early years. Music and learning in early childhood are integral to each other, one cannot exist without the other.