Kids say the darndest things! Whether it’s pointing out a distinguishing characteristic of a stranger at the supermarket or just announcing to the world whatever crosses their mind, there’s no telling what a child will say next.
The early years are the years when a child soaks up information faster than a sponge. How exactly does this relate to music? Before a child is born, they are exposed to the rhythm of their mother walking and the melody of the voices around them. Hearing is the first sense developed in utero.
Would you rather memorize a list of letters that doesn’t make any sense, or would you rather learn the letters through a song? There’s a reason why the ABC’s are so widely known! Music is another tool in a child’s tool box for learning.
We’re not just playing with scarves. We’re learning how our body moves through space, as well as identifying colors AND learning how to take turns while waiting for the scarves to be passed out. When we shake egg shakers, we are learning opposites (like fast and slow, high and low) while working on a palmar grasp. While singing songs, we often work on sequencing, creativity and other concepts they also are working on in the classroom. On rainy days, everyone is thankful when the child gets a chance to shake out their sillies in the classroom – and music helps with that, too!
A child might not have a specific diagnosis, but they are still learning and experiencing all that life holds for the first time. A music therapist brings a unique perspective to a classroom environment. Even if it isn’t exclusively a therapy setting, the music therapist has skills that they don’t turn off. We are trained to constantly evaluate how a session is progressing and anticipate what the client needs. We have undergone rigorous training in using music to affect a variety of clients and settings. Why not have a music therapist come to your preschool classroom?