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May Blog 2023: Music and Song

May 21, 2023

 

 

 

MUSIC

Why is music important in the Early Years?

 

Music is important because it helps the mind and body work together. Communication and language skills are taught through music in a fun way. This is by learning rhymes and singing songs.

Not only does music help us to express our emotions, but it aids relaxation, improving our well-being.

Sensory development is crucial for cognitive growth. By incorporating sounds into a child’s play and everyday routine, we are stimulating their brain development.

 

 

 

Music and songs

 

How can I encourage my child to enjoy music?

Here are plenty of activities to try:

 

  • Listen to music. Try all different types: classical, pop, disco, rock, country, opera, jazz, soul, and reggae.

 

  • Hear the rhythm and beat, move to the music.

 

  • Explore sounds.

 

  • Clap and wave.

 

  • Create sounds by using instruments to bang, shake, blow, and tap.

 

  • Make your own instruments. Use wooden spoons and upturned saucepans.

 

  • Scrunch up paper. Fill containers with rice or dried beans.

 

  • Use straws to blow bubbles in water.

 

  • Have a jamming session.

 

  • Use your voice, build a repertoire of songs and rhymes.

 

  • Add your favourite songs to your own music.

 

  • Let your child hear music in different places. Watch a marching band, go to a concert.

 

Books to share about music and songs

Fabulous Books…

  • The Treasury of Songs by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Macmillan)
  • The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker by Jessica Courtney Tickle (Frances Lincoln)
  • The Story Orchestra: Carnival of Animals by Katy Flint and Jessica Courtney Tickle (Frances Lincoln)
  • The Story Orchestra: Swan Lake by Katy Flint and Jessica Courtney Tickle (Frances Lincoln)
  • Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield ((Lincoln)
  • Polar Bear Polar Bear What do you Hear? by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle (Puffin)
  • Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz (Orchard)
  • Okki-Tokki-Unga: Action Songs for Children by Ana Sanderson, Beatrice Harrop, et al. (Collins)
  • Robin’s Winter Song by Suzanne Barton (Bloomsbury)
  • Noisy Orchestra by Sam Taplin and Gareth Lucas (Osborne)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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