Singing, music, and dance play a very important role in our culture. We find music in every aspect of our life – movies, television, theater, in all celebrations and so on.Parents use music to calm and soothe child when he is born, to express their love and joy, and to engage and interact. Parents can help develop these instincts in kids by understanding how music can impact child development and improve social skills in kids of all ages.
But is music important for preschool development?
The truth might come as a surprise to you. Read on to find out what is the connection between music and dance and brain activity in preschool children. I found it to be very interesting.
The Importance of Music
Music helps in all areas of child development – intellectual, social and emotional, fine and gross motor skills and language. It helps the body and the mind work together. If kids are exposed to music during early childhood, they learn to identify the sounds and meaning of words. Dancing to music not only helps children build motor skills but also allow them to practice self-expression. Music helps in strengthening memory skills in both children and adults.
In addition, music also provides us with joy. Just think about listening to your favorite song on a beautiful day. That’s joy!
Music teach important skills to children
Music should be an important part of curriculum in preschools. QualtyKG provides teachers in a preschool with various support material to encourage children. The preschool that will run on the standards of QualityKG will definitely understand the development of all the skills required for the overall development of children.
Kids love the sound. Music and dance activities help children practice important skills, such as thinking, language, motor skills and understanding emotions. Lets have a look at them:
1. Music and Thinking Ability
Music is a powerful tool that triggers children’s thinking skills. When children are given musical instruments, to play with, they explore the cause and effect relationship. They realize that pressing a key makes a sound. In addition, they also understand the differences in sound. For instance kids understand that some keys play deeper sounds than others.Exploring musical instruments also helps children learn how different instruments work and the sounds they create.
2. Music and Language
One of the best ways for children to practice language skills is singing songs. singing helps them with pronunciation and combining sentences. Learning the songs is also a great way to remember information, thus helps in increasing memory skills. So many toddlers learn alphabets by singing the ABC song. It has been observed that our brains remember things better with music.
3. Music and Motor Skills
Songs with movements help children practice fine-motor coordination. For instance, when kids listen to the song, ‘The Itsy Bitsy Spider’, they start moving their fingers. another song ‘Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed’ helps children practice control of hands and fingers. Control of hands and fingers is very important for writing and handling small objects.
Kids also love to dance when they listen to music. This helps them gain control of their arms and legs. Music and dance are fun activities that help children engage with each other and at the same time learn different skills.
4. Music and Emotions
One way to teach kids different types of emotions is music. Music is soothing and comforting. Remember how babies love lullabies. Preschools can play different kinds of music and help children identify sounds like happy, sad etc. Another way to connect children with music and emotions is to ask them to listen to music and then draw their feelings – what they feel after listening to a certain kind of music.
5. Music and Daily Routines
Help children to follow the routine of the preschool with the help of music and singing. Clean-up songs inform children that it is time to put away their toys and get on with another activity. Preschools use songs to signal a change from one activity to another, or to keep children engaged and occupied while they are waiting for the next activity. Playing quiet music informs children that it is time for a nap. Play loud music to get children up and moving and use their energy before they settle down.
In the present scenario, music is not just an extra curricular activity in preschools. Listening to different kinds of music, singing songs and playing instruments provide great learning opportunities to toddlers. Look for creative ways to include music in preschools.
6. Music and Dance activities for preschoolers
Here are some ideas that will help you organize music and dance activities for kids in the preschools.
1. Use a parachute to practice different movement activities while learning songs.
2. Make kids dance with ribbon rings.
3. Ask preschoolers to create their own harmonica with sticks and play it.
4. To stimulate the sense of sound ask children to tie bells on their favorite body part and dance.
5. Provide kids with variety of music that helps them develop verbal skills.
6. Ask children to jump on the beats. This will help them identify different sounds.
7. Plate dance is a fun way to reinforce fast, slow, softly, loudly, behind our backs, under our legs kind of dance.
8. Tissue dance teach posture, body control, balance, and concentration to kids.
9. Let’s Play Music enable children to learn how a different approach is needed to different kinds of music.
The importance and benefits of music and dance cannot be ignored in a preschool. Incorporating the two skills will prepare children’s minds for learning process throughout their life!