Did you know that musical development happens naturally in each and every one of us?

Here are some of the natural ways that music develops:

  • Beginning at birth, babies will actively seek out familiar voices and sounds, most of which were introduced while still in the womb.
  • High-pitched voices and instruments, used in a gentle manner, have a calming effect on infants
  • Older infants will briefly utilize pulse and meter
  • Older Infants will rock, march and roll to music
  • Toddlers will begin to sing spontaneously and make up songs of their own
  • Many toddlers will fill in words left out of songs (mostly at the end of phrases)
  • By Five years of age, most children are able to maintain a steady beat

If this is what happens naturally, can you imagine what happens with the tiniest little guidance? Over the last few weeks I have been giving out this flyer.  It gives a few very simple ways for parents and caregivers to really enhance everyday development while using music.  Enjoy!

This summer we are introducing our new Tiny Melodies classes for caregivers and children.  We hope to bring out the natural musicianship and enhance the development of children through live music, dance and play!  Our classes are not specific to special needs children or typical children, as we look to provide an inclusive environment for all to be involved!  Join us this summer!

Registration for our Tiny Melodies Program with the Bloomington Parks, Recreation and Cultural District this summer began on Tuesday and some of our classes are already full!  Have you joined yet?  Please visit our Tiny Melodies page for more information or go HERE to register!

References:

Birkenshaw-Fleming, L. (1993). Music for all. Teaching people with special needs. Toronto, Canada: Gordon V. Thompson Music.

Schwartz, E. (2008). Music therapy and early childhood: A Developmental approach. Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers.

 


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