Music is an important part of early childhood, whether it is nursery rhymes, finger play and action songs, or children creating their own music and experimenting with instruments and sound. Vocabulary and language is enhanced when children learn songs and rhymes, and they learn to co-operate as they sing, respond to each other and the music. Children learn about patterns and repetition when they copy a teacher or adult clapping the beat or using an instrument to create music.
Music can be a great tool for “moving to learn”, where children develop and learn to coordinate their large and small muscles as they learn how to drive their bodies, and they also learn different body parts as they move to the words and music. They develop space perception, timing and rhythm, listening skills, memory and language as well as social confidence as they interact with others.
Musical activities encourage children to express themselves as creative individuals therefore enhancing their self-esteem. Making music with others gives children a wonderful feeling of belonging to the group. Children who might have difficulty joining in activities with others because they are shy, have limited English ability or special needs, can freely participate when it comes to a music activity.
So enjoy singing or making music with your child – remember they don’t care if you can’t sing in tune!!!