Music and Movement

Children’s early involvement in music helps develop math, language and reading abilities.

Bring It Home

  • Expose your child to music at home.
    • Infants may try to mimic sounds and toddlers are eager to have their singing voices heard. For these little children, repeating simple songs is helpful.Toddlers and preschoolers often enjoy finger plays such as the itsy bitsy spider and wheels on the bus which incorporate body movement into the music.
    • School-age children may enjoy songs with stories, predictable beats, etc. This is the age when your child may start showing musical preferences. Encourage your child to explore those preferences.
  • Music can be changed to suit the mood, i.e. if your child needs to become calmer, playing calm music (i.e. soft slow classical) may help your child relax. If your child is feeling blue, upbeat and happy music can be used as a tool to energize them and raise their spirits.
  • Allow your child to make “music” with several different types of objects - allowing them to explore with these types of materials helps them understand cause and effect (i.e. “if I hit this bowl with this spoon, it makes a sound. If I hit this box with this spoon, it makes a different sound!”). An empty coffee container makes a great drum and lids to pots make symbols.
  • For instructions on how to make home-made musical instruments click here.

Last updated September 22, 2017