Infants, Toddlers, and Music
Children are naturally fascinated with sound and movement. Children, even before birth, are surrounded by musical sounds. Whether a child is listening to music, singing, or moving creatively to the sounds around them, music is a vital part of every child's life. Young children create music as a part of their play experiences, sustaining imagination and creativity. Music enables children to express feelings and release energies and emotions in new and novel ways. Early childhood is an opportune time to reinforce children's natural music abilities. Although music is not a language, music is learned in much the same way that a language is learned. Children need to hear and experiment with extensive amounts of language before they actually learn to speak, read and write. Imagine placing a child in a school setting where they were asked to read before they had been exposed to a wide vocabulary and developed a speaking vocabulary of their own. In the same way, children need to hear a wide variety of music and experiment with it before they can sing accurately, chant rhythms with precision, and eventually read and write music.
An Early Childhood Music Program
Music Moves for Kids offers a rich music environment for children. Music Moves for Kids is based on the empirical research of Dr. Edwin E. Gordon and focuses on how children learn and process music, when learning music. Classes expose children to a wide repertoire of songs and chants. Teachers model simple, creative movements which encourage children in playful movement activities where music becomes the toy. Children are encouraged to interact with the music in whatever way they feel most comfortable. Correct responses are not required from the children, rather each child's uniqueness and response to music is valued. The children's responses often become the springboard for creating further music dialogue. Facilitating music interaction and building upon children's natural responses are key components of Music Moves for Kids classes.
Music Development and
Music Moves for Kids Classes
Music Moves for Infants (Newborn to 12 months)
Music Moves for Toddlers (Ages 1 and 2 years)
Music Moves for Preschool (Ages 3 and 4 years)
Music Moves for Mixed Ages (Mixed age group from newborn to age 4)
Music Moves for Keyboard Games (Ages 4 & 5 years, includes time at the piano)
Music Moves for Kids and Gregory Chase Music Studio is proud to work with Creative Kids Saskatchewan.
For families unable to meet the lesson fees, funds may be available from Creative Kids Saskatchewan. Visit www.CreativeKidsSask.ca for details.