Music is wonderfully soothing, mood lifting and in fact powerful in mood changing, expresses our feelings at particular moments in life and is joyful in so many ways. I am writing this musical reflection to share some of the ways I have noticed and observed music helping children and their families.
Music & Story Time
I have shared music and story times with children and families in a group environment in many locations and with many different people. The wonder I have noticed is; that when music is shared it creates smiles, laughter, joy, love and play! You may have noticed this too! It is a delight and privilege to see and experience, and it is a highlight of my week!
Some of the benefits from joining in with a music and story time are:
- strengthening your relationship with your child
- supports your child’s speaking skills
- supports your child’s ability to listen and follow instructions
- helps their ability to concentrate and attention span
- supports their social and emotional development
- may lead them into further exploration of their musical interest
Playing with an instrument is often a way to explore sound, how you can make sound and experiment with music.
It maybe soothing when feeling upset, to play with the instrument you know and are comforted by during these times.
These are all very important skills for your child’s learning and are highly beneficial for you as a parent and caregiver’s well-being! We can never underestimate the importance of our health and well being as it affects so much of our ability to think, learn and work.
Connect & Learn
In our music times, I always include songs for listening to instructions, songs with opportunities to do actions, play instruments, use puppets or other props and finish with a story.