Music for Early Years Services

A child’s awareness of music begins from a young age. Infants can be comforted by lullabies, music boxes, and musical toys. As they make cooing sounds and begin babbling, infants experiment with different tones and rhythmic patterns. Typical toddlers can regularly be observed dancing, tapping, clapping, or parading around the room, trying out new ways of moving to musical beats and rhythmic patterns. Young children are sensitive to musical sound and respond freely and joyfully to different tempos and beats. At the same time, they discover new and different ways to use their bodies and voices.

Through music and movement children develop coordination, which aids muscular development. They begin to understand what they can do with their bodies as they run, hop, squeeze, balance, stretch, crawl, and jump.

Through music and movement, children learn to express feelings and relieve tension. Music may also convey a specific mood through which children reveal their feelings and emotions i.e. happiness

A good classroom is geared to music. A sensitive teacher celebrates the clumsy and often awkward beginnings children make in their attempts to move rhythmically.