Henry Wadsworth Longfellow has been attributed to the famous quote, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” There’s no doubt that music speaks to the heart and soul of every person in unique ways, and it influences various aspects of learning, including elements of mathematics and art. Musical exposure is extremely important in a child’s early developmental process, and The Gardner School is intentional about incorporating music into daily activities.
Music in Early Childhood Development
As early as birth, parents can introduce children to a musical environment by playing music or demonstrating simple motion activities like dancing or swaying when holding the child. Singing and playing instruments are also excellent ways to spark a child’s interest in music. As a baby becomes a toddler, they can begin to process simple music lessons and techniques.
Parents are encouraged to observe their child’s natural abilities, curiosities, and interests in music. If a child seems inclined to learn more, that’s likely a good sign that they will greatly benefit from more formalized lessons. Even more, recent research has indicated that musicians who started musical training before age seven demonstrated stronger motor skills than those who began lessons later on.
At The Gardner School, we incorporate music every day in all classrooms. Music is a key part of circle time and activity transitions. We also use songs that encourage learning shapes, colors, numbers and language development. The music selected is intentional to brain development and movement, even the music played softly at naptime.
Music Enrichment at The Gardner School
Through a series of experiential learning techniques, our students are introduced to the fundamentals of music through our enrichment learning opportunities. From music notation, composition, and vocal instruction, students can gain knowledge about various musical styles, instruments, and composers. Along with basic drama exercises, students also participate in musical productions, which teach them creative skills in storytelling, puppetry, and acting.
In addition to music enrichment programs, students at The Gardner School also experience musical learning in the classroom, as music is a wonderful tool for teachers to help students learn and retain information. Remember learning “The ABC Song”? It still works today!
Above all, parents should not feel pressure to make sure children are learning music at any specific age. However, basic introduction of musical skills early on can only benefit a child’s growth and development. Rest assured that The Gardner School will be walking alongside you, introducing babies, preschoolers, and kindergartners to a variety of music concepts. Like Longfellow, we believe music is a universal language, and we’re excited to watch kids learn how to interpret it.