Using Music to Teach
- 28 Sep, 2018
After a few nights with a newborn, parents are well aware that infants know how to use their voice from the very beginning. And even though this will most likely result in many nights of very poor sleep, this is the beginning of how sound and music develop for infants and toddlers. It may take a few months before babies start to recognize music and start moving to the rhythm, but having music in a child’s life in general can have significant benefits for them later on.
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The Importance of Incorporating Sound and Music Into Toddler’s Lives
Music Adds to a Sensory Environment
Music can do much more than fill the silence on a car ride, and it can have lasting benefits. Music can help a child wake up in the morning, it says it’s time to start getting ready for bed, or it can say it’s time to party! These activities, along with a variety of smells, sights, tastes, textures, and colors, create a sensory environment that helps stimulate the brain. As your child gets older, the neural connections that were established earlier will help them have a greater understanding of several areas in school.
Between the Ages of One and Three
An important aspect of incorporating music is allowing your child to actually engage with the music, instead of passively listening to it. When your child is between one and three years old, they will start to respond to the music, such as tapping their feet, clapping, or even singing along with it. To encourage this, try playing songs that use hand motions, such as “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” or “The Wheels on the Bus.”
You may also notice during these ages that your child is starting to learn how to keep time. If your toddler is banging on a pot with a spoon, join in and try to have them keep a steady pace, or have them follow along to different rhythms that you create with the spoon.
One of the most effective ways of teaching the alphabet is with the ABC song, that has the same tune as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” Children’s rhymes are also an opportunity to teach how certain words rhyme, and they can eventually find their own rhymes with words. And when your baby wants to sing the same song over and over again, just go with it. Repetition is simply a method of practicing what they’re learning. And even though kids won’t be able to actually read music, they are beginning the basics of keeping a beat and the different pitches of notes.
Use Music to Set the Mood
Whether it’s bath time, time to pick up their toys, or time to get dressed in the morning, use songs to set the tone of the activity or task. Choose a slower, softer song when it’s time for bed, and choose more upbeat songs for activities that need more motivation. Infants may not understand the words “it’s time for bed,” but they will learn what certain songs mean.
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