Benefits of Early Childhood Music and Movement
Music Brings Children to Life
Music's melodic and rhythmic patterns awaken and stimulate neural pathways in the
brain that help develop memory, math skills, and powers of abstract and creative thinking.
Music touches all spheres of development:
Fine Motor Skills
Overall, Music activities are ideal for your growing child.
Music immerses the child in language.
Stimulates the brain.
Fosters physical coordination.
Develops listening skills, the foremost necessity for learning.
All in a group setting which builds community.
All Children are Musical
Children are innately musical and have an inborn ability to sing and move rhythmically. Body movement is a natural outlet for expressing feeling and is very closely tied to human expression. When toddlers move to musical sounds they are communicating their feelings and perceptions of the world. Children communicate effectively with body language long before they can communicate with spoken language, and adults gain a privileged glimpse into the inner world of childhood when observing a toddler's movements.
Music is a part of every culture around the world, and given the opportunity, all people sing, dance, and make music.
Research and experience tell us that the earlier a child is in an environment of active music-making, the more likely that child's inborn musicality will be awakened and developed. When surrounded by music and musical instruments and allowed to participate actively in a musical environment, children learn to make music both freely and naturally.
Music Meets the Needs of Children
Music making is active and joyful! Psychological studies tell us that a child's primary learning motivation comes from being in a pleasant and nonthreatening environment. Moving to music, playing instruments, and listening to music are all naturally joyful experiences for children and adults alike.
Play is the work of children! In Musikgarten publications we share with you a collection of songs and rhymes for musical play that children and adults have shared for generations. They come from our own culture and many others and have a natural attraction for children through their beauty and opportunity for movement.
Music Makes a Difference
Music improves overall development, decreases learning problems, and enhances brain functioning - all in a learning environment that fosters the building of community. Through music we touch the whole child and can make a positive impact on the child and family.
Music Making Belongs in the Family
The time to start experiencing music is in early childhood:the place is in the family. Home is the first and most important school for children, and involved parents are the most effective teachers. Many well-meaning parents have been led to put their faith in sophisticated "things" rather than to trust their own natural instincts. Moreover, things have supplanted the simple joys of being with each other. However, this is changing since we are seeing an exciting breakthrough for early childhood music - public awareness about the benefits of music for children and families is on the rise. Adults are learning how to interact effectively and easily with children through music, and families are growing together musically. This is good for children and good for families.
Piano Family Involvement - With Musikgarten, you will continue to enjoy music with your children at home. Parents play a vital role in establishing good practice habits at home; this process is facilitated with two excellent CD's for each level together with games and ideas shared with parents in the final section of each lesson.
Benefits of Studying Piano
Piano study with peers in a group setting nurtures the musician inside each child in the most positive setting for children this age - with each other. It helps children learn from each other and overcome performance anxiety.
Most importantly, group study keeps the joy in making music!
Note to Parents
You will love Musikgarten. There is no other music learning method that can foster the enjoyment of music, friendship between children, and family togetherness like Musikgarten. Making music with others requires self-discipline and cooperation, as well as concentration and multi-track listening. When working together, childhood musicians can learn more expediently and completely, while having more fun at the same time.
Moreover, children's excitement about learning and performing keep them involved in making music long after the lessons stop!
Erin's Music Studio
"The early experience with music was not only a fun reason to get out of the house, but left my daughter with a wonderful sense of rhythm and a real joy for singing." M.Y.
"I took my grand-kids to Musikgarten. It was entertaining, fast paced, and educational." T.M.