As I write this article, our ELC children are underway in preparation for our annual ELC Concert. This showcase will present a mix of favourite songs that each ELC group has rehearsed independently and collectively.
On reflection, this experience has inspired me to write about the benefits of music, not just in early childhood, but for a child’s entire educational journey.
What Children Learn from Music
Past research has suggested that exposure to music from early childhood onwards helps children to speak more clearly, develop a larger vocabulary, and strengthen social and emotional skills.
Renowned psychologist, Howard Gardner, argues that music intelligence is as important as logical and emotional intelligence. This is because music has the ability to strengthen the connection between the body and brain to work together as a team.
Music is a natural and important part of young children’s growth and development. Early interaction with music positively affects the quality of all children’s lives.
Successful experiences in music help all children bond emotionally and intellectually with others through creative expression in song, rhythmic movement, and listening experiences.
‘Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.’ – Plato
Music in our Education Program
Music education for young children involves a developmentally appropriate program of singing, moving, listening, creating, playing instruments, and responding to visual and verbal representations of sound.
Ideally, time is made available during our day here at the ELC for activities in which music is the primary focus of attention for its own value. It may also serve as a means for educators to facilitate the accomplishment of non-musical goals.
Musical experiences are planned for various types of learning opportunities and integration with other areas of the curriculum in one-on-one and large-group music focus.
Children bring their own unique interest and abilities to the music learning environment. Each child will take away that bit of knowledge and skill that he or she is uniquely capable of understanding and developing.
In the ELC, the children are provided with a rich environment that offers many possible routes for them to explore as they grow in awareness and curiosity about music.
Lyn Pewtress, Kilvington ELC Coordinator