Children and Music
The More We Get Together
Mommy & Me / Sing With Me Music & Movement Classes
Sing With Me: The Program
Sing With Me: Song Titles
Sing With Me: Reviews
Sing With Me: Examples
Message from Gari Stein
Research Tells Us
Interactive Community Concerts
Children and Music
Michigan Reads! Guide
In Tune With Babies
Now I know my ABC's . . . Is That What It's All About?
So . . . What Can Those Babies Do?
Nurturing Baby & You: More Than the Music
Music & Movement For the Very Young
Music and Parenting: Somewhat Like A Symphony
What? Me, Teach Dance?
Music & Motion KinderConcerts
Ann Arbor Symphony
Why sing and dance with young children?
All children are born with the potential to be musical and learn through movement and absorbing. Research findings show that the early years offer an optimal window for nurturing that potential, and support the importance of music and movement in the Early Childhood Curriculum. Musical aptitude may be a separate intelligence and, for many children, possible their only form of self-expression. Musical experiences can help enhance learning, listening & literacy while providing tools to promote social and emotional success. Music should also be recognized as an art form and appreciated for its pure enjoyment and enriching qualities.
In my classes, the children are introduced to many styles of music from Classical to Cajun to Broadway. Children benefit from a wide variety of music, and will be gently encouraged to experiment, explore, listen to, connect, experience and create music. I also believe in using props such as puppets, visual aids, and rhythm and percussion instruments.
My philosophy comes from a holistic approach to music education, taking the whole child into account while respecting individual differences. My goal is to expose children to a rich musical environment that will provide them an opportunity to experience music and deepen their natural connection with it.
Music and movement for young children are indispensable teaching tools and should be part of every teacher and provider's training. But except in rare cases, they are not. Many professionals are afraid to be musical, afraid of their singing voices or of losing control of the group. For this reason, I cover classroom management in depth.
Why Do Music Every Day?
Making music is always a joyous experience for young children, which is reason enough to include it on a daily basis. Other benefits of providing appropriate musical activities everyday are:
A Music & Movement Curriculum for Early Childhood
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