We all know of the importance of preschool when it comes to ABC’s and 123’s, but what about the Do Re Mi’s? Let’s consider how music benefits children, as well as how can you enhance that learning with music activities at home.
Albert Einstein said, “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”
Really, is there anything music doesn’t teach? Music has the ability to reach every part of us, developing our whole selves. It moves us and gets us moving. It brings us together and creates meaning.
Music Benefits for Preschool Learning
Here is a list of some of the ways we use music at UDA Creative Arts Preschool to benefit your child’s learning.
- Math Skills are developed as children learn patterns, sequencing, beat, rhythm, and dynamics.
- Memory is enhanced as children learn lyrics and repeated patterns, as well as curriculum.
- Language develops as children recognize sounds, syllables, vocabulary, story sequencing, and sentence structure.
- Science Skills are developed as children discover cause and effect with instruments and body movements. UDA Creative Arts Preschool also uses music to teach science curriculum in the exploration of the world around them.
- Motor Skills are used as children use instruments and create movement. Children love the opportunity to move their bodies in various ways to the music and to internalize tempo and dynamics. Also, small motor skills develop as children learn how to clap and shake and tap instruments.
- Brain Development occurs as children use both their right and left brain hemispheres simultaneously. They practice using their eyes, ears, and bodies at the same time.
- Emotional Development occurs as children learn to recognize feelings created by different styles of music. Like Einstein said, it inspires children to dream and create.
- Social Skills are developed as children interact with one another and the teacher during songs, and as they learn to take turns with the instruments.
- Self-Discipline is practiced as children learn to pause before playing, to leave their instruments in their laps, and to share.
- Listening Skills are developed as children listen to learn lyrics and rhythms and focus on sounds in order to recreate them.
- Happiness and joy are felt as the children giggle and wiggle, laugh and smile.
Music Activities For Preschoolers You Can Do At Home
While we are implementing this wonderful teaching tool with our music activities at UDA Creative Arts Preschool, we don’t want you to miss out on the fun! Consider these music activities you can do with your preschooler at home:
1- Expose Your Preschooler to a Variety of Music. Children songs are so fun, and we all have our favorite radio stations, but add some variety to give your child exposure to different rhythms and timbres. The Salt Lake County Library System has a collection of music you can download for free with Freegal.
2- Name that Instrument! Play a game when you listen to music and have your child identify the instruments they hear. Drums and guitar are pretty easy to find on the radio. Go to a classical station to add more instrument families. You may even challenge yourself!
3- Make use of Downtime! We all have those moments when an app is just the thing to entertain our rambunctious munchkin while we…fill in the blank. Why not make it a learning opportunity? Common Sense Media provides a list of music learning apps for preschoolers, along with ratings and summaries so you can chose what works best for your little learner.
4- Sing! Sing in the shower! Sing in the rain! You don’t have to be a professional for your child to love your voice. Sing a phrase and have them come up with a rhyming word for the next line. Composing your own songs while you flip pancakes, brush hair, or tie shoes will encourage your child’s creativity, develop language skills, and most importantly, convey your love!
Ask your preschooler what songs they are learning at school and some of our budding musicians may give you a concert. If you can’t wait for our next program for a performance, come visit us at UDA Creative Arts Preschool and see for yourself how music benefits our little learners.
Written by: Elsje Denison