Encouraging your child’s musical ability
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Chapter 10 is about encouraging your child’s musical ability. We will discuss it this week and then move on to Chapter 11, “Cognitive Development and Early Childhood Education.”
Rahima touches on a lot of ideas about young children and music. As we know, young children love to make sounds—with their voices or with the things around them. She also reminds us that music, math and spatial reasoning are related in brain activity and development. But I think that one of the most important things she discusses is the ortant things she discusse brain activity and development. that music an math are connectedimportance of singing to and with your child. In the Waldorf early childhood classes, the teachers sing a lot. We sing during circle time, of course, but we also sing while we work and sing during transitions from one activity to another. Sometimes, we feel as though our singing is not beautiful enough, that recorded music will be more pleasant to listen to. But nothing will please your child more than the sound of your voice, although many children, including my own, went through a phase where they told me to stop singing (L). Luckily that phase didn’t last long. I remember loving to listen to my mother sing when I was a little girl. She claims to be a very bad singer, but to me, the sound of her voice brought joy. I still remember some of the silly songs she sang to me when I was a little girl.
One of the sweetest sounds for me is a young child singing while he works or plays. The young child’s singing is high compared with most adults and often fast and arhythmical. A song doesn’t have to be complicated to satisfy a young child. Rahima gives an example of a song with only one note that she wrote.
Movement with songs—finger games or circle games—are wonderful for children. One thing I learned in my teacher training was that movement comes before speech. This is true in a child’s development and we try to begin our songs and rhymes with movement in our EC classrooms, as well.
Even if your child loves music, which most children do, there is no need to start formal lessons too soon. If you do choose to take classes, look for one where the teacher teaches through imitation and there is plenty of opportunity for play. This is how, as we have discussed, the young child learns best.
So go ahead and sing! Have fun with it and your child will, too!!