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Making music – Child

Making music is an important way for children to self regulate and to communicate ideas and emotions.

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Providing children with opportunities to create their own music and engaging in free play time to experiment with and master sound-making is beneficial for their development. Participating in musical activities fosters creativity, imagination, and a sense of awe.

Children take pleasure in making music on their own and with others, including parents or caregivers. During these interactions, keep the momentum going by offering feedback and posing occasional questions. You can also model or provide commentary on music that reflects emotions or ideas, such as “That sounds big and loud, like a ferocious bear approaching,” “Oh, that music sounds like fairies dancing,” “That music sounds cheerful,” or “That music sounds melancholic and slow.”

Development

Using musical instruments helps develop eye-hand coordination and motor planning skills.

Songs and music can help teach concepts and contrasts e.g. fast/slow, stop/go, up/down, in/out, loud/soft, high/low, left/right.

Other activities

Creating musical instruments from household items and recycled materials develops creativity, problem solving and can stimulate imagination. The process of them creating is more important than what the finished product looks like.

Try creating a “sound garden” outside by hanging different wooden, metal or plastic items from a tree or fence and having objects to use for strikers. For example, wooden or metal spoons, cardboard tubes, and lengths of doweling provide endless opportunities for children to explore and experiment with sounds made by different materials.

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