All the Ways that Music and Movement are Vital for Children

As one part of Prime Time’s Prime Connection enrichment program, our Prime Time on the Move is an integral competent which focuses on different forms within this area. We know that music is attractive to children and well suited for their development. Pictures of our Edgewater Prime Time Music and Movement enrichment activities illustrate why we introduce even our youngest students to musical instruments and types of music. In early childhood education we know that music is a language and young children are oriented toward learning language. The melodic and rhythmic patterns provide a special kind of exercise for the brain and help develop memory. Who among us first learned the ABC’s without the ABC song?

Prime Time On The MoveMusic is an aural art and young children are aural learners. Because an infant’s ears are fully mature before birth, they can begin learning from the sounds of their environment even before they are born. This makes music perfectly designed as good training for children’s listening skills. We know that listening skills are an important component of school achievement.

Music engages the brain while stimulating pathways associated with the long term goals of developing higher forms of intelligence including abstract thinking, empathy, and mathematics. But most of all, our music activities in Prime Time on the Move fills us with joy and the love of making music.

Music is a social activity which involves family and community participation.

Children love to sing, dance and make music together at home and at school. Music is a creative experience which involves expression of feelings. Children often do not have the words to express themselves and need positive ways to release their emotions. Developmentally appropriate music activities involve the whole child. Even before a child has language, music builds the desire to acquire it. Being able to create a musical sound lets the body move and allows a baby to lead in initiating communication.

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Music transmits culture and is an avenue by which beloved songs, rhymes, and dances can be passed down from one generation to another.

Music evokes movement, and children delight in and require movement for their development and growth.