Unlocking Potential

unlocking potential

 

unlocking potential.  Over the past 20 years research has uncovered the AMAZING effects of music activities on the brain.  Active music making can boost your child’s development in all areas including cognitive, literacy and language, math and logic, social and emotional, physical, creative and, of course musical.  Below are some specific benefits research has tied to music activities.

Cognition

Actively participating in music promotes the physical development of the brain.  In addition, activities in Kindermusik classes introduce your child to new concepts and topics that help them gain a better understanding of themselves and the world around them. Kindermusik activities encourage problem solving, symbolic thinking, reasoning, and more—all in a musically engaging and developmentally appropriate way.

Research tells us that music activities:

  • expand neural pathways
  • form stronger and more complex communication networks in the brain
  • build listening and auditory processing skills
  • promote memory and recall
  • strengthen “executive function” that controls planning, organizing, and goal formation
  • boost memory and recall skills
  • develop the ability to focus and pay attention
  • teach cause and effect through instrument play

Language and Literacy

Results from a recent independent research study showed that preschoolers who participated in the Kindermusik curriculum for as little as 30 minutes each week showed a 32% greater gain in their phonological awareness than the control group.  Research has also shown that participating in music:

  • strenthens phonemic awareness which is vital to reading
  • strenthens phonological awareness which is vital to reading
  • builds vocabulary through songs about different topics
  • helps develop conversation skills and the ability to speak expressively through interaction with teacher and peers

Math and Logic

Researchers have established a connection between early childhood music experiences and the development of foundational mathematical skills and thought processes. Kindermusik activities such as those mentioned below offer children numerous opportunities to develop early math proficiency.  Even Einstein commented on the importance of music to the development of his mathematical discoveries.

  • music helps your child internalize early math concepts
  • music listening and active music making develops and strengthens the very same neural pathways used for complex spatial reasoning tasks
  • leaning songs, rhymes and rhythms helps build prediction and pattern-finding skills
  • dance and movement activities to music builds spatial awareness
  • using counting when playing instruments or doing a circle dance teaces one-to-one correspondence and counting

Social and Emotional

Kindermusik lessons are thoughtfully crafted to encourage executive function skills, like self-regulation, and to promote healthy social interactions.Healthy social-emotional development includes the ability to form satisfying and positive relationships with others, to exercise self-control, and to experience and navigate a full range of emotions. Studies have shown that healthy social-emotional development in young children correlates closely with cognitive development and academic success in school; and children who display strong self-regulation are better able to control their impulses, pay attention, and work flexibly toward goals.   Kindermusik will foster your child’s social and emotional development in the following ways:

  • new skills help build self-esteem
  • community-building rituals develop a sense of belonging
  • stop and go activities allow your child to practice inhibitory control
  • we include activities that name and explore the meaning of emotions
  • following directions and taking instruction helps your child learn to manage their impulses
  • activities with new friends encourages cooperation, turn-taking and sharing

Physical

In Kindermusik class, your child bounces, claps, spins, and hops. There’s no doubt that such physical activity is healthy. Exercise builds muscle strength, increases cardiovascular health, and can positively affect mood, self-esteem, and energy level. But getting young children in the habit of moving doesn’t just set them up with good habits for life—it also has these real-time developmental benefits:

  • builds core strength as your child dances in a circle and skips around the room
  • develops eye-hand coordination as we toss scarves in the air and catch them
  • stimulates the vestibular systems by rocking and swaying to relaxing music
  • responding to aural and visual cues with movement creates a multisensory learning experience bringing abstract concepts down to a clear, concrete, experiential level
  • builds fine- and gross-motor skills
  • develops balance and coordination
  • primes the brain for learning

Creative

In Kindermusik class your child is encouraged to be imaginative, uninhibited, and inventive–participating in activities designed to be an incubator for creative expression.  Nurturing creativity and challenging your little one to come up with new and expressive ways of doing things helps them to become better problem-solvers and more innovative thinkers later in life.

  • during instrument play, your child finds new and creative ways to make sounds
  • movement activities include dancing expressively to music of varying tempos and cultural styles
  • we move like butterflies, imitate bird calls, and even “bake cookies” as we engage in pretend play and exercise our imaginations
Musical
Maybe it goes without saying, but Kindermusik classes drive children’s musical development. Your child will:
  • develop vocal skills
  • learn to appreciate music of many cultures and styles
  • play all kinds of age-appropriate instruments
  • learn to recognize and decode musical symbols
  • be introduced to musical concepts and vocabulary as they play and move presto, largo, allegro, staccato, and legato to a variety of rhythms
  • build a strong foundation for formal music instruction later on

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What Parents Are Saying. . .

My granddaughter loves the active activities and being with other children. I love she is following directions and learning so many new things. Miss Deb is THEE best – there couldn’t possibly be a better teacher.

— J S Ferrell (Kindermusik Level 3 All-Ages Class)

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