Musical experiences should be integrated with other learning experiences to enhance learning

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Learning

Children’s learning across all the domains is enhanced when educators take a holistic approach to learning and recognise the connectedness of mind, body and spirit (EYLF p 13). Musical experiences should be integrated with other learning experiences to enhance learning, for example, playing different styles of music during art/craft activities, singing songs and rhymes to accompany stories and books, using dance, movement, rhyme and songs to explore maths and science concepts and promote literacy. Music can also be usedduring routines as it encourages children to follow rules and co-operate while improving long-term memory.

Music helps children develop dispositions for learning. Many musical activities encourage children to experiment, hypothesise, and investigate. When children play with musical instruments, for example, they explore cause and effect.

Tips

  • encourage children to engage spontaneously with music by providing lots of musical resources, including everyday objects and loose parts which children can use to create musical ‘instruments’, in the environment. You could create a music centre at your service with these resources
  • select music styles which suit the outcomes you are trying to achieve eg upbeat marching music to accompany packing away or a signature piece of music that introduces an activity or lets children know it’s nearly time to transition to a new activity or routine.

 

  1. Literacy

The EYLF says “Literacy and numeracy capabilities are important aspects of communication and are vital for successful learning across the curriculum. Literacy incorporates a range of modes of communication including music, movement, dance, storytelling, visual arts, media and drama, as well as talking, listening, viewing, reading and writing.

Language is a system of symbols and patterns, and early literacy activities which involve music, movement, dance, storytelling, visual arts, drama and talkinghelp children understand these symbols and patterns. Participating in musical activities improves a child’s literacy skills as they learn to pick up the beats and rhythms of the music and language patterns.

Research studies have shown that musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills. Music helps children learn language in a multi-sensory, playful context.

Tips

  • explore different types of music and songs including those from different cultures
  • try songs and rhymes along with actions eg “The Hokey-Pokey”. Toddlers in particular like to hear the same songs over and over. This helps them learn and memorise words
  • teach children to sing with music as well as without. Music teaches children to keep up with a recognised rhythm and beat while singing on their own teaches children to make their own
  • explore songs with a changing melody. Teach melody by explaining it’s the tune of the song. It can be fast, slow or medium
  • clap the rhythm with children. Explain that rhythm is the pattern of the music
  • explore changes in beat, tone, rhythm, and volume
  • make up new words for familiar songs and rhymes
  • encourage free dance activities to music along with taught routines
  • prepare songs and dances for an open day concert attended by families and community members
  • make musical instruments out of loose parts and recycled materials, and use these to create rhythms and melodies

Extending on from last week’s interest in guitars (11.05.16). Tamara mentioned this interest to Archie’s Dad and found out that Archie actually has a guitar at home!! So today Archie, Charlie and Mason all made guitars out of blocks and rubber bands again. “Quick Tamara, come watch us!” Charlie began, “we’re going to put on a show just for you!” Charlie led Tamara to a chair and asked her to sit and watch them on the ‘stage’ (which is normally used as the skate park). The boys began strumming their guitars, humming along to the exact same tune with each other. Charlie even had a long round block to use as a microphone whilst they danced around the stage with big smiles on their faces. “We’re done!” Mason called as they stopped singing. Tamara began to clap, and then asked the boys if their new band had a name. “We’re the Bucking Bull Band!” Archie called.


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