The music center is a creative place for children to experience with sounds and words. They sing familiar songs, make up their own, dance and learn to make new sounds. A wide variety of musical instruments are available for children to explore. These instruments allow them to learn about beats and rhythm. Bells are a great way for children to learn to follow directions, patterning and pre-reading skills.
Our music centers don’t just have musical instruments! We provide books with songs as well as scarves and ribbons to dance with. Sometimes we have microphones to sing into. Older groups have access to CDs and CD Player to choose different types of music to listen to.
All classrooms play a wide variety of music throughout the day. While all children have their favorites, we want them to experience all genres of music. Children listen to classical, country, rock, techno, sounds from other countries and so much more!
The different style children are able to hear allows them to understand that there is more to music than just the styles were listen to in our own home, school, and even country. Hearing the sounds of another country is like a field trip within the classroom!
The video above shows what a child can do! He had just started learning the bells and following the book the day before. He was incredibly proud of himself. This is just one example of how a child can learn through play!
At home you can create your own musical instruments. The kitchen is a great place to start. Utensils and pits can make some fun sounds! What other items at home could you use to create music?