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The Purpose of a Music Group

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A MUSIC GROUP?

  • Music groups help to foster a love of music and music interaction
  • Music groups help to lay the foundation of music for life
  • Music groups help the development of social skills
  • Music groups promote music interaction, caring and sharing
  • Music helps children to listen.
  • Music helps develop concentration.
  • Music is a language of the emotions
  • Music helps children to follow simple step by step sung instructions
  • Music helps children to understand the beginning, middle and end of a music activity.
  • Music promotes body awareness
  • Music supports language acquisition and development
  • Music supports physical development
  • Musical can arouse and calm. It regulates stressed systems
  • Musical Play can contribute hugely to the development of healthy brains

WHY IS MUSIC SO POWERFUL?

Because it impacts:               

  • Attention
  • Emotion
  • Cognition
  • Behaviour
  • Communication

Because it is the warp and weft of

  • Well-being
  • Belonging
  • Contribution
  • Exploration
  • Communication

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF PARENTS IN A MUSIC GROUP?

  • Model good listening
  • Support your child musically at all times by listening, singing, interacting and modelling loving musical play
  • Ensure that your child is not distracting other children
  • Be consistent in helping your child to follow sung instructions such as putting instruments away, following the music plan
  • Help your child to interact positively with you and others
  • Demonstrate your own enjoyment of musical play by joining in the actions of songs, dancing or interacting with your child in musical games.

AT HOME PLAY MUSIC GAMES THAT HELP YOUR CHILD  

  • Develop a love of musical exploration and play inside and outside
  • Enjoy music interactions and playtime with you
  • Enjoy quiet times
  • Listen and enjoy playful daily routines through simple step by step songs for bath-time, bedtime etc.
  • Join in music games with you in front of the mirror
  • become more attentive and motivated to imitate and learn word sounds when language is broken down into slow rhythmically patterned syllables?
  • spoken, clapped,
  • sung, clapped
  • sung, supported with hand gestures
  • Listen and copy slow, ba,ba, babba ba pattern
  • Listen and copy more effectively in front of mirror?
  • Provide a babbling or sung response?
  • Maintain a steady pulse when beating a drum, or clapping, patting, stamping,
  • Listen and copy slow, ba,ba, babba ba pattern
  • Vocalise sounds maintaining a steady pulse
  • Walk in time to a steady walking beat
  • speak more clearly when accompanied by steady beat (up to three word utterances)
  • Sing, softly, rock and cuddle your child to calm and settle when highly aroused or at bedtime.