Music in Early Childhood


A young girl growing up. Childhood, learning, exploration, music.

Focus on Early Intervention

Children learn the most from ages 0-5 therefore it crucial to focus on child development. This is the time to introduce lots of opportunities to experience new things. Whether your child is typically developing or at risk for some learning disabilities or delays, music is a great way to introduce new things, get the brain connections happening and encourage development in a fun way! Would you like your child to be introduced to other languages – music is a great way for children to be introduced to another language! Does your child have a speech delay – encouraging speech through sining and using music to tap into the brain makes this even easier!

 

How Does Music Therapy Make a Difference with Young Children?

  • Music stimulates all of the senses and involves the child at many levels. This “multi- modal approach” facilitates many developmental skills.
  • Quality learning and maximum participation occur when children are permitted to experience the joy of play. The medium of music therapy allows this play to occur naturally and frequently.
  • Music is highly motivating, yet it can also have a calming and relaxing effect. Enjoyable music activities are designed to be success-oriented and make children feel better about themselves.
  • Music therapy can help a child manage pain and stressful situations.
  • Music can encourage socialization, self-expression, communication, and motordevelopment.
  • Because the brain processes music in both hemispheres, music can stimulate cognitivefunctioning and may be used for remediation of some speech/language skills.

(Taken from AMTA fact sheet)

Examples of Music Therapy & Education Sessions for Young Children

  • Individual music therapy sessions
  • Group music therapy sessions
  • Parent-Child music groups
  • Music Lessons
  • Adaptive Music Lessons (for children with special needs)
  • Music enrichment in schools and after-school programs

 

Music Therapy Sessions

Music therapy sessions target non-musical goals (social, emotional, physical, communication, academic, etc) and musical goals (learning basics of music ) by using music interventions such as instrument play, singing, listening to music, moving to music, and creative expression. Individual sessions are typically 30, 45, or 60 minutes once a week. Group music therapy sessions offer additional social interaction amongst peers.

Parent – Child Music Groups

Music groups for parent/caregiver and child, geared toward babies and toddlers up to age 3, focus on child development, bonding with parent, and introduces basics of music. A fun time of learning and growing through instrument play, singing, dancing, and participation in music games. Parents and children engage in music activities that promote bonding while addressing skills such as social, emotional, motor, language, communication, and expression.

Music Lessons

Research has shown that partaking in music lessons can help in cognitive development, academic achievement, self-esteem, and discipline. Lessons are tailored to meet the student’s needs and may implement non-traditional teaching methods to set the student up for success.

Multicultural: Learning about my world

Music is a great way to learn about different cultures. Through music of various cultures as well as songs created to teach about other cultures, music offers a fun and innovative way to learn about our world.

Music Enrichment

Through music enrichment classes students learn not only the basics of music but they receive the opportunity to practice academic and social skills in a fun and engaging way. Classes typically include singing, dancing, creative movement, instrument playing, and music games.

 

Please Note: Rhythms For Living no longer offers services in South Florida. This website is an online resource for parents, teachers, and therapists as a source of information, education, and resources of ideas, fact sheets, recommended resources, and eBooks. To find a music therapist in your area please refer to cbmt.org or musictherapy.org