Developmental Benefits of Music Box programmeYour child will benefit by helping them develop the following through carefully constructed curricula
Music appreciation and readiness for formal music training
Exposing children to different types of music helps them understand and learn to appreciate them.
As adults we have already chosen which music we prefer to listen to and more often than not our children only hear that type of music as well. In Music Box they will hear all different types of music. Becoming aware of the variety of music helps develop curiosity for the how, what and why of music.
In Music Box we work with different types of music and percussion instruments. Playing and learning the different techniques of percussion instruments helps towards enabling your child to continue on the path to formal music training.
- Identification of different types of music;
- Appreciation of different types of music;
- The readiness to play a formal instrument; and
- The knowledge to choose an instrument they enjoy.
Rock, classical, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, country. These are just some examples of different genres of music. We all have our favourites and with exposure our children will find theirs. Appreciation through variation!
Creativity and imagination
When children can imagine, they learn to see solutions to life’s little challenges.
With the advancements in technology it is easier for our children to just “switch off” their creativity and rely on what they see for their entertainment and how to deal with obstacles they may encounter. At Music Box we stimulate with props, stories and music to activate their own imaginations while encouraging them to get involved with the stories to spur on creativity.
As an adult we are sometimes too busy to hear about the wonderful worlds our children can create as we are often swept up into the rushed pace of the day but in the Music Box class children are heard, encouraged to share their ideas and hear what worlds other children create.
A creative mind is a happy mind!
- Helps see obstacles from different angles;
- Increase idea potential for games, writing and storytelling;
- Understanding individual as well as group thought processes; and
- Sense of safety and love when their ideas are heard.
Fine and gross motor skills
Fine motor refers to the smaller muscles in the body (fingers, hands, toes and feet)
and gross motor refers to the larger muscles in the body (arms, legs, tummy, back and neck).
Learning to manipulate and play percussion instruments such as the castanets, egg shakers and rhythm sticks promotes the smaller muscle groups growth and development. Jumping, crouching and stretching exercises build the larger muscle groups enabling children to strengthen their posture and stamina while exercising.
Music Box is not only good for the heart, mind and soul but the body too. Our older children will be developing the correct muscles they will need for writing and sitting at a desk without their bodies tiring. As babies and younger children, they will be doing the correct movements for the appropriate stages of their development, helping them manipulate their muscles in the ways they need to.
Popeye ate spinach, Music Box is the new spinach!
- Enhanced flexibility;
- Core muscle strength;
- Writing muscles in the fingers; and
- Creates muscle stamina to prevent bodies from tiring easily
Hearing and listening to music are two very different aspects. In Music Box we deal with both.
In classes we will hear and understand the emotional aspects of music and listen to the rhythm. Some of us can naturally hear the beat (rhythm) in music but don’t realise it until we see or hear someone who cannot. The ability to listen to and interpret rhythm can be taught. We expose the children to fast and slow rhythms and teach them to listen and play along.
When we can truly listen to music, it becomes a very powerful influence in our lives. Understanding how a song is “built” increases our appreciation and understanding rhythms is an important part of the process of music. We learn more quickly when we are taught with rhythm as a basis. Reading, spelling, counting and nursery rhymes are all rhythm based.
Feel the rhythm, hear the rhyme, come on now its music time!
- Assists with counting, spelling and reading;
- Dancing abilities;
- Improves listening and concentration; and
- Enjoyment of different types of music.
Confidence and self-esteem
Each child has their own personality and unique qualities, and in class they are nurtured with those qualities in mind.
A child might be quiet, but that does not necessarily mean they are not confident. In the same way, they may be completely extroverted but their self-esteem levels may be low. In Music Box class we provide and create a loving, tender and safe environment that allows a child to find a balance of their emotions and be who they are naturally. Seeing a grown up engaging in silly, creative play whether being an elephant or making funny sounds, they feel at ease and their confidence increases.
Being aware of who you are and how you feel can be quite daunting when you are young. By providing the children in Music Box the opportunity to explore their feelings and sense of self with a variety of activities and music, they will be building a strong foundation for what kind of people they want to be.
Music builds confidence and self esteem.
- A positive outlook on life;
- A sense of self – This is who I am and I love me!
- Appreciation that we are all different; and
- Respect and understanding of our own and others feelings.