Children aged 0–2 learn most from mimicry and encouragement, so the early music environment must be stimulating and supportive. Parents are very active and involved in these sessions.
Children will be encouraged to develop their singing voices (and speaking voices!) through a range of fun and non-threatening singing activities including:
- songs based on daily activities
- songs to introduce new vocabulary
- action-based songs
- interactive (call and response) singing with parents
Parents will learn how to use these skills at home for maximum benefit.
Children will be introduced to musical concepts such as loud/soft, high/low, fast/slow and these will be reinforced in class activities. The concepts of rhythm and beat will be demonstrated using body percussion as well as a range of percussion instruments such as maracas, castanets and drums. Tuned percussion (glockenspiels and xylophones) will be introduced in group singing sessions.
Movement is a very important and exciting aspect of music education for young children. They love moving to music or participating in action songs and it is very important for the successful development of their fine and gross motor skills that they are encouraged to do so.
Since most very young children primarily model their behaviour on that of their parent, we ask you to take an active role and encourage your child to sing and participate by modelling singing, participating behaviour. Please be aware that some small children will choose to observe rather then to participate in activities; this is perfectly normal behaviour. These children are participating passively by observing and usually sing at home or when with you alone. Every learning experience is different!