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Kinesthetic Learning

THE IMPORTANCE OF MUSIC AND MOVEMENT

by April Kaiser (CCC Teacher)

Children naturally love music! Whether it's soft and soothing or a lively tune, children feel it both physically and emotionally.

Throughout the early years, children are learning to do new things with their bodies. Young children are also learning that movement can communicate messages and represent actions. Young children are able to perform and recognize pantomimed actions such as ironing, stirring, swimming, or playing the piano.

Most children usually are quite at home with movement. They begin to learn about the world by acting out objects and people, and they think with their bodies well before they think with words. This is why body movement is not only fun for children but also a good opportunity for them to solve problems. When you ask questions that call for verbal responses some children may have difficulty responding in words. But when questions call for movement children aren't limited by their verbal abilities. Movement problems challenge children in different ways and help teachers/parents learn about the problem solving and creative abilities of less verbal children.

Singing or chanting can help make routine activities and transitions, such as gathering children into a circle or group activity, smoother and more enjoyable. And music helps to set a mood. Quiet, soothing music calms and relaxes children, while a lively marching tune rouses them for energetic clean-up time. Music and movement are also social activities that help children feel part of the group.

As children grow in their appreciation of the beauty of music and dance, they acquire a gift that will bring them great pleasure. Music brings another dimension of beauty into our lives. Music and movement benefit a child's development in many ways.

  • 1. Participating in a group

  • 2. Social skills

  • 3. Express emotions

  • 4. Enhance self-concept by sharing music and dance of each other's culture

  • 5. Refine listening skills-noticing changes in tempo or pitch

  • 6. Awareness of movement and body positions

  • 7. Creativity and imagination

  • 8. Learn new words and concepts

  • 9. Explore cause and effect

  • 10. Develop large motor skills

  • 11. Improve balance, coordination, and rhythm through dance and movement activities

  • 12. Improve small motor skills-learning finger plays and playing musical instruments

Sources: The Creative Curriculum for Preschool Children by Diane Trister Dodge and Laura J. Colker