Southbank Montessori Music Program
Why is music beneficial to children?
Music is a universal language and mankind’s oldest art firm. Even before a child learns to speak, they learn to communicate and connect with a song and sound. Children take to music naturally. Some suggest that babies are born with inherent musical capabilities because their responses to music are immediate and instinctive.
While every child can enjoy, learn and grow through music, there is increasing evidence to show that active participation in musical activities can actually alter the anatomy of the brain. Researches believe that early musical experiences intensify the development of neuronal synapses. By increasing the number of interconnections between brain cells, music enhances a child’s ability to think, learn, reason, and create.
Dr Gordon Shaw, a world-renowned pioneer in music and brain studies with over 25 years of research, describes “music as a window into higher brain function”.
Our Music Program
Berwick’s music program provides a comprehensive sensory experience, as we understand is it not just enough for the child to listen to music. Our program ensures they take part physically – to feel, make, hear and memorise sounds and patterns; to sing, clap, dance and remember movements.
Through a diverse range of fun activities and musical games students are introduced to the foundations of music including:
- PITCH High sounds and low sounds
- BEAT Developing the feel for the steady pulse that runs through all music
- TEMPO Fast/slow
- TIMBRE Sound texture, various types of sounds
- FORM The structure and patterns that exist within music
- RHYTHM The sequence and patterns that include sound and silence
- METRE Waltz, march, skipping
- DYNAMICS Soft or loud
Some tips to help parents at home:
- Sing along with your child whenever you can. In the car is a great place to start. If you can’t remember the words, make them up and personalize them for your family.
- Make music part of your family rituals. Sing your favourite lullaby at bedtime or special song for birthdays. Make up a “putting on shoes song” to a familiar tune.
- Children’s voices and bodies are their first musical instruments! Encourage them to discover all the sounds they can make using their bodies; clapping, tapping, beating their chest and more!
- Dance with your child. Pick them up and swish them through the air. Stand them on your feet and waltz with them.
- Play different kinds of music, to classical (soft and soothing) to jazz (lively and exciting). Encourage your child to respond to the music.
- Give your child a taste of music from other cultures! Celtic, Polynesian, African styles all have their own feel and are exciting for young children’s ears.