Benefits of Music :: from birth to kindie

the ear begins to function in utero about the 5th month of pregnancy, an expectant mother can expose her developing fetus to music before birth through singing and rocking.

The newborn needs a matrix of silence into which musical sounds are introduced (rhymes and ditties, repeated again and again) and stillness into which rhythmic movement is introduced (bouncing, pat-a-cake, rocking, clapping).

Beginning with: walking on the line
Progressing to other natural expressions of movement: running, skipping, and galloping, -associate certain rhythmic figures with bodily movements.
-use of echoes, both verbal and rhythmic (clapping, tapping knees, snapping) children acquire a vocabulary of simple rhythms.

Through singing of songs, nursery rhymes and fingerplays, children begin to acquire a sense of pitch.
Piano: opportunity to hear musical sounds in isolation: match, grade, and name them. Work with both the pentatonic and diatonic scale patterns gives exposure to different pitch relationships, which are the building blocks of melody.

instruments of the orchestra: various tone qualities, names of the instruments and their respective sounds.

Listen to pieces with different gradations of volume, a quiet lullaby, a strong march.

Form: through listening to selected music; there is a form to music, just as there is a form (syntax) to language.

Culture: relate music to history and geography.

12 Benefits of Music:
Why Music Education?:
Benefits to toddlers: