If you know me even a little, you know that I believe really, really strongly in incorporating music into just about any kind of work with children.
If you’re working with young children in any capacity, and you’re not incorporating music, rhythm and song regularly, you’re depriving yourself of an unbelievable asset that could be making your job easier and a whole lot more fun.
Music, rhythm and song can help you create structure in your classroom, can support kids’ retention of information, and can help children focus. I’ve written a whole bunch about these magical effects in earlier posts, but probably the most important reason to incorporate music into your classroom, therapy space, or home? It brings joy.
Put on a great, rockin’ song, and see what happens. Just think of how your mood changes when you hear a song you love. How a strong kick drum or bass line helps you get your groove on. How deliciously sad a heartbreaking ballad can be. Music is POWER, and you can use it to your advantage.
This is what we work with in my Magic of Music trainings.
(The next one is at Bee You Yoga in Manasquan, NJ on March 18!)
And, if that weren’t enough, to quote the smart people at Bright Horizons: “Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness: intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together.” Enough said!