Music and Movement
Music is important to child development including intellectual, social-emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression.
Children of all ages express themselves through music. Even young infants sway, bounce, or move their hands in response to music. Many preschoolers make up songs and, with no self-consciousness, sing to themselves as they play. In Music and Movement class, they develop and strengthen their social and emotional skills, as well as their actual musical development and appreciation. They develop math skills from patterns and beats. Music has the ability to create community and a sense of belonging. All music played in music and movement is live music. Live music is known for creating delight and excitement in those experiencing it, lifting our mood and protecting us from sadness and even illness. Cooking familiar foods, celebrating holidays, and performing beloved music and dances are ways for children to discover the possibilities of laughing and joking, and to experience positive emotions like delight, joy, and affection.