Singing, playing music and dancing fulfil an existential function:
No other discipline strengthens Pestalozzi’s head – heart – hand triad as comprehensively and consistently as music and early music education. With thought, feeling and action all happening simultaneously, concentration develops through play.
Although music stimulates both halves of the brain, the right half plays a greater role:
Linguistic development relies on the ability to hear correctly and imitate what has been heard. Children who have trained their listening skills also have increased powers of concentration.
Babies perceive language as a dynamic mix of sounds and tones. Our baby singing groups offer children the opportunity to perceive a range of sounds, thereby training their ears and helping their linguistic development.
The rhymes we perform in our parent-and-children singing groups promote linguistic and rhythmic skills through play.
Cross-lateral movements in children’s dances reinforce the connection between the two halves of the brain. Interaction between the right and the left half of the brain is a crucial preparation for future thought processes, e.g. reading and calculation. This is why belly crawling and crawling play such a crucial role in the development of young children.
The skin is the largest organ of the human body and many kinds of neural pathways lead to it. Touching games stimulate the nervous system and promote its development. Research studies have shown that there is a strong link between children’s physical and mental developments.
Physical experience and understanding of space, high-low, left-right, forward-backward and rotation (gross motor skills), are essential skills when learning to write (fine motor skills).
Movement and the playing of musical instruments (supported by play materials such as balls, hula hoops, etc.) helps children develop dexterity and body coordination (e.g. eye-hand coordination). At the end of the lesson (“Muki Turnen Teil”), children are given time to stretch their muscles playing ball games or spending time on the training circuit.
In our singing lessons, we always ask the children to experiment with their own form of expression and encourage them to use their imagination.
In our early music education courses, the repetition of rhymes and songs is used to train the memory.
Children acquire rhythm via language. While they are making music, they count and calculate without being aware of it.
A self-centred attitude is becoming increasingly common in today’s world. Large families are now a rare phenomenon. Taking part in music lessons, listening to each other and joining in round dances teaches children how to be part of a group and allows them to experience the exhilarating feeling of togetherness.
Singing and playing music together at our children’s and baby music lessons strengthens the bond between parents and their young ones.
While dancing, we externalise our inner emotions, expressing ourselves through our body. Children who know how to express themselves are able to communicate (and hence develop a confident aura). Dancing helps children develop self-confidence and teaches them how to deal with performance situations. Through learning to dance at an early age, children may suffer less from inhibitions or fear.
Children release emotions through playing music. This experience may reduce tension and promotes emotional stability. The ritual repetition of songs and rhymes (e.g. good-night songs) boosts emotional security in young children.