Preschool Music and Movement Center
The music space is so important for children. There has been a lot of research done to support that listening to, and creating music helps wire children's brains for future learning. In the Music Space, children are perfecting their listening skills, developing gross motor, and fine motor skills, learning about other cultures, improving their balance, and rhythm.
Setting up this space
This well lit music area belongs to Reader Cheryl V. of Cherie's Learning Tree
You'll want to set up a space in your that is safe for Music and Music. It's best to place this area in a noisy" section (usually near the Dramatic Play area, or far away from the Quiet Space/Reading Area). The space should be big enough to allow the children to move around without bumping into each other.
This fabulous music space belongs to Reader Rita R.
Place your Music Space in an area with enough room for the children to move around. In addition to the suggested items below, you can also add movement items such as streamers or scarves.
Naomi G. of Play Matters Preschool included a variety of scarves near her music space
If you are short on space, consider a small basket of instruments, or dedicating a single shelf to musical items. You can also create your own music shakers that you can use in a variety of activities.
Reader Ruthie P.
Make music outside
Create an outdoor music space! Old pots and pans. and metal bowls can be attached to a vertical surface and children can use different types of spoons to create music.
Reader Laura H. of Sweet Pea Dayhome
Types of music to include
Children enjoy a large variety of Music. They enjoy music that has repetition, is lively and music that tells a story. You don't have to limit yourself to children's music. Be sure to expose children to a variety of music styles (Classical, Jazz, etc.), and music from around the world.
You can find great deals on CD's at yard sales and thrift stores. If you have an Amazon Prime Membership be sure to take advantage of the free Music offered to prime members, or check out your library to see if they all you to check out digital music. Check out youtube, or other online music services.
There are many popular children's artists that you can include in your music collection such as: Ella Jenkins, Raffi, Sharon Lois & Brahm, and Music with Nancy.
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