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 Cheryl V. of Cherie's Learning Tree
You'll want to set up a space in your home 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 FB Community member 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 musical items. You can also create your own music shakers that you can use in a variety of activities.
If you don't enough room inside-consider creating 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.
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 (not a member? try it FREE for 30 days). You can even create playlists. 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.
Listen to music during different parts of the day
You can have music playing when the children arrive, quiet music at nap time or unwind, up beat music for movement, and even bring a radio or music outside during outside play.
Using music to teach
Children can learn a variety concepts through music! They can learn letters (and the sounds they make), Colors, and the world around them. They can even learn about rest and relaxation through music!
Make it a point to notice everyday sounds and music with the children. There is music all around us from the high tech jingle of your washing machine, to the birds singing outside.
Use music to teach concepts such as slow & fast, and quiet & loud.
Items to add to your space:
Create a place to perform
This fabulous performance & music space belongs to FB Community member Diane O.
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