‘Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness, including intellectual, social-emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words.’ -Taken from Children and Music: Benefits of Music in Child Development https://www.brighthorizons.com/family-resources/music-and-children-rhythm-meets-child-development
We have been listening to different kinds of music in school over lunchtime, styles including Classical, Salsa, Reggae, Christmas Carols and Jazz. Lots of questions are generated by this which we discuss with the children whilst they are eating their dinners.
In the school environment as part of our continuous provision we have musical instruments available for the children to play with, making sounds, rhythms, beats and a whole ranger of noises. The learning taking place here can be physical, imaginative, inclusive and lots of fun. It also gives us a glimpse of the music styles the children are surrounded by at home and the knowledge they already have about this subject. IT HELPS US GET TO KNOW OUR CHILDREN.