We all know that children love to sing and dance, but have you ever considered what it might be doing for them other than providing a source of enjoyment and fun?
It is evident that music and movement is a great source of exercise for children to stay fit and healthy, in a society where we are becoming less active, promoting exercise from a young age is vital to a healthy development. Music encourages movement, which is integral for a child’s physical development and strength, and promotes a long healthy relationship with exercise. Music and movement can be key in the development of gross and fine motor skills.
However this is only one of the benefits of participating in Music and Movement. Let us take a look at how else music and movement can enrich a child’s development:
Music is a language in itself, as Hans Christen Andersen once said “When words fail, music speaks”. In a multi lingual country like the UAE, music is a language that we can all understand. Music evokes varying emotions and feelings even from a young age. In a music and movement lesson a diverse range of styles and types of music are used to explore characters and ways of moving. There is no right or wrong in the way in which music conjures up ideas in our heads, letting children be creative in a non-restrictive environment promotes high self-esteem and encourages confidence in their thoughts and opinions.
As children grow and develop cognitively, and therefore emotionally, music can allow us to explore more difficult subjects through acting and storytelling, within a safe environment. It engages the higher forms of intelligence such as empathy; these are skills that can be used throughout life.