Singing and music play are part of our everyday experiences. From birth, parents will instinctively sing songs or play music to help calm and soothe their baby. Children love music! Parents and teachers can build on these natural instincts by understanding how music impacts child development and improves social skills.
Infants can recognize the melody of a song before they understand the words. They will often move to the music and even try to sing along. Soft, soothing background music can be helpful with infants, especially as part of the bedtime routine.
Older children enjoy singing just to be singing. They are not self-conscious about their ability to sing and love to let their voices roar. They like songs that repeat words and melodies, use rhythms with a definite beat, and that ask them to do things.
Music can be used to enrich any subject or content matter. Musical experiences in childhood help to accelerate language acquisition and reading skills.
Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer M is for Music by Kathleen Krull Violet’s Music by Angela Johnson Music is in the Air by Ann Morris Do Your Ears Hang Low? A Love Story by Caroline Jayne Church The Ants Go Marching by Jeffery Scherer Pigs Rock! by Melanie Davis Jones
Additional PBS LearningMedia:
Fred: Musical Instruments In this video segment from Between the Lions, Fred follows floating instruments and acts out playing them as he makes the sound for each one. He forms a marching “band” by himself. The names of the instruments are stated at the end of the clip and are: drum, tuba, trumpet, and flute. This video segment provides a resource for Vocabulary, Language and Vocabulary Development, Phonics, and Fluency.
Musical Instruments | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Four young children learn about music and instruments in this live-action Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood video clip. Kids will learn how drums, trumpets, violins, and guitars sound. Adults demonstrate how to play the instruments first and then the children give each one a try.