Early childhood music classes have become incredibly popular with parents who want their children to have as many advantages as possible in life. It used to be that only star-struck parents determined to make their children famous went through the expense and hassle of dance or music classes, but things are different today. The music and movement programs now developed for small children are not designed to train stars of the future. They are much more than that.
Parents who sign their children up for children music classes today are typically interested in gaining the following benefits for their growing children:
- Language Skills
- Communication Skills
- Self Confidence
- Fine Motor Skills
- Gross Motor Skills
- Hand-Eye Coordination
- Love of Music
- Freedom of Movement
Through the exploration of music and movement, all children can learn to express their emotions and communicate efficiently with others. Even children with some developmental delays or special needs are often able to improve at least a little through these classes. This comes through learning to work a variety of instruments with their hands, play along with other children in the class, and explore the use of their own voices.
Early childhood music classes require children to work their fine motor skills and develop hand-eye coordination in order to work different types of instruments. They learn to move their hands to strum a guitar and bang their hands to play the drums. Yet, music and movement classes also encourage children to move around on a larger scale. They learn to dance and jump around when music makes them happy and excited.
Even small babies can get some benefits from music. They respond to the different sounds presented in their early childhood music class, and are able to explore instruments through sight and touch. As they grow older, the music and movement classes will allow them to master different instruments and explore the use of their own bodies while making and enjoying music.
It is at these older ages when children start to feel more confident in their musical abilities. Growing toddlers realize that they can manipulate different instruments to make different tunes. Some will develop a deeper interest in music, while others will benefit while they are small and then move beyond music to other interests. Whether music lessons are extended beyond early childhood or not, the children will benefit from these classes for many years to come.
Most parents start music and movement classes when their babies are very small. It starts with mommy-and-me type classes where the parents are active participants with their children. Eventually, children are able to explore the classes on their own, and at that point they start to gain some independence and their confidence in their own skills starts to develop.
Early childhood education classes explored with the parents form the foundation of music and movement knowledge, which will grow as children explore more advanced music lessons at older ages on their own.
Ms. Helene Goldnadel is a life coach, a singing teacher and a recording artist with EMI France, Helene and her staff have proudly allowed for children to become so good at their craft that the kids who sing, dance and act, or two out of the three, often perform as series regular actors on major shows on television.
The children enjoy the ability to sing previously rehearsed material, and they also gain improvisation skills in actually both singing and acting.