Baby music and movement is a way to build a foundation in music and learning that babies both need and love. The best way to introduce your baby to music and movement is a music class for babies. At Music Rhapsody, our early childhood music classes incorporate fun, age appropriate music, dances, parenting tips, and fun activities for both the parent and child. All our classes are taught by an experienced early childhood music teacher.
Music classes for babies are one of the best ways for parents to learn how to be musical with their child. Our classes explore babies’ natural impulse to move, speak, sing and play rhythmically, because it’s a natural and vital part of being human!
What’s A Baby Music & Movement Class Like?
By exposing babies to rhymes, tickle games, songs and instruments, music classes reinforce core first-year developmental milestones. Music and movement classes for babies teach eye contact, object permanence, and bonding with parent or caregiver. Also, music classes are wonderful mommy and baby, daddy and baby, or caregiver and baby activities to do together and meet other mommies in the neighborhood. Many of our families grow up together and become lifelong musical friends.
Music Rhapsody’s music classes for babies teach basic music concepts like a sense of timing and pitch, coordination and mental concentration and memory. But, these are just a few of the areas developed in our early childhood music lessons.
Through music and movement, the repetition of music and activities, baby music classes help babies become aware of their environment. These visual and aural stimulations aid in language emergence and the ability of the eyes to focus. Floor activities and group dances done in mommy and baby music class help to naturally develop babies core strength and social skills and stimulates the vestibular system.
Try It Out!
Looking for a way to learn more about baby music and movement? Why not try out one of Music Rhapsody’s baby classes? It’s free to try out, and we’d love to sing hello!
Come celebrate Kids Music Day on October 3rd, 2020with us! Try a complimentary baby music class. Also, listen and move to music by our wonderful Orff & Recorder Ensemble! Many of our older ensemble students have been in the Music Rhapsody program since they were babies. They have developed an excellent musical foundation!
There are many ways for children to learn music. As a parent, it is hard to choose what program will be best for your child and how they learn. Here is why the Orff Schulwerk approach has proven to be effective for all different types of children after 36 years of music education.
The Orff philosophy was developed by German composer and music educator Carl Orff and associate Gunild Keetman. Overall, the Orff approach works because it can be used for children of all ages. It gives children the tools to comprehend music from a young age, and these skills can continue to be used as the child grows.
How Does Orff Schulwerk Benefit Children?
Just as children learn to hear and speak a language before reading and writing it, we approach music in the same way. The Orff approach gives children the opportunity to interact with and make music in multiple forms before formally learning to read and write it. Orff uses songs, poems, rhymes, dances, and games as a form of education. Instead of learning through memorization, Orff teaches musical skills through participating in music making. Music becomes a sensory experience where children utilize improvisation to foster creativity.
Additionally, children become confident and motivated through the Orff approach. Orff instruments are designed with removable bars, making the instrument simpler to use at first. This way, children can be successful at creating beautiful music from the start. Students play instruments such as xylophones and glockenspiels utilizing only pentatonic keys, ensuring the notes do not clash and everything is pleasing to the ear. Orff proves that everyone can make music.
This approach to music education increases the ability for self-expression, self-efficacy, and social skills. It also is an effective intervention and has positive effects in a therapeutic environment for individuals with varying disorders.
“Experience first, conceptualize second.” – Carl Orff
The Orff Approach, also known as Orff Schulwerk, is one of many approaches to music education for young children. Through this approach, learning music happens naturally and easily as children play and move. Music and movement are all related.
Music, movement, and speech are all skills to develop and enhance over time. Orff is child-centered and allows learning through doing, experiencing and improvisation. Students are encouraged to learn while making music through patterns and beats, creating new artistic movements in a space where they feel confident and in a way they feel engaged.
Great! So what does this look like?
Imagine you want to teach a child a complicated note sequence on a xylophone. Instead of immediately placing them in front of a xylophone and expecting them to learn through memorization, you might play a hand game that showcases the rhythm or expression of the notes.
You show them a pattern with their hands, right, left, left, right. It’s a game, so they’re having fun. Only when they’re comfortable, you place the children in front of the xylophone and say “Remember that game we just played? Use these mallets and make the same pattern.”
Allowing them to experience and play around within the note sequence to naturally teach them. The Orff Approach provides an innovative and creative solution to enhance skills associated with learning music for young children.
At Music Rhapsody, we believe integrating play with learning is the best way to teach children. That’s why Lynn Kleiner developed an approach to teach young children music by adapting Orff Shulwerk for this early age. Making music a joyful experience from babies through preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school lays a foundation for a musical life. So, play on.