Children have been supported in developing a sense of musicality over the past few weeks.
We build music into our daily routines: from singing as part of washing our hands, tidying up or doing the register, to exposing children to a range of different types of music at the snack table, lunch table and whilst they create in Sunflower Room. Children also regularly dance and are encouraged to move their bodies in response to music.
In the garden the team have worked together to create a music area for the children: a range of instruments were gathered, we tried to ensure we have pairs of most instruments. Children helped to organise, label and set up the storage shelf. They also set about making a music den where children could play and enjoy the instruments.
Once this was set up, children were introduced to the instruments, they learned their names and how to play them in a range of ways. Children were encouraged to listen to each other and take turns. Children quickly demonstrated they could listen and sustain attention as well as engage with each other and show great amounts of joy!
The next step was children developing musical conversations: sitting opposite each other and responding, creating short pieces and performing together.
The provision is now out for all children to enjoy without adult support.
Today I observed two children playing with a wooden castle and some horses. As their horses trotted around the castle one child say "Oh wait!" and they ran to the musical instruments and selected the wooden claves. They returned and played the CLIP CLOP sound of the horses' hooves! How wonderful to see children moving their own learning on and using the instruments meaningfully and joyfully!
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