Updated: Mar 30
Music is the key to possibility -
Music impacts our lives in more ways than we can count. Children who participate in musically rich experiences such as singing, listening, and moving tend to have an easier transition into a more formal learning setting as opposed to children who have limited musical exposure. According to Anita Collins, a researcher on music education, both aesthetic and scientific research suggests that music education can help students succeed in tomorrow’s world, and the broader implications of these findings could support music as a core subject within school programming.
In the curriculum construction of Jemima’s Playhouse, Mr. Tyrone and I were tremendously excited to create children's music and share it with our students. We both were aware of the benefits of musical exposure to young children but were unsure if children in this age group could sing for example 'Mis. Colores' and understand it simultaneously. Our questions were answered when we witnessed toddlers, some as young as 12 months, not only dancing but walking around the room and pointing to the corresponding colors in the classroom that are discussed in the lyrics.
According to Susan Young, an academic on early childhood music education, music education has expanded outwards into sociocultural worlds. It has increased our knowledge and understanding of the interactions between social, cultural, and material environments and the children inhabiting them.
The brain's exposure and interpretation of music and languages can contribute to the development of children in a positive and overreaching way. Dr. Kyle Pruett, clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine and a practicing musician said, “Language competence is at the root of social competence. Musical experience strengthens the capacity to be verbally competent.”
At Jemima’s Playhouse, our focus is on advocating for students to “Meet Their Imaginations”. Allowing their imagination to go wild can open the door to possibilities they never could have imagined. There is still a tremendous amount of research being conducted to assess the benefits of music education, but we can see the students gaining a better understanding of themselves and developing confidence amongst their peers. If you’re looking to learn more about music and early learning, subscribe to our blog post, or join one of our musical storytime experiences.