Plato once said that music
“is a more potent instrument than any other for education.”
I cannot agree more! Studies* have demonstrated the value of using music to stimulate the brain and retain information. Think about how music has impacted in your life somewhere along the line. There will be a song that takes you back to a ‘situation’, a ‘place’, a ‘time’ of inpact or association in your life.
We have all used music in some way or other to sooth our soul, take us back in time, re-enact a memory. In this way, I believe, we can also use the power of music to teach our kids. Associate fun, educational and interactive songs with learning outcomes. The association engages your kids. They WANT to learn AND the practicalities are simple for teachers.
The only problem I see is that so many teachers (& parents) are inhibited by their ‘musicality’. They say ‘I don’t play an instrument’, ‘I can’t sing’ and ‘I’m not musical’. Well, I believe I have taken all those excuses away from them by writing a program which is specifically connected to Early Childhood outcomes (EYLF in Australia), and a ‘Learning English Through Music’ (International) interactive music program for early childhood 0-5 yr olds.
Parents too can get involved with using this music to connect and interact with their kids and become involved with the process of their development and understanding.
Come on board. Help me help educate the educators!!
* Bibliography: *Dr Arthur Harvey ‘The Power of Music as Therapy Musicogenic Eutherapeia’.
Listen to a sound clip of Prue Whoo's It Doesn't Matter If You're Little song in the audio player, below.
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Listen to a sound clip of Prue Whoo's It Doesn't Matter If You're Little Song, in the audio player, below.Play Audio: