Babies respond to sound heard before birth
After birth, babies can recognise many sounds that they heard in the womb. Hearing develops from around 22 weeks gestation, so even before birth, children become aware of musical sounds like mum's heart beat and the surrounding fluid sounds. They can also hear the changes in pitches of familiar voices and sounds from before birth. Music is a basic part of our humanity, a feature that makes us different to other species, and also a skill that, like any other, if not developed, can be lost. Musicaliti's research-based program uses what we know about both child development and music education to help both you and your child to reach your true potential!
Keeping your child actively and regularly involved in music
helps their development in so many areas,including recognising beauty in life. & Music is the first language that we recognise at birth, and is also the perfect way to learn language. Remembering sounds and silences prepares us for managing and understanding time. Repeating phrases and music lines develops our understanding of patterns, while tapping the beat is our first introduction to the rhythm we need for walking, counting and dancing. Different sounds and textures of instruments introduces us to ideas in science, while making up their own songs introduces us to the creativity needed for inventions and technology. Old songs introduce ideas and events from history, and different types of songs and instruments teach us about geography and even biology. The teacher that excludes music from their curriculum limits the class potential – and these limitations have long-term, long-lasting effects.
The Musicaliti program
The Musicaliti curriculum has been written as a progressive programme for children from birth to approximately 7 years old. We combine the latest findings in child development theory as well as music education so that at any age, your little one/s can confidently join in with activities in which they will be successful. Musically, the progression ensures that they gradually develop the skills needed to start grade 1 instrumental lessons from the age of 7/8 years old, which comes with its own list of extensive benefits:
- By playing music regularly, singing, tapping, strumming, bowing, blowing … children improve their fine motor co-ordination, memory development and self-control, as well as feel-good hormones that relax and refresh!
- Research also shows that starting to play music BEFORE you turn 4 years old makes learning easier!
- Many successful people have had music training, from sports people, creative and even business people! There seems to be a relationship between KEEPING A BEAT and SUCCESS involving THINKING CREATIVELY!
Spending time in any activity is beneficial. When we move, we get fit. When we paint, we express ourselves. And when we play music, we practise AND perform! Music includes skills including maths and literacy, planning and relaxing, playing and working, sharing and giving. There are few other activities that are able to influence every area of our lives, that are better able to prepare you for a lifetime of success. What a gift to give your child!