Nurseries provide a valuable and often under-valued resource. Creating opportunities to develop children's cognitive abilities in the most optimal conditions, they are expected to ensure school readiness amongst a number of other skills, including gross motor and fine motor development, co-operative skills and confidence and independence. As music is not always recognised for its additional benefits, I have looked at how music can actually enhance the learning experience.
Training is available in each of the major areas identified below, but we recognise that more experienced settings may already have these skills.
Research shows that music training can support the goals that nurseries are working towards. As recognition of nurseries that have adopted the beneficial concepts of music in their practice, the Musicaliti Approved Certificate of Recognition is available to nurseries who can demonstrate that the following principles are used in each music session in each age group:
At each level of nursery provision, usually 0-2 years, 2-3 years and 3-4 years, gross motor movement should be used in teaching musical concepts.
SE OF GAMES AND PRETEND PLAY
Musical games can be played in settings, allowing children to explore roles and rules in a safe environment.
INGING AND VOCAL DEVELOPMENT
The voice is the one instrument that we are born with and this can be developed for singing at every age and stage.
DENTICAL INSTRUMENT SETS
While a wide variety of instruments are useful, there are many benefits to having identical sets that an entire age group may use.
IRCLE, LINE AND ARCH PATTERN SONGS
The physical experience of creating circles, lines and arches together helps children to understand and use these concepts at a deeper level, and can be used in all ages.
REAS OF DEVELOPMENTAL LINKS
Every part of musical sessions have numerous links including social, physical, academic, creative and emotional, and awareness of these links gives meaning to activities.
ESSON SEQUENCES PER AGE GROUP
Different age groups respond to activities best suited to their interests and developmental needs.
MPROVISING MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT
Improvising musical accompaniment does not rely on written music or training at all – it is the ability to make up music on the spot that suits the purpose of the activity.
EAMWORK BETWEEN CHILDREN, ADULTS AND FAMILY
Collaborating with children and parents for ideas and involvement ensures that music sessions are meaningful and continued at home.
Different courses are available through specialist music groups, local councils and music hubs, and a minimum of one member of staff should attend a music CPD event every year to bring new ideas to the setting.
If your nursery wants to be recognised for these skills, please click on the link below for the application form. Please contact us for a sample form with potential answers that may be used as guidance for your own answers. Please note that on sending your form, your details will be checked and your setting owner or manager will be contacted for payment (£150 due prior to certification). Certification is valid for 3 years, and requires annual written confirmation and CPD certification that musical concepts continue to be followed.