Music can be a tool to let you into a child’s world on their level. It is easy to interact and engage with a child through the medium of music, be it song or just a simple rhythmic interchange.
Music is a non-verbal form of communication; it enables us to feel things that are hard to put into words.
It can be a gateway to somewhere else or to a different type of experience. Music engages the emotions,
often it is described as the language of the emotions. Music encourages empathy, allowing deep and
complex emotions to be explored and experienced in a way that words and language struggle to convey.
Music enhances our lives. Could we imagine a world without music? It underpins what it means to be human. We use it to mark key moments of our lives, and our memories are often tied to musical moments, songs, and musical experiences. Music is so much a part of every culture’s identity that it would be depriving children to deny them access to it. We have an obligation to fight to keep it alive and valued.
‘Research shows how music plays a key role in the early years in supporting young children’s early development, particularly in communicating and in emotional understanding and early patterns of adult-infant attachment. Where sensitive adults respond to babies’ babble and gestures by reciprocating, and extending by building on young children’s innate musicality, playful interactions through songs, rhymes and movement have been seen to be fundamental to language development and healthy well being. It is important therefore, to see music threading through these key areas and not being confined to a single area of creative development as suggested by the current EYFS.’
MERYC (Music Educators & Researchers of Young Children) response to the 2011 Tickell review of the EYFS
Musical sessions also encourage bonding with peers, teachers
and parents and can help develop social skills.