It is important when teaching music for preschoolers to create a fully interactive experience. This form of preschool education can help to stimulate their minds and help them to improve their motor skills. Music education can help improve things like mathematical understanding in students as they gain a passion for learning. This educational approach also allows children to remember simple words and gain an understanding of what they mean.
Sing-Along Songs as Musical Education
An example is the song, “If You’re Happy”. Most professionals dealing with preschool education have dealt with this song on more than one occasion. A sample lyric is “If you’re happy and you know it… clap your hands.” At this point, the students would clap their hands a few times. Then this phrase can be sun again, followed by clapping. The next time you can touch your head, snap your fingers or jump up and down. This gives the child a good workout and keeps them mentally stimulated.
Word and sound association is a great teaching tool that can become an important element in music for preschoolers and it can be easily incorporated. An example is Ole McDonald. In the song, children select an animal and then mention the sound being made. If Ole McDonald has a chicken on the farm, children would add a “with a cluck, cluck here and a cluck, cluck there.” As they reference the traditional sound associated with these animals, you can cycle through as many of the different animals as you’d like each time you sing. It can be as simple as starting with one animal on Monday and then Tuesday, adding a second animal and expanding on the song each day to help children boost their memory skills.
You can transform simple preschool education items into an enhanced musical experience with a repetitive tune children in the classroom will remember. With the right pattern, you can teach them about there being 7 days to a week and including something to help them remember. For example, Sunday sounds like a mighty fun day full of ice cream and Wednesday may just blow on by like the wind.Friday can even be a day full of eating delicious fries.
Music for preschoolers is something a successful teacher should focus on. Find new ways to incorporate learning and music as often as possible. Your students are more likely to retain the information as they think back to the song you taught them and in most cases, it will be something that sticks with them during their first few years of school so they have an advantage in the classroom.
Learning a Simple Instrument Teaches More Than Just Music
Music education also applies to teaching children a new instrument. While their fine motor skills and gross motor skills are still developing, it’s important to focus on very simple instruments at first such as the piano keyboard, xylophone, bongo, and sometimes even drums. A child who learns the fundamentals of these instruments will have an accelerated development of motor skills as they learn to associate movement with sound.
A new found appreciation for music and playing an instrument may blossom at a very early age, preparing them for more advanced instruments such as wind and stringed instruments. This is exactly why, at Kiwi Preschool, we really focus on a child’s participation in our music education courses. We know how much of a benefit they provide the child, and we encourage parents to keep this education developing at home.