Music is not my strong suit. I can’t sing a note in key, I can’t read music and Billy Joel once told me not to clap along because I kept sh*tty time. (True story, although I don’t think he meant me personally… he said it to everyone at the concert.)
But I love the way music makes me feel: music can make me feel happy, even when I am sad. It can make me feel powerful, even if I am full of doubts. And it can make me feel unstoppable, even when I’ve been knocked down.
And I love what music can help me do: I can run faster and further with a soundtrack in my ears. I can dance all night if the DJ is playing ‘my’ music. House work is a breeze when my playlist is on. And I can work more effectively with deeper concentration and better attention-to-detail if the right type of music is playing in the background.
This is the truth behind our music therapy program. Our program is not about teaching music, or about using music for entertainment. Our program uses music to actively support the children to improve their health, functioning and wellbeing.
Classical Greek philosopher and mathematician Plato said: “Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education.” And even though he has been dead for almost 2,500 years, he is just as correct today as he was then.
Music stimulates the brain, emotions and body simultaneously, which is why it is so powerful in making us *feel* and *do* things. It is an incredible learning and development tool for children (actually, for everyone) because you can create a multi-sensory learning environment that activates all quadrants of the brain.
In our music therapy classes, we use music to:
- develop gross and fine motor skills
- improve social, speech and language skills
- improve spatial and problem-solving skills
- encourage confidence to move
- encourage creativity and emotional expression.
And when music is used to support learning, it can:
- improve concentration
- increase accuracy of learning
- improve recall.
And lastly, music can be used throughout the day to complement activities or to help achieve smooth transitions from one activity to another, for instance:
- use lively music to stimulate the children at the beginning of the day
- use calming music to reintegrate them in to the classroom after a break
- use soothing music to create a peaceful classroom environment
- use task songs to get children to cooperate and focus
- use songs to create a change in mindset to facilitate transitions from one activity to another.
Our music therapy program can be incorporated in to child care centres as incursions where our trained and talented music therapists deliver each music therapy session, or through our licencing and accreditation program where we train the staff of the child care centre to use music therapy in their class rooms.
Either way, music is a magical learning and development tool and we encourage you to bring the beat in!