24th February 2014

Musical play is a natural means of supporting engaged, sustained relationship based play. When musical play is used in a calming and regulating way, the child becomes engaged, able to listen, interact and initiate their own sounds and actions. Follow the child, match their energy levels, copy their sounds and actions and incorporate simple, predictable, playful, songs and musical games. 

Because musical form has a clear beginning, middle and end, it has been one of the most important contributing factors helping the development of the child’s concentration. The child learns to follow the musical form of an activity and sung instructions such as “now get ready to stop”! This helps the child in all daily routines. 

Musical form helps with problem solving, task organisation, and completion of task, teaching the child to wait, to expect closure. The song can be short and predictable helping the child to anticipate and follow each sequence of the activity: “Roll the ball and catch the ball and now get ready to stop”. The song can be extended and developed helping the child to persevere with an activity which is never boring if the play is musical. The same words can be repeated for each verse, until the child can listen and follow the sung instructions. Musical form, much use of repetition and use of rhythmic, playful songs provide consistency, helping the child to anticipate and practice sequences of an activity.

The music becomes an organising factor, helping the child to modulate from one task to another, accepting order and routine, and to communicate creatively, joyfully and playfully.

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Throughout my course of study in Play Therapy and Musical Play, I have had some of the most memorable and valuable teaching and learning experiences with the children. I have learnt to facilitate their learning in a way that inspires the children’s inner most confidence and creativity. I am more aware of the children’s emotions and have greater rapport with the children because I have learnt to listen, observe and acknowledge them for who they truly are. Julie and Alex provided an encouraging curriculum that supported my journey in Play Therapy and Musical Play. Our skype meetings made me feel confident, and the professional conversations had were inspiring and motivating. This course is a must do for all professionals who engage in early childhood education!

Megan Manson, Primary School Teacher, Melbourne
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