He’s Got Rhythm

Wednesday 11th May 2016
Julie Wylie

Although Reid is only fifteen months old, he is exploring and creating patterns on the drum. He is holding a drum stick in each hand and is able to keep a consistent steady beat with his right hand. He is totally absorbed in his play and is playing a variety of sounds, patterns, all the time maintaining a steady beat.

Through this play Reid is:
Creating his own music
Learning self initiative
Listening to and developing an ear for rhythmic pattern
Motor planning
Organising his body in relation to his drumming
Testing his own limits,
Developing eye hand coordination
Enjoying the creative possibilities of his highly musical play.
Learning how to improvise and engage his audience
Learning how to regulate his own play
Learning how to adjust his playing of loud and soft, fast and slow
Enjoying spontaneous play
Learning self control
Experiencing a sense of freedom
Taking pride in his own musical play

Any rhythmic play like this  involves  whole body, regulated physical movement. Reid’s drumming is experimental with so many learning outcomes. It is this kind of rhythmic play that helps children develop rhythm internalisation. Steady beat underpins all movement, language development, the ability to play in time with others, to listen and copy a sequence of sounds and to be able to self-regulate. The brain loves patterns. The brain attends to the repetitive nature of pulse/steady beat interacting with rhythmic pattern.

Steady beat is music’s pace maker. In Reid’s play with his right hand we can hear how his use of pulse/steady beat paces and drives his play and he is naturally incorporating his own patterns with his left hand. Rhythmic pattern is one of the most important elements in pacing the learning of spoken language. This kind of musical play activates the whole brain and as we can see, Reid is enjoying every moment of his creative play.

 


Testimonials

 Thank you very much to offer a wonderful music workshop for Chinese ECE educators in Auckland. We have learnt so much music teaching ideas for babies, toddlers, over 3 and special needs children. Most importantly, we learnt the ways that how you communicate and interact with children at different age groups in the music activities. I was hoping I could be a professional ECE music teacher like you and help many young children to build their musicality at the beginning of their life.

非常感谢Julie Wylie能为我们奥克兰华人幼教老师带来这场精彩的幼儿早教音乐培训课。在您的课堂上,我们学到了如何与不同年龄组的小朋友交流,并开展音乐活动。作为我个人来讲,我希望我也能成为向您一样的优秀的早教音乐教师。我希望在我的教育职业生涯中,通过我的努力,能帮助更多的小朋友在少儿时期对音乐产生兴趣,并在幼儿园里学习到基础的音乐知识与技能。

Yona Yang Li, Scribbles Early Education Centre (Auckland)
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