MUSICAL PLAY TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR JAMES ST, PRE SCHOOL CHILDREN AND STAFF.
We have been enjoying working with teachers and children from James St. Pre School in Redcliffs, Christchurch. They are participating in an eight week programme which includes weekly musical play classes designed to suit the different ages and stages of development of their children from toddlers, middle years and older children about to transition to school.
The aims for this musical play programme are:
- To enhance children’s natural musicality.
- To use music for arousing or calming.
- To develop a sense of music community.
- To develop musical singing, saying, moving and playing.
- To promote tuneful singing for children and staff alike using scale songs in relation to counting and body awareness.
- To promote musical play in all aspects of the curriculum and to help teachers feel confident and competent in singing instructional songs and using music throughout daily routines.
- To reinforce and follow the children’s own music ideas in their own play, thus building self esteem and communication.
- To help establish rhythmical play, steady beat, understanding of weight, time, space and energy.
- To use a range of props in group music sessions such as natural materials, poi, rakau, parachute, rainbow ring, maracas in ways that help children to listen, wait, take turns, follow sung instructions and enjoy musical play as a group.
- To include a training PD evening for teachers so that they learn how, why what music does in relation to children’s emotional, physical, cognitive, social and psychological development.
Reflective practice is a vital part of helping teachers to listen, watch, wait and understand how children naturally include the elements of music in their own play. Such musical play promotes brain growth and development and joyful relationship based music interactions. Music can then underpin every aspect of the curriculum.