TEACHERS FROM JAMES STREET PRE SCHOOL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EVENING
As part of the Musical Play programme at James Street Pre School Julie Wylie gave an interactive training PD evening for teachers.
WHY DOES MUSIC WORK?
Music is an intuitive universal language of the emotions. Babies respond to music from birth, especially the singing voice of the mother. Interactive musical play helps to establish strong loving relationships. Music can be used effectively to calm and regulate the brain. When the lower brain is calm and regulated, this has a flow on effect allowing learning to take place in the upper brain.
HOW DOES MUSIC WORK?
Rhythm stirs our body and we see this in the way young children bounce, or move in time to steady beat.
Tonality or melody (tune) stirs our brains.
According to Levitin the coming together of rhythm and melody bridges the very primitive lower brain (the motor control part of our brain: the cerebellum) and the cerebral cortex (the upper most evolved part of our brain).
A single note can immediately arouse the upper brain. When we use songs within the child’s pitch range (middle C-A) and sing pitch songs in relation to the body (feet, knees, tummy, shoulders, head as we sing up the scale C D E F G) our brains are interested and aroused. When we sing back down the scale to middle C, we move from high arousal to calm. Teachers sing with the children and sing with enthusiasm.
WHAT SHOULD WE INCLUDE IN EVERY MUSIC SESSION?
Remember to start with calming activities, arouse, then back to calm.
Include the elements of music: rhythm, melody, dynamics, (loud and soft), harmony, form: (clear beginning, middle end through songs, nursery rhymes, stories, chants, using much repetition. USE REPETITION. It is OK to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” or songs like”the “Wheels of the Bus” in every session until every child knows and does the actions of the song. This song can be done with a rainbow ring, parachute, following the actions, or singing the song with the accompanying illustrated picture book. It can be sung in the sandpit, at the dough table, anywhere.
Explore weight, time, space and energy through dance and action songs.
Use changing tempo, rhythms, matching the energy levels of the children through song and musical play. Use poi, ribbon sticks, organza, scarves.
Include lots of body percussion activities, clapping, patting, stamping.
Use your singing voices as much as possible and tune yourself in through use of tuned instrument like chime bars or beautiful tuned instruments. Go on line and look at EVERY EDUCAID selection. End the session with calming activities eg “Baby Massage” track 13 or “Sula Lula” “ROCK-A-BYE-BLUES Julie Wylie.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF GROUP MUSIC?
- To establish regulated, relationship based musical play, musicality, well-being, communication, exploration and a sense of community
- To develop self esteem
- To match mood and emotions
- To develop listening, fine/gross motor and cognitive skills
- To bring about changes in mood, changes in relationship, changes in attention
- To develop tuneful singing and rhythmic playing
- To develop non-verbal and verbal communication
- To develop understanding of order, predictability, routines and musical form, (clear beginning middle and end). Include play and stop games
- To honour and follow the child’s offerings
- To incorporate songs/dances/games from other cultures
- To weave all strands of learning
HOW CAN WE USE MUSIC IN EVERY FACET OF OUR PROGRAMME WITH CHILDREN OF ALL AGES?
- Sing questions, sing step by step instructions for daily routines
- Sing about what children are doing
- Practise daily routines through sung instructions such as washing hands, tidying up, lining up, kai time.
MUSICAL PLAY PROMOTES:
- Speech, language, tuneful singing, rhythmical play, following a sequence of actions, dance, musicality, communication
- Thinking and memory
- Social engagement
- Practising of routines
- Joyful play where it all comes together
- Musical Play helps to weave all strands of learning
WHAT CDS DO WE USE?
SING AND PLAY, MAGICAL MUSICAL PLAY, BEAN BAG BOP,
TEDDY BEARS TANGO, ROCK-A-BYE BLUES all from Julie Wylie Sing and Play
WHAT PROPS DO WE USE?
Beautiful illustrated rhyming books including “Brown Bear” “Hairy McLary”.
Drums including gathering drum
At least one tuned instrument for each group to tune you and the children in
Organza, Ribbon Sticks, Rakau, Poi, Organza fabric, Parachute
SEE: EVERY EDUCAID go online or view their catalogue