We have always been aware of the beauty, mystery, and power of music; neuroscientists are now showing that its power may be even greater than we supposed, reaching into the very neurons with which we reason, remember, and learn. – (from 42nd Street Foundation)
Music in early childhood is a critical aspect of a child’s development. The two to the six-year-old child as per Dr.Maria Montessori’s philosophy is in a sensitive period of development and is susceptible to sensory-motor activities. An age-appropriate curriculum within the musical environment allows toddlers, preschoolers, and children of other ages to reach their inherent musical potential. In the Montessori environment, singing and playing musical games are an essential part of the music curriculum. These activities allow our toddlers and preschoolers to develop their inner musical ear. The voice is a natural instrument that every person possesses if cultivated at an early age. Children participating in singing games learn to absorb simple melodies through rhythm and movement. Music gives the power to children with a timid personality to express themselves confidently in a manner no one can correct. It further trains their auditory sense to become perfect listeners while developing a great sense of timing, empathy, and dedication.
Our Music curriculum is designed around a composition of international songs, including classical, folk, and children’s songs. Musical concepts incorporated include rhythm, pitch, form, dynamics, notation, and harmony. The ear training involves singing and rhythmic training directly related to the pieces being taught.
Music classes for our toddlers and preschool students include: Developing piano techniques, strengthening dexterity, and reinforcing ear training. They are encouraged to freely explore the keyboard and are guided into improvising, or to creating a composition. Sometimes they simply “play”, and sometimes they choose to work on certain pieces in their repertoire. Our toddlers and preschoolers regularly perform for one another, and at least once a year, are provided the opportunity to perform at larger concerts for parents and friends.
The introduction of Music and the Brain is complementary to the Montessori Method. The period between three and six years of age is ideal for the beginning of musical education, music being a language to be learned through the natural development of the three senses: hearing, eyesight, and touch. It is, therefore, naturally absorbed by the child’s mind.
Montessori children often learn to read music while – if not before – learning to read text.