Children love Music
I strongly believe in the benefits of performance for young children. When done effectively, it motivates, engages, and excites the children over many weeks and increases the energy in the room. Performance teaches the value of perseverance and practice. It develops their ability to work as a team and to be flexible when there are inevitable changes. Concert performances fill the children with a sense of accomplishment and pride. Learning the songs and movement didn't come easily or quickly. Many, many weeks of practice and consistent effort was needed to prepare for the final result of our June 16th concert.
A class performance is really a celebration of the children's learning.
Before Mrs. D and I picked the songs, we had to keep in mind that your children benefit from doing much more than just singing. To get the full benefits of music, children need to sing, clap and dance along with the tunes. Singing and movement tells the brain to make meaning of it, a cognitive process called audiation. Audiation in music is like thinking in a language. We learn by practicing, making sounds, and essentially training our brains.
When planning for pre-school concerts there are things that should be taken into consideration:
- Base the concert on your children's abilities.
- Look at your group's interest.
- Active songs that let the children move and sing.
- Build the program. Choose a favourite theme or topic.
This year's concert is based on animals. This is a topic that the children love and the songs engage them. Since we have the different age groups the songs vary in difficulty. Props were used and some were even made by the children. Thank you to all the parents for organising the costumes and the class reps for the headdresses. The little ducks look adorable, the lions ferocious, the birds colourful and the elephant's enormous.
I hope that you enjoyed this year's concert 'Carnival of the Animals'.