How does music feel?
Holidays are a great time to lay back and listen to music with your little one, but have you ever thought to make art to music?
Music does amazing things to our brains. It can make us feel happy or sad; like jumping about or floating across the room on our tippy toes. So, pop on some classics and lay out some paper and crayons and watch as your child draws the way the music makes them feel. Afterwards, talk about what they’ve drawn. How did they feel? Why did they choose these colours?
Music opens up pathways in our brains and introducing different types of music to your child, whether it’s classical, jazz, rock or reggae, gets them learning about patterns in music, rhythm, beat and the difference between sounds. This can have a lasting impact on early literacy and numeracy as little ones, even babies, learn to recognise the sounds letters make, the way words are put together (clap out syllables together) and that songs tell a story, with a beginning, a middle and an end.
Even if your little one doesn’t understand the lyrics, they’ll be inclined to move to the rhythm of different songs. This movement helps with coordination, strength and balance, and language development, especially when you link actions to the words in a song.
Make music a part of your everyday life. You don’t always need a playlist. Your voice is the most beautiful thing a baby will hear so sing as you change nappies, make a meal, tidy up, at bedtime – there is always a good time for a song.
Search for these classics by keyword in our One Search catalogue to listen to some great choices, and watch the creative magic unfold:
- Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite
- Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata
- Korsakov's Flight of the Bumble Bee
- Chopin's Nocturne in E
- Bach's Prelude in C Major