Why Music and ECE?
For as long as I can remember, music has been a large part of my life. It helped me form bonds with my brothers and sister from an early age, taught me my ABC’s, and served as a strong memorization tool. I used it to help me focus during my studies from junior high to earning my college degree. My headphones are in as I write this. To this day, there are times that I hear song from ten years ago and an experience, person, or fact that i haven’t thought of in years will come into mind. Without question, I would not be where I am today without the influence of music. I imagine that many reading this feel the same way.
Music can, and should, play a fundamental role in the lives and brain development of our children. This is because music “serves the expressive, emotional, intellectual, social, and creative needs of all children” (NafME.org). It is a tool that helps the “whole child,” not just the intellectual child. Whether we have infants, toddlers, or school-age children, music will help them develop into more successful and well-rounded members of our society. Study after study has been conducted in regards to music and Early Childhood Education (ECE). And one fact has always been clear: “the years from birth to the age of six is the most important period for a child’s musical development” (novakdjokovicfoundation.org). If this fact is clear, then we must do all we can to make music an important part of each child’s life.
Music and Building Kidz
At Building Kidz, we take this seriously. Walk into one of our infant rooms, and you will hear music playing in the background. Some of the infants may be learning to clap to the beat. Have a three-year-old? Come in during music time, and you will see them dancing while they learn about the letter “e”. They dance as they sing about math, science, and other topics-combining movement and sound to form a more concrete understanding in their developing brains. And we don’t just expose children to music, we provide them with musical experiences. We do this because studies have shown that “musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills” (brighthorizons.com). Think about that. Musical experiences “accelerate brain development,” especially in reading and language skills. Providing musical experiences for our children help them become better readers and speakers at faster pace than if we did not provide musical experiences. Building Kidz provides musical experiences for our children on a daily basis.
For our 3 to 6 year old students, these experiences culminate in two performances each year. Every June, they perform in a Broadway-style production and every December a Winter Recital is held. Not only does this provide each child a chance to show what they have learned, it also strengthens their confidence and public speaking skills. The complete health of your children is not only of utmost importance to you and to us, it is crucial to the future of our society. And the musical experiences Building Kidz provides will help that future be brighter.