Five ways for children to play with classical music
Every monday in July music expert Tonya Dirksen from strings, keys and melodies and I share with you musical fun learning experiences for young children. This week....
Why introducing Classical Music to children
Young children are open to all kind of music. I have yet to meet a kid that turns away from (new) music. This is one of the best lessons I’ve learnt as a teacher. After some time of using children’s music, I’ve tried to change this habit and expose the kids to a larger variation of music. During moving lessons my radio would play Shakira and Michael Bublé, or relax and creation times were made special with spiritual chant and classical music. None of the kids would ever express disguise towards that what thery were hearing. They would rather show signs of recognition, maybe they knew the music from the car radio or listen to it at home with their parents.
Have a look at this video that not only confirms my words, but also will let you feel the energy behind a classical piece of music (thank you for sharing with me MaryAnne from mammasmiles)...
There have been many articles written on the benefits of classical music. They say that it has a positive effect on the cognitive development and the growth of creativity and fantasy of little ones. Until now these advantages have not been recognized by scientific research, but it is true that classical music has something magical......
For me personally listening to classical music brings me back to times in which their were other kind of values going around. People then seemed to be less hectic, more elegant, and in harmony with nature. That's why I decided to raise my child from the very beginning with classical music. I started to listen more closely to Bach, Mozart and Beethoven and in doing so connected my child to the beauty of classical music.
"Exposure to classical music shouldn't be doled out in strictly educational, "eat-your-broccoli-because-it's-good-for-you" doses. It can and should be part of the larger flow of life." (source)
Five playful moments to expose your child to classical Music
I would like to share with you the 5 moments that I used as a mother (and a teacher) to develop a basic knowledge of classical music in my child(ren). As you know the fun of learning is in the playfulness.These are my 5 favorite play moments! They are linked to five great classical pieces. By clicking on the picture you will hear the classical piece that goes together with the moment.
1. Sleeping to classical music - composer Edvard Grieg 'Morning'
2. Playing independently with the music box - composer Johan Sebastian Bach 'The Lovers Concerto'
3. Painting to express emotions with dark colours and 'sad' music - composer J.S. Bach 'Cello Suite no.1 , Prelude' (amazingly brought to you by 'the piano guys').
4. Moving together doing the 'airplane' - composer Wolgang Amadeus Mozart 'Eine Kleine nachtmusik'.
5. Dreaming, breathing towards fantasy and creativity - composer tchaikovsky 'nutcracker suite mirlitons'
Becoming a Pirat's captain
And what is your favorite classical piece?
Inspirational resources to learn more about classical music and children:
- Classic for kids
- Classical music and toddlers
- Introducing classical music to kids
- Raising Musical Children by the artful parent
- Playing the Violin by Mamasmiles (check out also this post about 'music for toddlers')
- Drawing to music by the artful parent
- Montessori Inispired Music appreciation activities by living montessori now
- 7 other great classical pieces to introduce your child to classical music
- A children's book 'I like the music' with free printable by the wise owl factory
- A series of video by 'Baby Einstein
- Listening to Musicals by in lieu of preschool