Creating a space for music is the 5th learning space we're exploring-in my creating learning spaces in your home series. The music space is so important for children. There has been a lot of research done to support that listening to, and creating music helps wire children's brains for future learning. In the Music Space, children are perfecting their listening skills, developing gross motor, and fine motor skills, learning about other cultures, improving their balance, and rhythm.
Setting up this space
This fabulous music space belongs to FB Community member Rita R.
You'll want to set up your Music Space in the "noisy" section of your play area (usually near the Dramatic Play area, or far away from the Quiet Space/Reading Area). Place your Music Space in an area with enough room for the children to move around. In addition to the suggested items below, you can also add movement items such as streamers or scarves.
If you are short on space, consider a small basket of instruments, or musical items. You can also create your own music shakers that you can use in a variety of activities.
Types of music to include
You can find great deals on CD's at yard sales and thrift stores. If you have an Amazon Prime Membership be sure to take advantage of the free Music offered to prime members (not a member? try it FREE for 30 days). You can even create playlists.
Be sure to expose children to a variety of music styles, and repeat songs often. There are many popular children's artists that you can include in your music collection such as: Ella Jenkins, Raffi, Sharon Lois & Brahm, and Music with Nancy.
Listen to music during different parts of the day
You can have music playing when the children arrive, quiet music at nap time or unwind, up beat music for movement, and even bring a radio or music outside during outside play.
Using music to teach
Children can learn a variety concepts through music! They can learn letters (and the sounds they make), Colors, and the world around them. They can even learn about rest and relaxation through music!
Items to include in this space by age:
Variety of Music: R&B, Classical, Bluegrass, Polka, Rock and Rolls, Jazz, and Latin American.
Rhythm Instruments: Drums, Rhythm Sticks, and Shakers, tambourine
Toys that make musical sounds
Music from Different Cultures
Photos from Musical Events
Rhythm Instruments (Handmade or Commercial)
Old Instruments that can still be used (Guitars, Keyboards, Maracas, Drums)
Recordings of a Variety of Music (Classical, Bluegrass, Jazz, and Children's Songs)
See how to set up this music table created by Little Bins for Little Hands
This fabulous performance & music space belongs to FB Community member Diane O.
Montessori inspired music area from Natural Beach Learning
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