Have you ever heard of social-emotional learning? If not, it’s a good time to learn more about it. It is something that is essential for early childhood development. Today, music can help improve and accelerate this growth.
What you may wonder is how educators can use music to improve social-emotional skills today. This is especially problematic for those who are still learning in a virtual or physically distanced classroom. Some tips to help make this possible can be found below.
One of the most important parts of social-emotional learning is ensuring kids connect. This is true, no matter if they are in the same room or miles apart.
To do this, have children engage in the same music-related activity. This could be clapping in time or tapping out a beat with wooden spoons. When this is done together, it means the children are synchronizing their music, along with their bodies, spirits, and minds.
Experts agree this is a huge part of the social-emotional learning process. Children must learn effective ways to overcome barriers (i.e., being in different locations) to play with one another. This exercise makes this possible in a fun and engaging way.
Most children are full of energy. With stop-and-go music activities, you have a method of expending some of this energy and controlling their continual movements.
A top concern in early education today is making sure that sedentary learning is not an issue. Do you need an effective and easy way to help students get their “wiggles” out? Do you also want to find a way to teach them self-regulation at the same time?
If so, play an instrument or song and have the children move around until the music ends. Doing this helps them learn the cues to follow to know when to start and stop moving. Even better, this is a fun activity for kids of all ages.
It’s never too early to share multicultural tunes. Children will not put the pieces together until they reach age five (in most cases), but cases of cultural awareness will start much earlier in their lives.
Even younger toddlers will be able to recognize and enjoy authentic music from around the globe. Also, most preschoolers have impressive and intelligent questions about the different characteristics that help to make each person unique.
It’s important to note that parents can use the same tips to help improve social-emotional development at home. Use the tips above to do this. Music is a huge part of any educational program and is invaluable for children of all ages. If your child is not engaging in these types of activities now, it may be time to integrate them into your daily routine. It will pay off and help ensure your child is a well-rounded, confident, and accepting adult.
We know the value of local music lessons in Huntington Park, California. We've seen how local families in the community have benefited from having their little ones enrolled in a school that can really help them to develop their music skills and shine.
Today let's talk about some of the most popular classical instruments that our students pick up, many of which have some amount of established legacy in the Huntington Beach community. Any of these can be an excellent choice for outfitting a young person with something with which they can expand their horizons and broaden their worlds.
There's an amazing community of classical guitarists in Huntington Beach. You'll see evidence of this online, and in real life as musicians celebrate the music of Segovia, Tarrega and others. Classical guitar is, in a way, coming back into vogue, and it's a great way for your young student to mix an instrument known for more modern music with a classical style that's steeped in musical tradition. There are also many opportunities to “play out” at local cafes and other public areas.
Piano is, of course, the preeminent classical instrument for some of the major composers of all time. We have many students at all levels of piano instruction, learning their way around the black and white keys and developing their own talents, techniques and styles with passion and great interest.
Whether your student wants to focus on rigorous attention to sheet music, or explore improvisation, we can provide structured lesson plans that help them along in the right incremental way, to be confident and enthusiastic about this progress.
There's so much to say about the violin. It's been the key vehicle for so many cultural styles and types of music over the centuries, and there are so many sounds you can get out of this instrument!
This is another very popular classical instrument where you see graduates and others practicing classical violin anywhere that live music is played. Huntington Beach has its share of violin and fiddle players who can play heartrending traditions of favorite classics or call the tunes at a local barn dance.
For more, check out the rest of the website for the kinds of music that your young one can get involved in to build music technique skills, social skills and overall confidence. Ask us for a tour of our studios and more information on how to get your child signed up.