2 years old & above
Music is a universal language, loved by children and adults in cultures throughout the world. Children have an uninhibited inclination to move, dance, and make music, as well as an innate capacity to appreciate all types of music. Musical activities are included in the daily life of the Montessori classroom and respected as much as other curriculum subjects.
Skills that Children Will Learn
Research shows that music is fundamental in early childhood education, helping children to develop in various ways, including problem-solving and logic skills. Language acquisition is enhanced as children learn songs with varied vocabulary, meter, and rhyme. Cultural lessons are enriched with songs about continents, planets, respect for Earth, and much more.
Music gives children opportunities to perfect their movements and refine coordination, with songs such as “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes,” and “Farmer in the Dell.” Music and movement provide children with ways to express their own unique spirits.
- Reading books about the lives of musicians and composers.
- Playing classical and world music during the work period.
- Giving children the opportunity to hear instruments played. Invite parents to come play their viola or clarinet!
- Singing songs for cleanup or circle time. (“Good morning Ella. Good morning Desmond. Good morning Juanita. We’re glad you’re here today.”)
- Teaching songs with increasing complexity as children progress. By age five, many children are capable of singing songs with challenging melodies and many verses, as well as rounds such as “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”