One of the nice things about taking the Music Together® class with my son has been the opportunity to participate in an activity that allows me to forget everything else going on in my life and give him my undivided attention. Regardless of your situation (working part-time, full-time, or as the primary caregiver) it is impossible not to multitask, dividing attention between all the responsibilities that demand your attention. The biggest challenge of parenthood has been this never-ending juggling act and I often find myself guilty of doing too many things at once. I appreciate having a scheduled time each week where I can focus solely on him. Now that my son is old enough to communicate through his limited vocabulary and hand gestures, he is pretty good at letting me know when he needs some undivided attention at home. Lately we have had a lot of fun playing with his collection of percussion instruments. I have begun to notice that he can sporadically keep tempo when we are tapping along to a song.
Incorporating music into our play time together has fostered language development through singing and physical coordination both by playing instruments and dancing. It is also a great way to release physical
energy. My son seems more receptive to all patterns of sound and rhythm, pointing out the rumble of an
idling motorcycle, the rise and fall of a siren, the cry of a seagull, and even the thrumming of rain on the roof. Not only does he recognize the“music” in these sounds, he attempts to imitate them— growling like the motorcycle, shouting, “whEEE-OOOooo” at the ambulance, cawing back at the seagull, and tapping his fingers on the wall like raindrops. I am glad that my attention was focused fully on him during these moments. Not only so that I actually took notice of them, but also so I could encourage his natural curiosity as he begins to relate sounds and rhythms to the world around him.
Music Together® is a parent-child music class of mixed ages from birth to age five. Classes focus on interactive play where both the caregiver and child share songs, play instruments, and participate in rhythm chants and movement activities. Classes of mixed ages foster family-style learning where the younger children watch and imitate the older ones, and the older children learn by leading the younger ones. Meryl's Music and Arts Centers offer a variety of classes for children (from birth to age seven) at studios in Harwich, S. Yarmouth, Bourne, Eastham, and Sandwich.
Disclaimer: This review was made possible by Meryl's Music & Arts. All thoughts are the blogger's own.
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