Children love making music. Sounds are such an exciting way to interact with the world around them. Music Together® classes do a wonderful job of encouraging each child to participate in their own way, allowing them to respond to the long and short rhythms of various songs while being surrounded by smiles and laughter.
Over the past six weeks there has been a noticeable difference in my son’s interest and response to music. A large part of that has been due to my own involvement, making an effort to incorporate what I have learned in music classes at home. Weekly classes have given me an opportunity to fully focus on my son and our one-on-one time has been a special connection, especially when the days and weeks are full of abundant distractions. I have had so much fun incorporating music into playtime.
Putting movements to songs and embracing my silly side initially took some effort as I got comfortable with some unfamiliar songs. Observing in class how all of the children have become more focused and engaged has made getting in better touch with this childlike part of me worthwhile.
Music is also a wonderful way to encourage the development of both gross and fine motor skills through finger plays, dancing, and playing percussion instruments. Using the mallet of his drum, my son has worked on his problem-solving skills to identify that hollow objects make better sounds. He also discovered that while our cat makes some highly entertaining noises, she most definitely does not want to be a part of his percussion party. My son now responds to the songs he recognizes and gamely attempts to copy my arm movements for any songs that have gestures. Yesterday I even caught him humming to himself while he played with some toys. There was no music on and I can assure you that while his little tune may not have sounded like much, I struggled to keep my composure. A small moment, but one I will treasure forever.
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. Please visit merylsmusicandarts.com for more information.
Disclaimer: This review was made possible by Meryl's Music & Arts. All thoughts are the blogger's own.
Cape Cod Mommies wants to thank our blogging mom Emily for her fantastic blogs and participation with her son in this series! To celebrate how important music is for our children's lives and in our own lives, Meryl has graciously donated a basket of instruments as a giveaway!
One lucky Cape Cod Mom will receive a basket containing: 1 pair castanets, 1 toggle toy, 1 pair rhythm sticks, 1 pair shaker eggs, 1 triangle, 1 pair chiquitas, 1 wrist bell, 1 rhino shaker, 1 Music Together Family Favorites CD.
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