Written by Marni Levitt
I can’t underline the importance of music enough. In education, in wellness, in life! In my 10 years experience teaching within the school board (and the past 5 years of private work), I have found over and over again that when I use rhythms, a musical way of talking, call and response dialogue etc., then kids listen! They literally TUNE IN when they hear the phrases I am chanting or singing. Sometimes they tune in EVEN MORE when I add some simple body movements. Adults are more reserved at first, but the effect is still the same. They love music, and want MORE of it. Yesterday I shared some of my newest original songs for kids at a special summer camp – they loved them!
Listening and tuning in can be a particular challenge for some, (and for many kids and adults alike these days, we are so distracted with technology!!!!). When the kids knew I wrote the songs, and they felt the melody, rhythms and even the meaning of the words (words designed to instill positive self-image, relaxation and stress-reduction) – the calm and joy in the room was palpable.
That being said, you DON’T have to be a musician, a songwriter or a dancer to share music with kids. Any teacher, education professional, social worker, yoga teacher or parent can learn some simple fun rhythmic phrases to engage young people. I have seen it work over and over again – I would even say that children these days are CRAVING more music. Humans need music, like we need water and food. Our bodies are made up mostly of water, and water responds to sound vibrations, by vibrating in response.
Want more information? check out this article on the scientific benefits of music!
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May the music find you!
Wellness Educator, Animator, Speaker