Small child

Music classes for babies and toddlers - what can you gain?


What is the method of Emil Jacques-Dalcroze and Carl Orff?

Barbara Bursy, Tambourine: The methods of both Dalcroze and Orff are considered the basis for teaching music. These pedagogues had an undoubted impact on understanding that a child's contact with music has a positive effect on the development of his entire personality. It is not possible to determine the exact boundaries and differences between the Orff and Dalcroze methods, because the elements of both of them intertwine. Nevertheless, it can be stated that in Dalcroze's method the main element is movement, dance. Dalcroze treated the body as an instrument for playing music. On the other hand, the Orff method is based on playing percussion instruments and improvisation - creating music.

What do music classes look like for a 4-month-old child?

Music classes for babies are mainly based on sensitizing to sound, color or dynamics. In musical and movement games, children are in constant contact with their parents by carrying, spinning, swinging, and jumping. Through the sense of touch, children learn about musical instruments. Classes are enriched with finger games and massage elements. Delicate music, not too loud, is selected for all games. Relaxation is a constant element of every class, which is the time when a parent can feed, change a baby, or just sway to music while hugging.

What instruments are best for babies?

Playing percussion instruments is a very attractive form of contact with music for children. The instruments that we use during classes are part of the so-called Orff instruments - simple percussion instruments ideally suited to work with children. Among them are, among others various types of drums, tambourines, door knockers, harpsichord, triangles, plates and bells. For the youngest children, we choose those instruments that are durable, which will not break down with a possibly stronger impact, as well as we decide on those that in their construction do not have small elements that the child could possibly swallow. And most importantly, these are instruments that have a nice and interesting sound for children.

Is it possible to notice "better hearing", "musical abilities" and "talent" at such an early stage of development?

Even the youngest children show interest in sounds. By crying or contentment they give a signal that they like or dislike the given sounds. When a child begins to acquire mobility skills, he begins to respond to music also by jolting or dancing. At such a young age, it is possible to determine the child's level of interest in music, but it is not yet possible to determine the level of his musical abilities, which can be tried to determine the fastest in preschool age.

Did the toddler clearly dislike the class?

It happens that the child is very shy and just watches the class. It also happens that a child has difficulty playing together with other children. In such situations, the role of the parent is invaluable, whose task is to give him a sense of security and encourage participation. Usually, after a few classes, they are ready to actively participate in them and enjoy it.

What function do parents do in class?

Parents actively participate in classes - together with the children they sing, dance and play. Such participation is necessary for children. Thanks to their activity, they feel more confident and are more open to having fun together. In addition, the child learns through observation and imitation, and imitating those closest to them is the most effective. And you can't forget that having fun together with music gives both children and their parents great joy, and at the same time strengthens their emotional bond.

What do music classes run by your children / parents give you?

Much has been written about the beneficial properties of music that affect child development. There are various forms of contact with music, such as listening to music, singing, playing instruments, dancing and creating music. In our classes, all these forms are intertwined, thanks to which the child develops comprehensively. Particular attention is paid to the development of creative abilities, which are, after all, the main component of intelligence. What's more, children learning songs and playing instruments, practice memory, diction, manual skills, and enrich knowledge about the world. Our classes are conducted in a group, so they are social - they teach group cooperation.

Barbara Bursy works in Tambourine, a children's music studio