Parents and teachers often ask “What is creative movement?” The terms dance and movement are interchangeable when referring to creative movement. Creative movement is an art form whose medium is the human body in motion. The four basic elements of dance are the body and its different parts and range of movement, and space, time, and energy. Understanding and using these four elements can open up a range of imaginative possibilities.
A video by Rich Gordon (Instrumental Music Director at Sycamore J.H.S. in Anaheim, CA) about teaching musical instruments to young children. This video will provide helpful strategies for starting “from scratch” with a young child’s music education.
While many studies suggest that listening to classical music, such as Mozart, increases IQs and helps students to do better on tests and in class, other research suggests that learning to play an actual instrument can having more benefits.
Jackie Harris, Executive Director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp and a life-long advocate and supporter of music education for children, talks about the importance and benefits of music education for kids.
The 2014-15 Louisville Leopard Percussionists rehearsing “Kashmir,” “The Ocean” and “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin. The video has gone viral and has received over 1 million views. Led Zeppelin founder and guitarist Jimmy Page even praises the young ensemble. “Too good not to share,” he writes on Facebook.
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Children of all ages express themselves through music. Playing music for infants proves that, even at an early age, children sway, bounce, or move their hands in response to music they hear. Many preschoolers make up songs and, with no self-consciousness, sing to themselves as they play. Kids in elementary school learn to sing together as a group and possibly learn to play a musical instrument. Older children dance to the music of their favorite rock bands and use music to form friendships and share feelings.
Whether your child is the next Beyonce or more likely to sing her solos in the shower, she is bound to benefit from some form of music education. Research shows that learning the do-re-mis can help children excel in ways beyond the basic ABCs.
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidenced-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapy is a well-established allied health profession similar to occupational therapy and physical therapy.
By Laura Lewis BrownWhether your child is the next Beyonce or more likely to sing her solos in the shower, she is bound to benefit from some form of music education. Research shows that learning the do-re-mis can help children excel in ways beyond the basic ABCs.
More Than Just Music