Active Listening
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What can babies learn in music lessons?
What can babies learn in music lessons?
Author : Auntie Wen
If you have a chance to go to any music class for 3-years old and under, you may find the following scenario quite familiar: some babies and toddlers shake or bounce to the music, some just sit there watching and not making a sound, and some even cry and want to get out of the room. So you may wonder, what do babies and toddlers learn in music lessons? Most of them can hardly speak a proper sentence and some even can't walk. How can they benefit from a weekly 45-minute class?

Yes, you cannot just depend on the weekly lessons and expect your children to become musical. That is why the active involvement of parents and caregivers are so important at this tender age. Adults come to music lessons with their children to learn about the characteristics of children's developmental stage, activities that are appropriate to stimulate their growth and to share the joy of making music together. Adults then need to continue the activities at home. Just like learning any musical instrument, one needs to practice in order to reinforce and strengthen one's skill. It is likewise for young children to repeat those activities and songs learnt from the class during the week. This is the way how children learn at this stage - by repetition. Therefore the 45-minute music lesson is in fact, a workshop for parents and caregivers to learn more about their children's developmental features and the appropriate activities to do with their children at home.

Early childhood music education is not just for musical development, it is a whole-child development. It is through music and musical activities that children develop social, emotional, literacy, cognitive and physical skills. Most importantly, we want children to have a positive experience in music so that they will have a life-long love of music for the years to come.