Little Birds Philosophy

Picture of young boy with shaker and tambourine
picture of acoustic guitar

Music should be fun and stimulating!

The wonderful thing about music is that as well as

being enormous fun, it is also brilliant for little brains

and supports a range of young children’s developmental

areas.  Click here for more information on the benefits.

 

Real Instruments

In Little Birds Music sessions we use real instruments

and our voices rather than listening to recorded music.

An acoustic guitar is the primary accompaniment to

the class and there is also a range of percussion and

other child friendly instruments to play with (maracas,

shakers, bells, whistles, a lollipop drum!) so the little

birds can really get involved.

 

Using real instruments in this setting encourages

children to actively listen and gives them the opportunity

to link sounds with different instruments visually which

is just not possible when all the music is coming from

a CD player.  We also use puppets, stories and other

props to keep things fun and interesting.

 

Musical Foundations

Rhythm, pulse and pitch, an understanding of

faster and slower, higher and lower – these are

the building blocks of music.  Internalising these

concepts at young age through singing and games

creates a wonderful foundation for more formal music

study later on.  We’ll draw on the principles of the Kodàly and Dalcroze methodologies which both have particular relevance in Early Years settings.

 

Movement

Kids love to move around and when delivering music to children it can also be a really wonderful tool – it helps them feel the beat and the rhythm, to embody the concepts of faster and slower, higher and lower, etc. - and by understanding it in their bodies, it is easier to understand in a musical context too.  Moving around is also great for co-ordination and spatial awareness and for keeping fit and healthy!