Little Birds Philosophy
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.
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.
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.
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!