Studies show that including music in school curricula can be highly beneficial, and Kinderland’s Children Music Programme (CMP) aims to achieve just that.
“Music encompasses all areas of child development and plays an important role in language development. When used creatively, it allows children to make connections to many learning domains,” says Dr. Carol Ee, Kinderland’s Director of Professional Development and Curriculum.
The Children Music Programme intertwines music into rhymes and songs, and uses enactive (action-based), iconic (image-based) and symbolic (language-based) activities to promote language and literacy. Here’s all you need to know about it!
Weekly sessions are conducted by a professionally qualified, specialist music teacher for children between the ages of 3 and 6.
3- and 4-year-olds can express themselves musically through Solfège singing, rhymes recitation, rhythmic movement, music stories and ensemble playing. Those aged 5 or 6 will be introduced to keyboard lessons to further develop their hearing and singing, in addition to keyboard playing and notation reading skills.
Additionally, children’s understanding of musical concepts are tracked regularly.
The programme aims to improve individual development of concentration skills and self-control, promote self-confidence, as well as nurture teamwork and appreciation of making music together, all while developing creativity and originality.
According to Asha Nayak, the English teacher at Kinderland, “In every cohort we get annually, there is bound to be a few shy children. Music helps children to express themselves and develop confi dence and children can overcome their shyness through playing musical games, dancing to rhythmic dramatics activities, singing and performing.”
Kinderland keeps parents in the know via circulars, emails and an online Parents Portal. Parents are encouraged to support their child through the Home Learning Link as volunteers, and by requesting their involvement and participation in the school’s performances and events.
A provider of quality infant care, bilingual kindergarten and preschool education to children two months to six years of age, the school’s curriculum integrates education methodologies from the West and the values of morality and inter-personal relationships of the East. Call to tour the school or speak to a consultant. Find out more here.
From The Finder, December 2016
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