Music ignites all areas of child development: intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together.
Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. For children and adults, music helps strengthen memory skills.
For toddlers and preschoolers, music making can be a dynamic social learning experience. Music helps children learn that together they can make something larger than the sum of its parts.
In addition to all the benefits of music, it simply provides us with joy!
The Music Room at the Cape Cod Children’s Museum has recently been overhauled with a new look, new layout, and of course new and varied instruments for visitors to enjoy. From toddler-sized tambourines to a unique wall display of tuned PVC pipes, there are opportunities galore for children to explore, create and collaborate in spontaneous jam sessions or individual performances.
- Play instruments – real or pretend
- Make instruments from everyday objects
- Listen to music
- Sing songs or do finger plays
- Make up rhymes
- Dance and Move
- About creative expression and expressing emotion
- About sounds and music, such as loud, soft, fast/slow tempo and pitch
- Body awareness and what they can do
- Self-confidence and fine motor skills
- To explore adult roles
- New vocabulary and language concepts