If you peek in the window of a Kindermusik classroom, it might look like we are just playing with bells, having fun with friends, cuddling with mom, and dancing around the room. But the real truth is that we are using the power of music and the joy of movement to help children learn and benefit from valuable life lessons and skills that are setting them up for success in school, at home, and later in the workplace.
Nine Life Lessons I Learn from Music Class
Life lesson #1: When I have to wait my turn for an instrument, I learn how to work well with others and be a good friend.
Life lesson #2: When we get to share our ideas for how to move or play an instrument, I learn not only that my own ideas are important, but also that my classmates’ ideas are valuable too.
Life lesson #3: When it’s time to quietly listen and rock to music, I learn how to be still, focus, and relax. Life is stressful, even for kids!
Life lesson #4: When I’m in class with my special grown up, I learn the most from the very best teacher I will ever have. (That’s you, Mom, Dad, or Grandma!)
Life lesson #5: When it’s time to get up and move, I learn that I can be so creative in how I move – it’s helping me be much more self-confident.
Life lesson #6: When I have to stop on cue or go on to a new activity, I learn how to control my actions and responses. (My teacher calls this “inhibitory control.” My mom calls it a really great idea.)
Life lesson #7: When I have to play an instrument in different ways or use exploration to learn more about a musical prop, I learn how to be an effective problem-solver.
Life lesson #8: When I get to do things more than once, I learn that practice doesn’t make perfect, but it does make me better.
Life lesson #9: When I sing, listen, and move to music, I learn that I have many ways to communicate my ideas and feelings.
Want to help your child learn these same life lessons and skills? Come visit a class.
Contributed by Kindermusik educator Theresa Case, whose award-winning Kindermusik program at Piano Central Studios is located in beautiful upstate South Carolina.