January 17, 2023 | Jessica Smith
Stop by the preschool music class on any given day and you’ll hear sweet singing and see children moving to the beat in many different ways (always fun to watch!). To an outsider, it might look like students are playing games and being cute. They are actually learning sophisticated concepts and skills as they sing and play.
Here are some of the concepts we have been working on this year.
Mustard Seed is a musical school. Children sing daily in worship and in class meetings. Young children often sing spontaneously throughout the day. You may have heard your child singing songs from school or making up a song to themselves as they play with their toys. Some children will mostly observe when we are singing in school and will go home and sing all the songs by themselves. This is all normal and a beautiful part of development. We are made to be singing people.
Wondering how to support your child’s musical development? Sing with them! Don’t worry if you have a weaker voice or struggle to match pitch sometimes. Play music in the car and sing along. Have a dance party at home and sing along. Sing a lullaby at bedtime. One of the best things you can do for your child’s musical development at this age is to sing with them.