Music Development Course

Tonight I attended a course on Supporting Music Development at the Early Years Professional Development Centre in Leyland. The emphasis was on the fact that music is all around us and focussed my attention on providing opportunities for children to develop their musical awareness and skills through continuous provision. Music play can take many forms: using real-life music experiences in play (eg. imitating Daddy on the guitar); using items as props (eg. singing into a hairbrush); incorporating sounds and singing into play (humming, aeroplane/fire engine noises); using music in role play (singing to baby); playing an instrument or exploring sounds (eg. banging a drum or pan lid); singing alone or with others. Young children create music spontaneously with and without instruments and I feel that the course helped focus my skills to recognise, respond to and extend children’s music play.

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